Waste to Fuel – Energy Capture from Wastewater Treatment

Thursday, November 15, 2012
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

UW-Extension’s Natural Resources Program, WDNR, and Water Star Wisconsin

Dave Botts – Utility Director, City of Janesville
Joseph Zakovec – Wastewater Superintendent, City of Janesville

Water Treatment PlantMunicipal Water Resource Management – WEBINAR SERIES 2012
The City of Janesville undertook a $32 million sewer treatment plant upgrade to position the facility to handle projected future treatment requirement as well as creating ways to use the by-products of the process to create energy and fuel for vehicles. The treatment plant improvements provided additional methane to operate a set of micro turbines creating power to sell to the local utility company. The methane is further cleaned to create compressed natural gas to fuel new vehicles purchased by the Utility. Solar was added to the new Administration office to further reduce the plant’s cost for energy. Joe and Dave will walk you through the improvements and describe the energy savings currently enjoyed by the Utility.