Project #4843

Integrating Sewage Thermal Energy Use (STEU) and Other Emerging Water-Energy-Waste Technologies into Decentralized/Distributed Systems

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Mr. Ashwin Dhanasekar
Current Innovation NFP
Utility Management
Energy Optimization
Resource Recovery
Decentralized Systems


The persistent challenges and threats posed by climate change, natural resource depletion, increased pollution, and growing economic inequality have led to a recognition: a sustainable future requires new approaches to the way societies design, build, and operate critical systems. This research analyzed sewage thermal energy use (STEU) and other emerging water-energy-waste technologies, including a techno-economic analysis of these technologies and how they can be integrated into distributed/decentralized systems. This research identified knowledge gaps and developed a research agenda for STEU. With these findings, utilities will gain a better understanding of the subject, technologies, existing efforts, and potential business models and critical partnerships that can result in shared benefits. Published in 2022.

Originally funded as WERF project SIWM-17-16.