Potential for Energy Recovery from A Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The potential for energy recovery from a wastewater treatment plant in Peru was estimated and described in this paper. The thermal and electrical energy were obtained from a calculation methodology using wastewater characteristics and an established design data set including efficiencies for the combined heat and power unit (CHP). The organic load rate was 3.98 kg VS/m3 day, the estimated electrical power was 241.7 kW and the estimated thermal power was 309.4 kW. After the upgrading and modification of the plant it will be electrically self-sufficient and could even to sell the excess of electricity to the grid. The co-digestion of others substrates is suggested to improve the production of biogas and the free volume of the digesters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7587636
Pages (from-to)3316-3321
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Latin America Transactions
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2016

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  • WWTP
  • biogas
  • combined heat and power
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy


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