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Effects of influent COD/TN ratio on nitrogen removal in integrated constructed wetland–microbial fuel cell systems
- Wang, Xiaoou, Tian, Yimei, Liu, Hong, Zhao, Xinhua, Wu, Qing
- Bioresource technology 2019 v.271 pp. 492-495
- chemical oxygen demand, denitrification, electricity, fuel cells, nitrogen, organic carbon
- Given that the relationship between the influent C/N (generally referred to as COD/TN) ratio and nitrogen removal has not been well understood in integrated constructed wetland–microbial fuel cell (CW-MFC) systems, this study aimed to investigate the effects of COD/TN ratio on nitrogen removal in CW-MFCs. Results showed that the MFC could reduce the dependence of denitrification on organic carbon sources in CWs, and influent COD/TN ratios ≥3 could result in a TN removal of 90.30–91.46% in CW-MFCs. Moreover, the MFC could significantly enhance TN removal by 4.81% to 15.48% when the influent COD/TN ratios decreased from 9.00 to 1.23 in CWs. The lower the influent COD/TN ratio was, the stronger the enhancement of the MFC. There was a significant positive relationship (R2 > 0.99) between the electricity output and influent CODCr concentration (50–360 mg/L) in the CW-MFC.