Water Environment Research Foundation Seeking Proposals for Energy Production and Efficiency Research

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Proposals Due Friday, February 27, 2012

We hope that a multidisciplinary team will be assembled to perform the work described in this RFP, and we strongly encourage bidders to include partners located in New York State on their multidisciplinary teams.

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) seeks proposals to conduct studies to support the planning of future research to expand energy production by, and implement energy efficiency improvements at, wastewater facilities. The overarching goal of WERF’s Energy program is to develop information that will support net energy neutrality at all wastewater facilities that treat flows of five million or more gallons per day (mgd). This will be accomplished primarily through two pathways: reducing plant energy demand through alternatives to conventional secondary treatment and energy efficiency, and capturing the latent energy of wastewater and other organic material to generate energy.

WERF seeks services to identify energy self-sufficient wastewater treatment facilities, document how this energy sufficiency was achieved, and determine the possible ways that this can be and has been accomplished over several common wastewater plant process configurations.

WERF is collaborating with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to co-fund this research. “We hope that a multidisciplinary team will be assembled to perform the work described in this RFP, and we strongly encourage bidders to include partners located in New York State on their multidisciplinary teams,” states WERF Senior Program Director, Lauren Fillmore.

Approximately a half-million dollars is available to fund the research. The request for proposals and complete instructions are available here. Contact Senior Program Director Lauren Fillmore at (571) 384-2107 or lfillmore(at)werf(dot)org for additional information. All pre-proposals are due in WERF's offices by 4:00 p.m. EDT, February 27, 2012.

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