American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Exploring the Potential for Concentration of Nutrients from Urine Using Solar Evaporation and Carbon Dioxide Trapping of Ammonia

Tesfamariam Y. Debessai, Ababu T. Tiruneh and Gabriel C. Bwembya

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2019.482.494

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 12, Issue 4

Pages 482-494

Abstract

Nutrients derived from urine such as nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium constitute valuable sources of fertilizers needed for growing plants and as alternatives to commercial fertilizers. Concentration of nutrients available from urine provides advantages of reducing the volume of transportation, the health risk and making nutrient application to soil stable and suitable. An exploratory review of a possible technology for concentration of nutrients from urine using solar power assisted evaporation and carbon dioxide trapping of evaporated ammonia is discussed in this paper as a potentially viable technology for concentrating nutrients from urine as well as another sequestration option to reduce carbon foot print in the environment.

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© 2019 Tesfamariam Y. Debessai, Ababu T. Tiruneh and Gabriel C. Bwembya. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.