KTP Associate Anjani Parsotamo, who researched MBBR technology for her Masters degree at Cranfield.
KTP Associate Anjani Parsotamo, who researched MBBR technology for her Masters degree at Cranfield.

Warden Biomedia’s moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) media, designed to give enhanced nutrient removal to meet the challenges of AMP7, is currently being tested at Cranfield University’s National Research Facility for Water and Wastewater Treatment.

The MBBR process, which uses specially designed buoyant media to support a variety of microbial colonies in a biofilm, is increasingly being used in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment because it provides robust, small footprint plants and can be easily retrofitted to upgrade existing plants or in greenfield sites.

Warden Biomedia’s MBBR has been developed in conjunction with Cranfield University through a three-year £300,000 Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Now, a year into the partnership, the media is moving from bench to pilot scale trials. KTP Associate Anjani Parsotamo, said: “The new product developed by Warden Biomedia and Cranfield University will give much more efficient removal of nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewater compared to conventional biological processes, a major challenge facing the water industry in AMP7. It will improve cost-effectiveness and sustainability and pave the way for the next generation of wastewater treatment solutions.”