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Reference Number EP/E005098/1
Title Network for the sustainable use of energy in water and wastewater treatment
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Production of other biomass-derived fuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 30%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy 50%;
Principal Investigator Dr E Cartmell
No email address given
School of Applied Sciences
Cranfield University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 November 2006
End Date 31 October 2009
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £91,652
Industrial Sectors Water
Region East of England
Programme Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr E Cartmell , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr H Yeung , School of Engineering, Cranfield University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Edinburgh (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Glamorgan (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Warwick (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of East Anglia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Newcastle University (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northumbrian Water Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , DEFRA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , Severn Trent Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thames Water Utilities Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Anglian Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , Environmental Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , United Utilities PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Yorkshire Water (0.000%)
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Abstract The water that you drink and use to flush the toilet all needs to be treated to provide everyone with safe drinking water and to protect the environment. However, this treatment uses a large amount of energy (8,000 GWh) each year. This is equivalent to you running about 100 million tumble driers non-stop for a year.The energy that is used for water and wastewater treatment comes from non-renewable fossil fuel energy resources such as coal, oil and gas. Furthermore, when they are used they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which contributes to global warming. Therefore, if the amount of energy that is used to treat your drinking water can be reduced then less non-renewable energy resources will be used up and less carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere.In our proposal we intend to establish a network of people to develop research ideas to reduce energy use in water and wastewater treament. Some of the projects we will be looking at will include developing new treatment processes which use less energy. We will also examine increasing the production of more biogas. Biogas is produced during wastewater treatment and can be used to supply energy instead of using fossil fuels. We also intend to develop a web site and stage a number of meetings in the UK so that good ideas regarding energy use can be passed to others.The people that are going to be in the network include all the major water companies like Thames, Severn Trent, Yorkshire, Northumbrian, Anglian and United Utilities, government orgnisations like the Environment Agency and other Universities namely Imperial College, Strathcylde, Birmingham, Warwick and Edinburgh. They all have particular expertise in either water or wastewater treatment processes or in energy conservation and renewable energy
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