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Wastewater treatment

Wastewater management

NISSEN Energy’s CHP System has proven that net-zero wastewater treatment plants are possible

2. December 2022
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Challenge

Downers Grove Sanitary District (DGSD) is responsible for the treatment of wastewater from seven cities and more than 60,000 residents and industrial customers. The wastewater treatment plant set the goals of operating as a net-zero facility as well as becoming more cost-efficient, but this was a challenge as no renewable energy recovery measures were in place.

Solution

The road to optimizing Downers Grove Sanitary District cost-efficiency and reaching energy neutrality began with installing a CHP system in 2013. To further increase their energy production and achieve net-zero, they installed the NISSEN Energy NPM375 CHP system and an accompanying ventilation system in 2017. In 2020 the first CHP from 2013 was exchanged with another highly efficient NISSEN 375 kW CHP. The wastewater treatment plant also installed a food waste receiving station and were able to increase biogas production, which they used for electricity generation and digester heating in the CHP.

Result

From the installation of the first CHP unit in 2013 to the installation of the NISSEN energy CHP unit in 2017 and 2020 , Downers Grove Sanitary District saw a reduction in annual kWh consumption of approximately 3 percent.  DGSD has increased their use of biogas and today, the plant operates as a net-zero facility, generating the same amount of energy as they use.