The DBU funded project „Micropollutants removal with the Active-Coke-Fixed-Bed Bioreactor with following UV-Oxidation” is finalised. The report about the results was accepted by the DBU.

The results of the project have shown again, that the combination of the ACFBB biological treatment combined with UV-Oxidation plus hydrogen-peroxide is able to remove micropollutants from waste waters efficiently.

Also the economic datas derived from a model calculation of a waste water treatment plant with 11 Mill. M³ / a show competitive costs. The UV treatment will produce a sterile water, which can be used for industrial and watering purposes.

04.06.2015 Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

ausser dem gravierenden Ereignis eines Gesellschafterwechsels im Januar d. J. hat die AQUA-bioCarbon GmbH jetzt auch den Umzug in ein neues  Dominizil hinter sich gebracht. Die Wahl fiel auf ein geeignetes Büro im "Business Park " Langelsheim, Rosenstraße 25 a, D-38685 Langelsheim.
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Mr. Dr. E. J. Martin from IGASresearch has left the AQUA-bioCarbon Company at January 01. 2015. His shares will be taken over by Mr. Dr. Guowen Yuan from the TAWABeijing Co. Ltd. Dr. Yuan has studied waste water treatment science at the Stuttgart University and received a PhD 1997. He is CEO of his own waste water recycling company, the TAWABeijing Co. Ltd in Beijing.

AQUA-bioCarbon was connected to the IGAS GmbH and the following company IGASresearch since 2001 in a service agreement, but now it will be necessary to look for a new registered business address. The AQUA-bioCarbon GmbH will be able to deliver the same services and products as before immediately.

Peter Karl
AQUA-bioCarbon GmbH
Goslar, 04.01.2015


The AQUA-bioCarbon GmbH will present the results of the DBU funded project 28739-23 at the IFAT 2014, May 05. – 09., at the booth of DBU, hall A 5, booth Nr. 310 and additional on Wednesday, May 05 at the DWA forum in hall B 0 .

The micropollutants could be widely eliminated by adsorption supported biodegradation with a following UV treatment.

The treated effluent could has had nearly drinking water quality and could be used in industrial use.


ACFBB pilot plant treating the effluent of
the municipal waste water treatment of KWI

Results of the test runs with different retention times

The active-coke.fixed-bedbioreactor ( ACFBB ) is able to biodegrade micropollutants like medicine residues in municipal waste water effectively. This could be shown in a DBU funded project since May 2012 with the effluent of the KWI ( Klärwerk Innerstetal ) Partners are IGASresearch, Goslar, and IUTA, Duisburg. The pilot plant effluent was treated with UV additionally for disinfection and degradation, The treated water can be applied in industrial use. Also hydrogenperoxide dosage was tested. The results will be shown at the micropol2013, Zürich, and the Industrietage in Fulda.

Pilotanlage on Klärwerk Innerstetal
An Active-Coke-Fixed.Bed Bioreactor pilot plant was started up in Mai 2012 to biodegrade micropollutants and medicine residues in the discharge line of a municipal waste water treatment facility. The project partners are the AQUA-bioCarbon GmbH, Goslar, IGASresearch, Goslar and IUTA, Duisburg. The project is funded by the DBU, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Osnabrück.
07.05.2012 AQUA-bioCarbon Ltd is presenting it´s waste water treatment technologies on the IFAT Fair 2012 in Munich, May 07 – May 11, hall A 3 stand 531.
01.02.2012 The Metsorb pilot plant is working since February 2012 in tests to remove Zn, Pb, Cd, Cu, As ions from waste water by absorption.
30.10.2011 In October 2011 an ACFBB pilot plant, built into a 20“ Sea-Land-container, was sent to „Kurosaki Co.“ in Japan to enable the company to demonstrate the high efficiency of our technology at various cutomers of the chemical industry in Japan.
30.10.2011 In October 2011 the first lot of 10 ts. of „N-adsorb“, a medium to absorb nitrogen out of waste water, was shipped to „Greenways Environmental Technology Co.Ltd.“ in Ningbo, China, for NH4 absorption in waste water.
19.08.2011 Long lasting efforts resulted in the first delivery of „ Metsorb „ to „ Greenways Environmental Technology Co. Ltd. Shanghai / Ningbo, China“. Greenways and AQUA-bioCarbon GmbH have concluded an exclusive delivery contract on Metsorb for the chinese market.
19.08.2011 Since end of 2010 an Active-Coke-Fixed-Bed-Bioreactor pilot plant was installed in the effluent of a municipal waste water treatment (WWT) plant in Duisburg/Germany to proof the biodegradation of pharmaceutical residues in . The test was very successfull and demonstrated the high efficiency of this method in destroying pharmaceutical residues in municipal waste water streams. In an other sponsored project we will proof the method during the next half year. As a ‚byproduct’ it was noted that the residual COD was reduced again by about 30 %.
15.04.2011 Since April 2011 to September 2011 a „Metsorb“ pilot plant was installed at „Befesa“ steel dust recycling plant in Freiberg/Germany to proof the method for metals as for example Zink, Lead, Arsen and Cadmium from waste water.
18.02.2011 The shareholders decided to add new activities to the business segment „Metal absorption“: Besides the use of our metal absorption agent „ Metsorb“ we now offer ion exchange units for the extraction and subsequent recovery of metals like copper, nickel and gold in waste water and other processing liquids. The activity will be promoted in co-operation with „Kunststoff Jäger“, Braunschweig, and „VAP-engineering Dr. Dolling“, Goslar.

