Treatment of surfactant-rich industrial wastewaters with concentrated sunlight: toward solar wastewater remediation

  • M. OrlandiEmail author
  • N. Filosa
  • M. Bettonte
  • M. Fendrich
  • M. Girardini
  • T. Battistini
  • A. Miotello
Short Communication


We report here on a photo-Fenton process powered by concentrated sunlight applied for the treatment of surfactant-rich (5–20 g/L) industrial wastewaters. Degradation yields of 89% in 2 min in homogenous and 23% in 1 h for heterogenous conditions pave the way for the development of a low-cost/high-yield wastewater treatment process. Employed as a preliminary stage in wastewater treatment plants or as a small-scale stand-alone operated by small-medium enterprises, it could reduce the environmental and economic impact of wastewaters.


Surfactant Wastewater treatment Concentrated sunlight Photo-Fenton Catalysis 



We gratefully acknowledge Nicola Bazzanella for technical help and useful discussions. Project ERICSOL of the University of Trento is acknowledged for financial support.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità degli Studi di TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Ingegneria IndustrialeUniversità degli Studi di TrentoTrentoItaly
  3. 3.Aquaspace spaRoveretoItaly

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