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The Energy-Neutral and Carbon-Neutral Plant of the Future: The WERF Optimization Program

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The primary goal of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) Optimization Program is to develop an approach that will allow the wastewater sector to achieve its treatment goals while reducing the expenditure of energy and other resources by 20% or more. During the last four years, the Program has focused primarily on energy management and energy- neutrality, while at the same time also considering sludge production, resources recovery and carbon footprint minimization in order to identify solutions that are both sustainable and optimal. This paper will report WERF energy management research that has been completed in four areas: Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) best practices in Europe including the energy-producing Strass im Zillertal plant in Austria; WWTP best practices in North America; a visioning of the WWTP of the Future that considers plant-wide energy conservation and recovery measures that will allow energy self-sufficiency; and the creation of a web-based tool called CHEApet that allows utilities to evaluate energy reduction opportunities at any plant.
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Keywords: Energy; Optimization; practices; reuse; treatment

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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