Wastewater Seen as Energy Source

March 23, 2016 By Carl Weinschenk

water-energy-manageA team at the Virginia Institute of Technology is working on a project that could reveal a means of generating more electricity from toilet wastewater.

The research was reported at HNGN and based on a paper published at Scientific Reports. It focused on the relationship between materials. The story traces the way in which the substances interact. It is a long way until the research will be commercialized, however.

The story says that Washington, DC’s wastewater treatment plants and other facilities draw energy from wastewater. It also points to a plant in Grand Junction, CO, that generate energy from human waste.

In addition to Virginia Tech, research at The State University of New York at Geneseo and elsewhere is investigating the use of wastewater for energy generation.

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