Researchers Develop Electricity-producing Water Plant

"The technology uses methane from waste treatment to produce about half the electricity needed to power the plant."

We’re also working to develop viable methods to convert more methane at our waste water treatment plant to energy here in Fargo.   The city is already producing energy from methane at the landfill. 

The opportunities for making better use of our resources once considered waste and pollutants are incredible.  Here’s the full article from ABC news:

Posted Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:07pm AEST

A group of Australian researchers is developing a new waste water treatment system that produces its own electricity.

The Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre has designed the system for regional towns with fewer than 100,000 people.

The technology uses methane from waste treatment to produce about half the electricity needed to power the plant.

One of the developers, Dr Damien Batstone, says a pilot plant is being used to show councils and water authorities the system works, and saves money.

"[It] will produce 30 to 50 kilowatts of energy and that will reduce risk to the decision-makers so they can see it working," he said.

"[They can] see that it’s working and producing beautiful class A biosolid-using energy and that will give them the confidence to include that in their feasibility analysis."

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Heres an article on methane capture/generation from last week: Footprint going green

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