Helping Cleveland Communities
By Marguerite Huber
EPA is pleased to announce a brand-new webcast series on implementing green infrastructure. This page provides information on the 2014 webcast series, as well as links to archived webcasts and a summary of certification programs. To be added to a mailing list for additional training opportunities, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|First Webcast: January 7th, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
O&M and Green:
“One important study found that nearly 50 percent of existing coal-fired power plants have sufficient reclaimed water available within a 10-mile radius, and 75 percent have sufficient reclaimed water available within a 25-mile radius. DOE also concludes that we can significantly reduce the water dependency of power plants by switching to dry and wet-dry hybrid cooling technologies and by using alternative water sources instead of freshwater. This is powerful evidence of the enormous potential for energy companies and water utilities to work together to reduce the environmental impacts from – and the water-related vulnerabilities to – power plants.
In short, it’s time to stop wasting our wastewater and instead use it to protect our nation’s energy supply.”
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October 22: Industries around the world are seeking new ways to make every drop of water count. Agriculture, which uses a high 70% of the world’s fresh water, is no different.
Many factors threaten the future of farming (e.g., saline soils, shallow water tables, inefficient irrigation and poor drainage). To survive, the industry needs smart irrigation technologies that can save water, deliver it more efficiently, and realize significant monetary savings.
The stark fact is that all of the food we eat requires water, in the right amount and at the right times. Agriculture is the industry with the biggest stakes and the biggest potential pay-off. It’s a market opportunity set for explosure growth.
The dynamic investment landscape includes government agencies interested in stimulating innovation that addresses efficient water resource management. The US Agency for International Development and the Swedish government, for example, recently announced a $25 million grant program to increase access to clean water for farming.
New perspectives, technologies and investments are needed. The smart irrigation technology market has the greatest potential for growth and addresses the biggest issue we face…food insecurity. The winners of the race will go to the farmers who apply the technology, the small, niche companies with breakthrough technologies and the investors who back them.
New Urban Algae System Generates Energy While Cleaning Wastewater in Paris by Taz Loomans, 12/05/12
filed under: clean tech, News, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Building, Water Issues
Rendering from Axel Schoenert Architecture
Ennesys, a Paris-based energy systems company and OriginOil,
an American algae harvesting company just unveiled their new urban
algae demonstration project in La Defense, near Paris. The revolutionary
system harvests energy from algae present in wastewater while filtering
the wastewater for use as graywater.
J. Craig Venter Institute Press Release 7/10/13.
The J. Craig Venter Institute, a nonprofit genomic research organization in La Jolla, California, has announced a $5 million grant from the Roddenberry Foundation for the development of wastewater treatment technologies.
The grant will be used to fund the development of JCVI scientist Orianna Bretschger’s BioElectrochemical Sanitation Technology (BEST), which uses microbial fuel cells (MFC) to treat wastewater and improve sanitation and water accessibility in the developing world. As the microbes in MFCs break down the organic matter in sewage and other types of wastewater, they produce electrons. The rapid movement of electrons across a fuel cell circuit generates electricity while accelerating the breakdown of the organic matter, resulting in fewer treatment byproducts such as sludge. The efforts of Bretschger’s team already have led to the successful treatment of municipal wastewater and sewage sludge at a 100-gallon per-day scale, the amount of wastewater produced by a small household on a daily basis.
“Dr. Bretschger’s MFC sustainable wastewater treatment project is exactly the type of innovative, field-changing research that fits our mission,” said Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, president of the Roddenberry Foundation and son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. “Her use of microbes to convert human waste into clean water and electricity is another step toward making disease a thing of the past. Her work also moves us closer to a future where all humankind’s most basics needs are not just met but abundantly supplied. In the world of Star Trek, technology offers a catalyst to the natural world in making amazing things possible.”
France-based water company Veolia Water’s subsidiary MSE has won a contract from the Vienne Water and Wastewater Authority (SIVEER) to construct a wastewater facility based on its Organica system.
The plant will be built in Les Trois-Moutiers commune, in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France, to treat wastewater from Les Trois Moutiers and Vienne Center Parcs holiday village.
The wastewater facility has been designed with a capacity for 8,000 people, of which 6,500 is for Center Parcs.
The Organica system blends conventional wastewater treatment technology with an ecosystem.
As part of the technology, the roots of plants are grown under a glasshouse and running up to depths of 1.5m into the effluent to promote the growth of bacteria and living organisms to treat the effluent.
The facility will treat contamination in wastewater, while consuming less energy compared to a conventional wastewater plant.
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