ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) announced it has awarded three new contracts exploring innovative processes, according to a press release.

The first project, “Carbon Capture and Management Strategies for Energy Harvest from Wastewater (U3R14),” will be conducted by the University of California, Irvine, and the goal is to develop the necessary tools “to use carbon capture technologies, whether existing or retrofitted into existing infrastructure, to maximize energy recovery while still maintaining permit compliance,” stated the release.

To move forward with research on “Balancing Flocs and Granules for Activated Sludge Process Intensification in Plug Flow Configurations (U1R14),” the University of Kansas has also been awarded a contract, reported the release, and this study will provide design criteria and strategies to stimulate granulation in existing activated sludge processes to allow for simultaneous nutrient removal and to enhance the overall settleability.

Virginia Tech was awarded the final contract to develop a wastewater pipe deterioration model, noted the release, and Phase I and II of this project were previously completed under WERF’s “Strategic Asset Management Challenge.”

Read the entire release here.