Pharmaceutical Effluent Management
Pharmaceutical and Bio Pharma Industry
The Pharmaceutical and Bio Pharma Industry produces high strength organic liquid waste water which requires treatment. These high strength industrial waste streams are often difficult to break down in conventional wastewater treatment processes. The high COD values and recalcitrant nature of the organic compounds present are characteristic of Pharmachem wastewater streams worldwide.
The AquaCritox® process can be used to achieve complete destruction of high strength industrial wastewater streams. The supercritical water oxidation process acheives rapid and total oxidation of all of the organic compounds present.
- Complete destruction of all organic components
- Small footprint technology
- Cost effective alternative to incineration
- No difficulties obtaining a licence
- No dioxins formed during oxidation
- Energy recovery module available to produce renewable energy
SCFI has carried out trials on a variety of Pharmaceutical and Chemical wastewater streams at its AquaCritox® A10 facility. The results indicate complete destruction of organics.
Unlike membrane filtration processes, AquaCritox® does not produce a hazardous concentrate which then has to be disposed of. In biological treatment processes a hazardous waste sludge is produced, the AquaCritox® process produces an inert ash and a liquid stream with extremely low COD values. Wet Air Oxidation processes only achieve partial oxidation of pharmaceutical wastewater, whereas in the supercritical phase, complete oxidation is achieved. As the oxidation occurs in the water phase, the process does not have the air issues which are associated with incineration of high strength organic wastewater streams.