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Sustainability 2010, 2(4), 945-962; doi:10.3390/su2040945
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Energy Recovery from Wastewater Treatment Plants in the United States: A Case Study of the Energy-Water Nexus

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Received: 1 February 2010; in revised form: 10 March 2010 / Accepted: 30 March 2010 / Published: 5 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Policy and Sustainability)
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Abstract: This manuscript uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to analyze the potential for energy recovery from wastewater treatment plants via anaerobic digestion with biogas utilization and biosolids incineration with electricity generation. These energy recovery strategies could help offset the electricity consumption of the wastewater sector and represent possible areas for sustainable energy policy implementation. We estimate that anaerobic digestion could save 628 to 4,940 million kWh annually in the United States. In Texas, anaerobic digestion could save 40.2 to 460 million kWh annually and biosolids incineration could save 51.9 to 1,030 million kWh annually.
Keywords: wastewater; energy; biogas; biosolids incineration; energy recovery; policy wastewater; energy; biogas; biosolids incineration; energy recovery; policy
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Stillwell, A.S.; Hoppock, D.C.; Webber, M.E. Energy Recovery from Wastewater Treatment Plants in the United States: A Case Study of the Energy-Water Nexus. Sustainability 2010, 2, 945-962.

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Stillwell AS, Hoppock DC, Webber ME. Energy Recovery from Wastewater Treatment Plants in the United States: A Case Study of the Energy-Water Nexus. Sustainability. 2010; 2(4):945-962.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Stillwell, Ashlynn S.; Hoppock, David C.; Webber, Michael E. 2010. "Energy Recovery from Wastewater Treatment Plants in the United States: A Case Study of the Energy-Water Nexus." Sustainability 2, no. 4: 945-962.


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