Current Role of Membrane Technology: From the Treatment of Agro-Industrial by-Products up to the Valorization of Valuable Compounds

Roberto Castro-Muñoz, Blanca E. Barragán-Huerta, Vlastimil Fíla, Pierre Charles Denis, René Ruby-Figueroa

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Abstract

© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. New tendencies respect to economic development model in the process of agro-industrial materials are oriented to circular economy in which the treatment and reuse of wastes and by-product play a crucial role. Over the last decades, different products from agro-food industries have been processed by membrane technologies (micro, ultra and nano-filtration). Today, these pressure-driven membrane processes have been subjected to various applications, like food wastes, bioproduct, and by-product processing. However, the most challenging issue concerns about the recovery of high-added value components from their by-products. The aim of this work is to provide a wide understanding of the current framework for membrane technology in this field. Thereby, the utilization of aqueous wastes from industries is highlighted; it denotes the real advantages that these methodologies offer in terms of high-added value solute recovery. Finally, this review discusses in detail the following aspects: framework of integrated membrane systems in wastewater fractionation, the economic framework as the limitation of membrane technology, and the environmental benefits of membrane technology (water reclamation).
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)513-529
Number of pages460
JournalWaste and Biomass Valorization
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018

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