Recycling Phosphorus – a Breakthrough for Your Company
It is hard to overrate the importance of phosphates for life on Earth. Phosphates are key ingredients in a multitude of bioorganic processes. Plants and animals simply cannot survive without phosphates. This is one of the key life components that is vital for our survival and we have to respect it.
While phosphorus is a common element on Earth, natural sources of this highly important element will be exhausted at some point. The biggest focus of our world is on recycling waste streams in order to produce phosphorus and ensure that we will not run short on this vital element.
The Importance of Recycling Phosphorus
Phosphates that we mine are plentiful yet limited and ultimately irreplaceable. At the same time, some mines are harder to mine than others and at some point mining phosphate minerals will be economically unviable. With this in mind, we should shift our focus on a more accessible source of phosphorus. The demand for phosphorus is growing constantly as Earth population continues to increase.
Phosphates spiked in price about 8 years ago and caused a massive series of financial failures all over the world since many farmers could not afford buying phosphates and ensure that their fields are nurtured enough.
The problem is not only in a limited number of sources, but also in inefficient usage of phosphates. Sloppy usage leads to excessive waste and dirty drinking water that end up accumulating waste.
These waste streams can be used to our advantage and phosphorus can be extracted from these streams and used once again allowing for a relatively cheap source of valuable phosphorus. This is a great opportunity for the whole world to both improve ecology and find a new source of phosphorus.
Is It Viable to Recycle Phosphorus?
Scientists are trying to find the most efficient way of extracting phosphorus from unconventional sources like wastewater and manure. Recent studies on biosolids show promise.
Various types of waste can be reapplied in a variety of ways. For example, manure and human food waste has been used in production of corn to a moderate success. This technology has been probed in the United States of America and many experts called it a success.
Some studies calculated how much phosphorus is in waste generated by USA. The chocking part of such researches is that less than half of phosphorus contained in waste could easily cover the demand in the United States corn production industry.
If manure and other organic waste streams are treated correctly and according to hygiene standards, the waste can be used as a very efficient phosphorus source that can be even more accessible than fertilizers produced in a conventional way. Another ready-to-go source is phosphorus from water that can be captured via chemical infusion.
While some waste streams seem to be obvious sources of phosphorus, we still do not have the technology to make it economically sound and efficient. There are issues with infrastructure and processing methods, but ultimately we will arrive to the point where recycling phosphorus is more viable than traditional methods.
One of the most successful technologies that can be viable is granulation.
How Can Granulation Help?
Transforming organic masses and other liquid containing compounds into a granulated product is called granulation. This technology is a conventional method that is applied in various areas of agriculture. Handling and transporting various nutrients and manure is easier with granulation which greatly reduces market and transportation costs of the product. A properly granulated product is visually appealing and easy-to-use. At the same time, granulation is a customization option that makes any product much more interesting and viable. Less moisture means less waste of nutrients.
One of the most conventional examples of granulation is processing manure. The material is processed by tumbling that causes agglomeration. The material is later dried in order to remove excessive moisture. After cooling, the product is stripped off any odors. The result of such processing is a biosolid of A Class and can be applied by directly distributing the raw product over the soil.
It is not a surprise that one of the richest with phosphorus sources are waste streams. With so many areas where phosphorus can be applied, we generate massive amounts of phosphorus rich waste. Recycling is one of the best alternatives to shrinking reserves of phosphates.
Strommashina manufacturers equipment that is perfectly suited for recycling waste and recovering precious phosphorus. Our experience covers a plethora of successful solutions that we have implemented previously.
While the very technology is still fairly young and needs refinement, Strommashina tries to follow the most recent developments in the world and apply them immediately in order to offer state-of-the-art solutions that can completely change the way your company operates. We strongly believe that our focus on equipment tailored for phosphorus recycling is the way to go! Please contact our specialist in order to learn how you can set up a processing line that will produce high quality fertilizers and nutrients directly from waste streams!