California Energy Commission Awards $2 Million To Demonstrate Water Recovery and Energy Savings

As part of a project supported by water and energy organizations including the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), the California Energy Commission will grant $2 million to Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW; Redwood City, Calif.) and Stanford (Calif.) University to demonstrate the potential benefits of a staged anaerobic fluidized-bed membrane bioreactor, also called “SAFE” MBR.

SAFE MBR can be used with reverse osmosis in secondary wastewater treatment systems, and may be able to produce potable water without the high energy demands of aeration, resulting in more energy efficient water recovery. The project will run for 4 years with an overall budget of $3.2 million.

“We are in the planning stages of redesigning our treatment plant,” said Dan Child, general manager of SVCW in a news release. “This is a great opportunity to investigate breakthroughs in wastewater treatment technology and incorporate smart ideas to develop a less expensive and more reliable new water supply.”

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