Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for …

March 17, 2014 by  
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Renewable energy has been used in many fields to find cost-effective energy-generation solutions. Many countries such as the US and Japan have already started using renewable energy as a way of curbing electrical and overall production costs. While the world is looking for alternative energy to curb various costs and create a less polluted environment, the conversion of wastewater treatment into renewable energy has enabled engineers to provide cost-efficient electrical distribution systems to different facilities, especially hospital facilities that have high requirements for uninterrupted power supplies.

Wastewater is usually treated to ensure that it’s pure enough to be used without causing infections and other diseases. However, wastewater can also be used to create renewable energy that costs much less and can boost efficiencies in other areas where high electrical demands must be met.

Many industries have aimed to provide treatment to convert wastewater into renewable energy, but most have only ended up incurring additional costs. To ensure that this process gives additional gains, rather than creating expense, it’s important to collaborate with the right company. From first step to last — from design, implementation, and operation to maintenance — it’s vital to study the project’s viability to see if it’s doable. Biogas derived from water treatment has been more often misused than used correctly to create renewable energy, so it’s important to choose the right technology.

How does the process help? The energy used for water treatment enables engineers to save on energy costs. In addition, the excess heat and methane that water treatment plants give off can be used to create renewable energy that can be transferred to facilities and put a check on power distribution costs.

How does it work? Engineers working in the renewable energy field come up with various ways to convert wastewater into renewable energy and save costs. One method is to install gas conditioning equipment to filter impurities from gases, such as methane, produced throughout the water treatment process.

In addition, equipment can be installed to recover heat from different heaters and generators that create energy for different plants and channel it to the electrical power line. Along with this, updating equipment to improve efficiency of the process enables a faster and efficient conversion of treated water into renewable energy. Electricity demand can be cut down as much as 18 million kilowatt hours.

A benefit to the electrical engineer is that he can find low-cost alternatives for power distribution to different facilities, like hospitals and factories. These facilities require smooth, constant power supply without faltering glitches. With the help of renewable energy, engineers can design complex yet smart power system designs and transfer the benefit to the end user, too.

A second benefit is that the electrical power distribution costs have been significantly increasing due to rising oil prices and global warming. Using green energy can help curb costs and save oil and other fuels. Using green energy lets engineers create environmentally friendly power systems and indirectly helps reduce greenhouse gases. The costs related in creating effective power-supply systems can also be reduced significantly.

Alan Alexandar is a blogger with experience writing for small businesses.

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