(The Gist of Science Reporter) Quantum leap?   [APRIL-2018]


(The Gist of Science Reporter) Quantum leap?

  [APRIL-2018]


Quantum leap?

Of course, in India, wastewater collection and treatment needs to be improved first. Nutrient recovery for fertiliser use subsequent to use of the 'organics in the sludge for biogas production and energy generation must follow. As these two steps will contribute to combating the energy scarcity and supporting farmers on the one hand, and truncating the carbon footprint related to electricity and heat production, and the synthesis of chemical fertilisers on the other. Eutrophication of water bodies will be controlled and perhaps a good deal of the treated wastewater can also be recycled, solving water scarcity problems as well in many parts of the country.

While those are essential first steps which are to be focussed on-taking leaves out of the books of countries in Europe, like Sweden for instance -researchers in India will surely be interested in futuristic possibilities like the one discussed in this article, and micro-scale projects may be conceived, funds permitting, to start a trend, which may entrench itself in the not-too-distant future. Circular-economy thinking must become second nature sooner than later.

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