Renewable Energy System that Converts Waste to Power being tested by University of Nevada
Researchers at the University of Nevada have announced they have found a way to generate renewable energy from waste water treatment plants, currently one of the biggest municipal consumers of energy. The pilot project is being launched next month at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility, where a small scale carbon-neutral system will be tested to determine what it will take to commercialize the technology.
Principal investigator for the research project, Chuck Coronella, explained that "Economically, this makes sense. Wastewater Treatment plants have to get rid of the sludge, and what better way than to process it on-site and use the renewable energy to lower operating costs." The Tech Transfer Office of DOE is supporting the commercialization of the project with the help of funding from Energy Innovations Small Grant Program and the California Energy Commission. Victor Vasquez, a chemical professor at the University, explains that “The beauty of this process is that it’s designed to be all on site, saving trucking costs and disposal fees for the sludge. It uses waste heat from the process to drive the electrical generation."