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Using Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

This online engineering PDH course describes the technical and economic potential for introducing combined heat and power (CHP) systems to wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs), especially smaller WWTFs with influent flow rates of 1 to 5 MGD. The course also presents operational observations obtained through interviews with WWTF operators who have employed CHP. Some of the key findings given in the course are that 1) CHP is a reliable, cost-effective option for WWTFs that have, or are planning to install, anaerobic digesters; 2) while many WWTFs have implemented CHP, the potential still exists to use more CHP, based on technical and economic benefits; 3) on a national scale, the technical potential for additional CHP at WWTFs is over 400 MW of biogas-based electricity generating capacity and approximately 38,000 MMBtu/day of thermal energy; and 4) translating CHP potential into actual successes requires an understanding of operational realities. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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