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Method for extracting phosphorus from organic residues

Regelink, I.C.; Schoumans, O.F.; Smith, G.O.J.; Everlo, S.J.G.

Summary

The present invention relates to a method for extracting phosphorus from organic matter, the method comprising (a) providing phosphorus-containing organic matter, wherein the organic matter further contains calcium and/or iron; (b) adding acid and sulphate-containing water to the organic matter provided in step (a) to solubilize phosphorus, allow calcium sulphate and/or iron sulphate to form, and obtain a slurry; (c) separating the slurry obtained in step (b) into a solid fraction having a water content of at most 80 wt.%, and a liquid fraction having a water content of at least 80 wt.%; (d) adding a magnesium-containing base to the liquid fraction as obtained in step (c) to obtain phosphorus precipitate in the form of struvite.