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Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for Engineers

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Wastewatr to green energy
Ann R. Thryft   4/10/2014 2:45:32 PM
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Gorski, you're right about this technology moving forward in Europe: those countries, plus Japan, are away ahead of the US in utilizing all sorts of alternative energy sources, including waste heat. But some plants in the US--often those that make alternative fuels--recapture their own excess heat and/or steam and feed it back in a closed-loop system. A  similar idea has been at least proposed in enterprise data centers.

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Wastewatr to green energy
Gorski   3/21/2014 2:30:51 PM
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I thought I read awhile back that Europe has various manufacturing plants that feed excess heat and/or steam to homes to conserve energy. This electrical conversion seems to do the same and the electricity could be routed anywhere it is needed.

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Alan Alexandar   3/21/2014 11:11:29 AM
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Sorry for the delayed response, the best example is that Wastewater treatment facilities can upgrade and use energy efficient equipment that can curb electrical costs. These costs can then be transferred on to the end consumer. For example, having an efficient electrical distribution system at the facility can help boost energy savings. Using wind and solar energy, the wastewater can be treated to be used to produce energy. This way, it can save costs that go into producing electrical energy through safe water.

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ttemple   3/18/2014 9:04:25 PM
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"In addition, equipment can be installed to recover heat from different heaters and generators that create energy for different plants and channel it to the electrical power line. Along with this, updating equipment to improve efficiency of the process enables a faster and efficient conversion of treated water into renewable energy. Electricity demand can be cut down as much as 18 million kilowatt hours."

Can you give specific examples of what you are trying to say in this statment?

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