Articles | Volume 22, issue 11
Research article
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12 Nov 2018
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 12 Nov 2018

Global phosphorus recovery from wastewater for agricultural reuse

Dirk-Jan D. Kok, Saket Pande, Jules B. van Lier, Angela R. C. Ortigara, Hubert Savenije, and Stefan Uhlenbrook

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Global Phopshorus Recovery from Watstewater for Agricultural Reuse Project: Model and Results D.-J. D. Kok

Short summary
Phosphorus (P) is important to global food security. Thus it is concerning that natural P reserves are predicted to deplete within the century. Here we explore the potential of P recovery from wastewater (WW) at global scale. We identify high production and demand sites to determine optimal market prices and trade flows. We show that 20 % of the agricultural demand can be met, yet only 4 % can be met economically. Nonetheless, this recovery stimulates circular economic development in WW treatment.