Energy Positive Water Resource Recovery Workshop


The National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) jointly hosted the Workshop on Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery (EPWRR) to gain insights and identify specific technical and non-technical barriers that are hindering development and deployment of the water resource recovery facilities of the future.

The workshop included a combination of plenary presentations, panel discussions, and breakout session discussions. 

Final Report and Workshop Summary


Meeting Materials

Keynote 1: Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery Facilities 
Ed McCormick, President, WEF

Keynote 2: Energy-Positive Wastewater Treatment and Re-Use 
Dr. Dick Luthy, Director, ReNUWIt, Stanford University

Panel Discussion: Achieving Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery Facilities 
Tom Speth, Director, Water Supply/Resources Division, ORD-NRMRL, EPA (Moderator)
Dr. Brent Giles, Senior Analyst, Lux Research
Dr. Kartik Chandran, Director WWTP and Climate Change, Columbia University
Paul Kohl, Energy Program Manager, Philadelphia Water Department

Panel: Facilitating Deployment – Moving Systems to Market
Jason Turgeon, Environmental Scientist, US EPA Region 1 (Moderator)
Lauren Fillmore, Senior Program Director, WERF
Ben Shuman, Senior Environmental Engineer, USDA-RUS
Erika Mancha, Team Lead, Innovative Water Technologies, Texas Water Development Board
Kerri Neary, General Engineer, DOE


Foundational Documents

Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Waste-to-Energy Workshop Report [Draft]: Held in November 2014, this workshop discussed the challenges and barriers related to the efficient production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals from wet waste feedstocks, specifically challenging participants to go beyond biogas.

Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), A Guide to Net-Zero Energy Solutions for Water Resource Recovery Facilities [Executive Summary]: Pursued as two parallel energy-related research efforts: (1) Reduction in plant energy demand through lower energy alternatives to secondary treatment; (2) The capture of energy from water to support plant operations.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Water-Energy Nexus Report [Executive Summary]: The Water-Energy Nexus Report examines the interaction between our present-day energy and water systems.

BETO/Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), Hydrogen, Hydrocarbons, and Bioproducts Precursors from Wastewaters Workshop [Rough Summary]: Held in March 2015, this workshop focused on the R&D needs of microbial fuel cells and anaerobic membrane digesters. The attached summary report is a preliminary synthesis of the outcomes.