16 Teams Awarded $27.5 Million by DOE Working To Decarbonize US Water Infrastructure

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“We can’t leave any stones unturned on the road to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, which is why DOE is diving into making our water infrastructure more energy efficient” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

“Given the great potential for energy savings in water and wastewater treatment systems, which are among the country’s largest industrial electricity users, I applaud the Department of Energy’s efforts to promote technologies to achieve energy efficiency at water and wastewater treatment plants,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Chairwoman of the U.S. House Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.

These projects will tackle several objectives, including: Developing widely applicable treatment processes to produce renewable power, extract chemicals and fertilizers, and reuse water locally, while simultaneously minimizing energy consumption and waste generation Evaluating flexible grid service for opportunities to generate biopower from wastewater Deploying artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive process controls to improve resilience and efficiency Addressing environmental justice and social inequities produced by lack of access to clean water among rural and Native communities Improving wastewater-treatment options for agriculture and livestock A complete list of the selected projects is available here.