reliable technology
cost-effective design solutions

lasting customer benefits

Range of Service

For anaerobic wastewater treatment, digestion of organic industrial residues, agricultural biogas plants including cofermentation and energy crops IB-MR offers following services:

- Feasibility studies
- Laboratory testing
- Concept preparation
- Economic project evaluation and calculation
- Preparation of tender documents
- Offer evaluation
- Operation supervision and process optimization
- Staff training

Company guideline…..satisfied clients, fair and reliable relation with business partners.

Professional experience

1992 -1996
 Employment by  Quesnel River Pulp Pty Ltd

Quesnel River Pulp Company (Canada) is a thermo-mechanical / chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp mill with 1000 t/day production capacity. This consulting job involved an investigation into the causes of failure of the company’s anaerobic treatment system.  The investigation included research  work on bench, pilot and full scale.

Main biological causes for the full scale anaerobic system failure were identified and the corrective measures resulted in satisfactory plant operation. 

1996-2000
Selfemployed - M2O Consulting Pty Ltd

Contracts with following companies:  Anglian Water International; Aquatec-Maxcon, Australia; Mars Confectionary; Cadbury Schweppes; Weston Bioproducts, Australia; Visy Paper; Quesnel River Pulp, Canada; Carlton United Breweries, Australia; Anchor Products, New Zealand; Stora Enso, Finland; Tembec, Canada

2001-2003:  Employment by Entec Environmental

- process engineering for industrial anaerobic wastewater treatment plants
- UASB Reactor and Hybrid Reactor design
- feasibility studies for industrial wastewater sludge digestion projects

2005-2008: Employment by AAT GmbH

- process engineering for industrial anaerobic wastewater treatment and agricultural biogas plants
- project management for construction and commissioning of an anaerobic digestion plant for whey digestion  

Since 2008: Selfemployed - IBMR

- cooperation with Veolia on industrial wastewater treatment projects
- design and project management for industrial wastewater treatment plants
- operation assistance for industrial wastewater treatment plants
- pilot plant studies for industrial wastewater and solid industrial residue projects

Core business    

- anaerobic wastewater treatment in UASB or EGSB plants
- dairy wastewater treatment and whey digestion in biogas plant
- biogas plants digesting agricultural or industrial residues

Laboratory services

IB-MR offers laboratory testing for anaerobic wastewater treatment and digestion of organic industrial residues

Solids digestion – industrial residues: gas yield measurements using batch testing

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Solids digestion – industrial residues: Continuous laboratory scale tests for determining degree of anaerobic digestibility and design parameters for full scale plants.

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Industrial wastewater: Continuous laboratory scale tests for determining degree of anaerobic digestibility and design parameters for full scale plants

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Pelletized sludge from UASB and EGSB Reactrors:
Methangenic activity measurements

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Pelletized sludge from UASB and EGSB Reactrors – settling behaviour: quantitative description of settling characteristics of pelletized sludge with sludge loss curve.

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Publications

R. E. Moosbrugger, R. E. Loewenthal and GvR Marais (1990). Pelletization in a UASB system with protein (casein) as substrate. Water SA Vol. 16 No. 3, pp 171-178.
P. A. L. N. S. Sam-Soon, R. E. Loewenthal. M.C. Wentzel, R. E. Moosbrugger and GvR Marais (1991). Effects of a recycle in upflow anaerobic sludge bed (UASB) systems. Water SA Vol. 17 No. 1, pp 37-46.
R. E. Moosbrugger, M.C. Wentzel, G.A. Ekama and GvR Marais (1993). Treatment of wine distillery waste in UASB systems - feasibility, alkalinity requirements and pH control. Wat. Sci. Tech. Vol. 28, No 2, pp 45-54.
R. E. Moosbrugger, M.C. Wentzel, G.A. Ekama and GvR Marais (1993). A 5 pH point titration method for determining the carbonate and SCFA weak acid/bases in anaerobic systems. Wat. Sci. Tech. Vol. 28, No 2, pp 237- 245.
R. E. Moosbrugger, M.C. Wentzel, G.A. Ekama and GvR Marais (1993a). Lauter tun (brewery) waste in UASB systems - Feasibily, alkalinity requirements and pH control. Water SA, 19 (1), 41-52.
R. E. Moosbrugger, M.C. Wentzel, G.A. Ekama and GvR Marais (1993b). Grape wine distillery waste in UASB systems - Feasibility, alkalinity requirements and pH control. Water SA, 19 (1), 53-68.
R. E. Moosbrugger, M.C. Wentzel, G.A. Ekama and GvR Marais (1993c). Weak acid/bases and pH control in anaerobic systems - a review. Water SA, 19 (1), 1-10.
R.E. Moosbrugger (1994). Settleability assessment of granular biomass from upflow anaerobic sludge bed reactors. Proceedings of Seventh International Symposium on Anaerobic digestion, Cape Town, South Africa
R.E. Moosbrugger (1996). Effect of inorganic sulphur compounds on granular sludge from a UASB system treating forest industry wastewater. Proceedings of International conference on forestry industry wastewaters, Vancouver, 1996.
R.E. Moosbrugger (1997). Single and two stage UASB systems: preacidification and sludge granulation. Proceedings of 8 th International conference on anaerobic digestion, 1997, Sendai, Japan, Vol. 2, pp 564 - 570.
J. R. M. Willetts, N. J. Ashbolt, R. E. Moosbrugger and M. R. Aslam (1999). The use of a thermophilic anaerobic system for treatment of textile dye wastewater. Proceedings of IAWQ International Specialised Conference of the Chemical Industry Group, 1999, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, pp 203 – 210.

Education

University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria

1986: Undergraduate degree in civil engineering

University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

1991: PhD degree in civil engineering
Thesis title: Weak acid/bases and pH control in upflow anaerobic sludge bed reactors 

Awards

1993: The Water Institute of Southern Africa: Dr. G.G. CILLIE ANNUAL FLOATING TROPHY AND BOOK PRIZE for best contribution by student to anaerobic digestion research in Southern Africa.

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