Sites contaminated with mercury are the result of a range of anthropogenic practises including industrial activity, mining and waste disposal. Contaminated sites may be impacted by a single substance or a highly complex mixture of chemicals and metals depending on the source of the contamination. Mercury poisoning can result from exposure to water-soluble forms of mercury (such as mercuric chloride or methylmercury), inhalation of mercury vapor, or by ingesting any form of mercury. Mercury contaminated sites can be found at historical production sites such as:
- Fluorescent lamp manufacturing
- Fluorescent lamps and batteries recycling facilities
- Mercury battery production plant
- Mercury mining
- Old alkali chloride-electrolyses according to the mercury cell process
- Plants for fossil fuel and waste combustion
- Production of mercury-containing chemicals and fungicides
- Thermal decontamination facilities of soils containing mercury
Jacobi Services offers different solutions, such as virgin activated carbon, resins and mobile filters for mercury removal depending on the:
- Type of mercury species
- Mercury carrier
- Mercury removal from air
- Mercury removal from water
Removal of elementary mercury (Hg⁰) from water using activated carbon
AddSorb™ VQ1 is an impregnated grade of activated carbon which uses a chemisorption process for the removal of mercury (Hg⁰) in the aqueous phase. This grade bound the mercury chemical on with the impregnate on the internal surface of the carbon for safe disposal of the spent carbon. Loadings in excess of 60% w/w are possible with this material. Available as a granular and pelletised form, AddSorb™ VQ1 can be supplied to meet all pressure loss requirements. In addition, AddSorb™ VQ1 is also suitable for mercury removal from air.
Removal of ionic mercury (Hg²⁺) from water using resins
Mercury in contaminated water is mainly found in its solid elementary form Hg⁰. However, traces of soluble mineral Hg²⁺ are also present and often exceed the WHO guideline value of 6 ppb.
This is the simplified Pourbaix diagram of mercury in water. The area between the dotted lines represents the stability zone of water.
Recommended Mercury (Hg²⁺) removal operating conditions
One AquaFlow™ can be used for the removal of Mercury (Hg²⁺) at a superficial contact time of a minimum of 6 minutes but usually two AquaFlow™ in series, merry-go-round system are used with a typical flow rate per vessel: 10- 20 BV/h. Upstream sodium hydrosulphite Na2S2O4 dosage to maintain inlet redox potential below 0.15 V.
How to calculate Mercury (Hg²⁺) removal from groundwater
Assume a contaminated groundwater with 0,05 mg/l mercury as (Hg²⁺) and 0.002 mEq/L of Ni and Pb with an average flow of 30m³/h operating 24/24 -7/7 then we have 0,05 g/ m³ x 30m³/h x 8600 hpa (1000 g/kg) = 13kg Mercury (Hg²⁺) per year. This gives at an average loading of 20kg Hg²⁺/m³ Resinex™ CH-80 a consumption of approximately 1m³ Resinex™ CH-80 per annum. An AquaFlow™ can then be selected from our industrial mobile filter range in order to obtain the desired exchange frequency.
Often the water contains other metals which will contribute to the bed exhaustion therefore It is always recommended that you contact our technical expert for sizing of a heavy metal removal system as other metals can interfere in the estimated consumption.