Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erkurt developed a project for a Biodiesel Production from the solid waste landfill leachate

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emrah Ahmet Erkurt, a Faculty Member of Environmental Engineering Department, wrote about the symbiotic development of algae-bacteria especially designed for photo bioreactor and the synchronous production of biodiesel during the treatment of conventional wastewater treatment systems, which is very difficult to treat, in the leachate of solid waste landfill area.

In this study, the optimization of the environmental conditions and hydraulic and organic loads in the treatment of leachate of Güngör solid waste landfill is investigated by using a pilot-scale cascade type 250 L capacity photo bioreactor equipped with special led lamps which do not have a sample in the literature.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erkurt said the highest purification efficiency will be achieved after the conditions of cultivation of microalgae biomass lipid extraction and biodiesel production will be made as a result of the optimization studies.

Assoc. Prof.  Dr. Erkurt said the problem in the treatment of wastewater will be eliminated, which is a hazardous waste. In addition, biodiesel production will also be a financial income source. “The emission values ​​of the exhaust gases produced by the use of biodiesel are much lower than the oil-derived from diesel. Therefore, the air quality will improve,” he said.

Erkurt highlighted that the dependence on oil in the country can be reduced by the implementation of this process.