Water management is a high priority for power plant owners. There are many factors that can make it a particular concern, such as stricter environmental restrictions on wastewater discharge, regional water shortages, and the public perception of power plants. Implementing Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) can help solve these issues.
The Water Research Center (WRC) is a research facility established in 2012 at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen. The WRC facilitates the development and demonstration of water treatment and conservation technologies.
The facility, which is the first research center of its kind in the U.S., is a collaborative effort between the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Southern Research (SR), Southern Company, its subsidiary Georgia Power, and 14 other utilities.
Originally published in Water Environment Federation's World Water Magazine.
In a corporate-academic partnership unique to algal research, WesTech Engineering, Inc. and Utah State University’s Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are developing processes for more efﬁcient harvesting of algae from municipal wastewater and other nutrient-rich sources. Floyd Grifﬁths of WesTech Engineering, Inc. reports on joint research efforts for converting algae into high-value bioproducts.
Corporations frequently establish joint research partnerships with universities in diverse ﬁelds; however, such collaboration seldom occurs in algal research, which has almost exclusively remained within the province of universities.