Biosolids Technology Blogs
I was literally stopped in my (running) tracks when Eric Haseltine in a TED Radio Hour podcast interview (Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?) asserted that leaps forward in science come from those pre-eminent scientists who push the boundaries of established scientific knowledge. This struck a chord because I had picked up on some recent science stories about “boundary pushing” and realized I was quite vague in our own field of “biosolids science” just who is doing such “boundary pushing."
We are seeing real team spirit in our wastewater community for solving the challenge to dewatering performance of Bio-P plants. Though it will certainly not yield a million-person street parade, like the Eagle's Super Bowl celebration in Philadelphia, someday we will rightfully celebrate a SOLID BIOSOLIDS PERFORMANCE!
We individual biosolids experts need to work more as part of a human “supraorganism.” We all need to imagine our biosolids processes optimized and controlled in real time and automatically via the kind of DNA sequencing and spectrometry that is deployed in other disciplines. We need to study the inexplicable growth-promoting capabilities of biosolids as fervently as the Pentagon studied the inexplicable maneuvering capabilities of unidentified flying objects. But, in our case, we need to study biosolids as a different sort of UFO, say Uniquely Fertile Organics.
The C&E News article is replete with entrepreneurial joy at the chance to transform wastewater into useful chemicals. We biosolids professionals are accustomed to urging resource recovery, but let us go even further in a joyful embrace of Biosolids Alchemy.
The 4th Industrial Revolution is the new new thing. It is all about the IoT, or the “Internet of Things.” But what does that mean for biosolids? First, the biosolids industry needs to break out from the constraints imposed by 25-year-old regulation of century old technology.
The Journal of Environmental Quality announced its "top two," 2016 JEQ Best Paper Award recipients. The TOP TWO issues can be helped solved by Biosolids. It can do so in its Class B, low cost form, but for disjointed programs, policies and priorities that interfere with biosolids use in P deficient areas.
In our biosolids world, very few of us have the goal for our biosolids to be “remarkable,” because the remarks are usually of the wrong kinds, and they go viral for the wrong reasons. That is what we need to change. We need to tell our “remarkable” stories, and we need positive viral results.
Science has given us powerful new tools for microbial characterization of environmental samples. Biosolids is an amazing cross over between the American Gut and the Environmental Microbiome Project spheres.
A recap of some of the presentations from the 2016 MABA Symposium has us reflecting on what customer satisfaction really looks like.
Researchers recently determined that biosolids use in agroecosystems does not affect aspects of Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi functioning
A key driver for ROUTES is hygienization. Eventually the common practices for biosolids stabilization will include systems that we see as experimental.
The future design and operation of anaerobic digestion and co-digestion at wastewater facilities will be dictated by new scientific tools that measure and monitor the behavior of microbial communities.
New Years is a time of resolutions. Here we look at the resolutions to be come better environmentalists and biosolids advocates.
We are witnesses to unprecedented changes in wastewater technologies. The 1998 WERF report had many technologies for dewatering and drying biosolids.
Branson is the site for the new Tri-Lakes biosolids drying facility. Learn about how the project started.
All types of industries abide by a code of good practices. The biosolids industry has some codes of good practices, but it is time we update.
Start telling the great stories of biosolids and remember to K.I.S.S. when we do it. Three tracks: environmental, agriculture, health and safety.
Wouldn’t it be helpful in our biosolids business to have 24-7 access to lessons learned and best practices of biosolids practitioners around the world?
When a journal article declares “we should expect more from our sewage sludge,” the authors seem to presume that we are not doing so.