Anaerobic Deammonification in an Active-Coke-Fixed-Bed-Bioreactor

Planctomycetes for the anaerobic biological
degradation of NH4

The AQUA-bioCarbon GmbH as a licensee of the Lambda GmbH, Wuppertal, is now able to offer the "anaerobic deammonification" in an Active-Coke-Fixed-Bed-Bioreactor (ACFBB). The anaerobic deammonification (or Anamox Process) is working with special bacterias from the type of planctomycetes and doesnt need addional COD to achieve high NH4 elimination rates. Besides own lab test results AbC uses the long year's experience of the licenser and the knowledge of the department of sanitary environmental engineering of the University of Duisburg – Essen. The Active-Coke-Fixed-Bed-Bioreactor can be used to biodegrade NH4 in waste water under anaerobic condititions without using addional COD to N2 and water with the help of special bacterias from the type of planctomycetes. High N - elimination rates (N-elimination per Volume bioreactor per day) can be achieved under suitable conditions, f. e. 2 – 6 kg N per m³ ACFB per day and denitrification up to 90 %. The essential part of the process is the pre-stage selective Oxidation of NH4 to NO2 and the deammonification of the NH4 – NO2 mixture inside the anaerobic ACFBB controlled by online N – analyser. AbC is using an anaerobic ACFBB lab test equipment to demonstrate the process and to work out the process conditions for designing the technical plant.

01.12.2009 Dr. Ernst Joachim Martin is the new majority shareholder and managing director of our company starting Dec. 01. 09.

The scope of sewage treatment is changing: Up to date municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) were seen as an end-of-pipe treatment just before discharge, having the aim to avoid eutrophication and hygienic health hazard in surface water. Due to the global demographic trends as well as new legislations (e.g. the Water Framework Directive, WFD) increased focus is put on quantity and quality of effluents: more and more seen as interface between sanitation and environment, WWTP are delivering resources to the environment and for human activities (recharge of drinking water reservoirs, recycling of nutrient, efficient energy use). This focus shift has implications on the quality goals set for WWTP products:
New focus: pathogens removal, micropollutants and ecotoxicity removal, reuse of sludge and its resources.

NEPTUNE will approach these tasks by focusing on technology solutions allowing to meet present and future standards via upgrading of existing municipal infrastructure (new control strategies with online sensors; effluent upgrading with oxidation, activated carbon or wetland treatment; safe sludge processing and reuse) as well as via new techniques (fuel cell applications; new oxidation processes; production of polymer and phosphate from sludge). By including pathogens and ecotoxicity aspects into life cycle assessment studies (LCA), the project is helping to improve the comparability of various technical options and propose a suitability ranking.

Within the project the "Active-Coke-Fixed-Bed-Bioreactor" (ACFBB) was tested addionally in its efficiency in removing micropollutants onsite an effluent of a municipal wwtp.

The results have shown that a big number of mikropollutants could be biodegraded by the ACFBB which couldn't removed in the normal municipal wwtp. F. e. the "Carbamazin" which will not be removed in a normal municipal WWTP, was biodegraded in the ACFBB with 63 % removal only within 1 h hold-up time in the bioreactor. The figure attached shows the results with the ACFBB in mikropollutants removal with 1h and 5 h hold-up time in the bioreactor. Also the microbiolocical and hygiennic quailty of the WWTP effluent was improved by the ACFBB significally.

Removal of mikropollutants from municipal waste water by the Active-Coke-Fixed-Bed-Bioreactor


AQUA-bioCarbon GmbH is introducing the Active-Coke-Fixed-Bed-Bioreactor (ACBB). The ACFBB combines adsorption with bio-degradation of heavy degradable organic pollutants and water soluble deys.
The ACFBB has proved its efficiency in the waste water treatment of different industrial wws in lab - and pilot scale. For example the cleaning of difficult, nearly non degradable and coloured wws from the textile industries were successfully performed to such a quality that they were suitable to be reused in the process instead of fresh process water.

In another case Hexa-chlor-cyclohexane could be removed from groundwater (concentrations below detection limit). Within the EU project "Neptune" the removal of persistent organic pollutants and pathogens in waste water as a post-treatment step was successfully demonstrated in pilot plant scale.

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