Metal recovery for Brussels-North (Aquiris) wastewater treatment plant

David Francis Kapongo, Natacha Brion, Marc Elskens

Onderzoeksoutput: Master's Thesis


As the demand for precious metal increases in the world, it is inevitable to seek for other sustainable alternatives for extracting them. This research project serves as an effort to find sustainable solutions. As part of SUBLIMUS project, this study was able to investigate different ways to track the amount of gold in Brussels-North wastewater treatment plant (Aquiris). By using mass balance concepts (energy conservation), the evolution of quantity of gold was determined by solving the ordinary differential equations. With initial concentrations and parameters being analyzed after data collection from the treatment plant, Simulink (Matlab) was used to run simulations for different scenarios. Finally, the best way to collect gold was suggested based on sustainability and economic grounds.
Originele taal-2English
Toekennende instantie
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • KU Leuven
  • Elskens, Marc, Promotor
  • Brion, Natacha, Co-Promotor
Datum van toekenning31 aug 2021
StatusPublished - 1 sep 2021


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