Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Fact Sheet Series: Wastewater Treatment Plants

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

Date: October 19, 2021

Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) require a reliable source of electrical power, as power outages can lead to spills that cause health and sanitation issues in local communities. WWTPs that use anaerobic digesters produce methane-rich biogas, which is often burned for heat or flared away, but this byproduct can instead be used as a fuel source for a combined heat and power (CHP) system. CHP installations fueled by this onsite source allow WWTPs to fulfill their electricity needs without relying on the grid, making these plants more resilient and cost-effective.

Click here for the Market Sector Fact Sheet on CHP and Wastewater Treatment Plants.

Salvatore (Sam) Rinaldi

Sam is on the membership committee for the Midwest Cogeneration Association. He is a Project Coordinator for the Energy Resources Center (ERC). In this role Sam is responsible for a variety of functions such as: locating funding opportunities, analyzing energy costs, energy billing and collection, preparing public relations materials, and organizing professional workshops. Currently Sam is developing and implementing a targeted outreach program to promote Energy Efficiency in selected market segments. Prior to joining the ERC, Mr. Rinaldi worked on creating, developing, and promoting a variety of companies in Venezuela. He also previously worked as an accountant for several multinational companies including Magnacraft, Maremont, and John Crane. Mr. Rinaldi holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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