Jaume Puigagut

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In this study, we evaluated the amount of accumulated solids in six different horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands (SSF CWs). We also investigated the relationship between accumulated solids and, on one hand, the wastewater quality and load and, on the other hand, the hydraulic conductivity of the granular medium. Aerobic and anaerobic(More)
A discrete injection experiment was carried out in a constructed wetland to evaluate the behavior of selected priority pollutants. A horizontal subsurface flow pilot plant located in the NE of Spain was selected for this study. A total of eight European Priority Pollutants listed in the Water Framework Directive were considered, including a commonly used(More)
The response of activated sludge microfauna in terms of abundance and diversity has been analysed to evaluate both the toxic effect of ammonia nitrogen and the acclimatisation capacity of these microorganisms to its toxicity. The harmful effect of ammonia nitrogen was studied by means of two toxicological tests. The ammonia concentrations tested were: 9,(More)
Forced aeration of horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands (HSSF CWs) is nowadays a recognized method to improve treatment efficiency, mainly in terms of ammonium removal. While numerous investigations have been reported testing constant aeration, scarce information can be found about the efficiency of intermittent aeration. This study aims at(More)
The effect of both the type of primary treatment (hydrolitic up-flow sludge blanket (HUSB) reactor and conventional settling) and the flow regime (batch and continuous) on clogging development in subsurface flow constructed wetlands (SSF CWs) was studied. Clogging indicators (such as accumulated solids, hydraulic conductivity and drainable porosity) were(More)
This work aimed at determining the amount of energy that can be harvested by implementing microbial fuel cells (MFC) in horizontal subsurface constructed wetlands (HSSF CWs) during the treatment of real domestic wastewater. To this aim, MFC were implemented in a pilot plant based on two HSSF CW, one fed with primary settled wastewater (Settler line) and the(More)
The aim of this study was to quantitatively assess the net increase in microalgal biomass concentration induced by photosynthetic microbial fuel cells (PMFC). The experiment was conducted on six lab-scale PMFC constituted by an anodic chamber simulating an anaerobic digester connected to a cathodic chamber consisting of a mixed algae consortia culture.(More)
Sediment microbial fuel cell (sMFC) represents a variation of the typical configuration of a MFC in which energy can be harvested via naturally occurring electropotential differences. Moreover, constructed wetlands show marked redox gradients along the depth which could be exploited for energy production via sMFC. In spite of the potential application of(More)
Nematode diversity and dynamics of a full-scale rotating biological contactor plant (RBC) has been studied. Analysis of biofilm composition showed a well-established zoning of microfauna among the three RBC sections analysed. Nematodes appeared to be the dominant group within the larger microfauna populations with average abundances between 200 and(More)
To determine the effects of particulate and soluble compounds on microfauna populations and treatment efficiency in activated sludge systems, two experimental wastewater treatment plants were set up and evaluated for a period of five months. The plants were fed with pre-flocculated domestic sewage enriched with starch or glucose as model substrates of(More)