Sixteen Agencies Team to Convert Biosolids to Energy for Regional Solution

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Several San Francisco Bay Area wastewater agencies executed a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) in 2006 to address biosolids management issues impacting residents and the environment around the San Francisco Bay Area. Plans are currently underway to explore the benefits and feasibility of jointly creating a regional biosolids processing facility identified as the Bay Area Biosolids-to-Energy (BAB2E) project. Most of the participating agencies presently utilize a combination of hauling biosolids for land application and/or alternative daily cover at landfills and would like to see these beneficial uses preserved. However, increasingly restrictive regulations and diminishing landfill capacity have been the impetus to seek a long-term sustainable alternative to diversify biosolids management options.

The coalition of agencies (Coalition) will select qualified teams for consideration under a Request for Proposal process aimed toward awarding a contract for either a design-build-operate (DBO) or a design-build-own-operate (DBOO) facility to be sited in the nine-county Bay Area. Quantities available for the proposed facility are between 75,000-92,000 wet tons/year, with increases or decreases in final contracted quantity depending on final price and travel distance to project location.

Keywords: Energy; fluidized bed reactor; region

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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