Bipolar membrane electrodialysis of Na2CO3 and industrial green liquor for producing NaOH: A sustainable solution for pulp and paper industries

Kuldeep, Tommi Ahonen, Moritz Rosenthal, Lasse Murtomäki*

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Abstract

Industrial waste with high salinity cannot be drained into waterways due to tightened environmental regulations. Bipolar membrane electrodialysis (BPED) is getting more attraction not only to treat water flows but also to produce valuable commodities. The BPED technique has various advantages in terms of product purity, control over product concentration, having no by-products, low
environmental impact, and low energy consumption. In this short paper, we emphasize a comparative study in two different configurations for the treatment of green liquor (a waste solution of NaOH, Na2S and Na2CO3 from pulp mills) with BPED to produce NaOH. The best results are obtained in a five-compartment setup where the capture of H2S formed from green liquor is possible, followed by the capture of CO2. This work also indicates that BPED technology is a sustainable solution to treat carbonate-rich waste, which will facilitate the current need to control greenhouse emissions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100450
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Engineering Journal Advances
Volume14
Early online date16 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • electrodialysis
  • ion-exchange membranes
  • waste treatment
  • H2S and CO2 recovery

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