Sustainable Energy Management: Achieving Energy Independence at Wastewater Utilities
While the challenges faced by engineers are imposing, the industry has responded strongly in recent decades with novel and valuable research efforts and innovative engineering approaches to applying these concepts to advanced performance in the field. These technological advances can be utilized for generation of renewable energy. However, additional research and implementation of many of the technologies discussed in this paper will be necessary before the change from nonrenewable to renewable sources of energy is streamlined. With a new emphasis on renewable energy in the United States and globally, the change will likely be rapid in the first half of this century. Hence, the goal of wastewater facilities achieving energy independence is a worthy one and consistent with the current progression to sustainable systems.
Keywords: Advanced Anaerobic Digestion; Anaerobic Digestion Pre-treatment; Biogas; Co-digestion; Combined Heat and Power; Greenhouse Gases; Renewable Energy; Sustainability; Sustainable Energy Management; Waste Solids Reduction
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 January 2009
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