Many of New York's water and wastewater facilities have participated in NYSERDA programs to assist with the identification and implementation of energy-efficient improvement projects. Find out how NYSERDA programs can assist your facility by reviewing the case studies and technical reports presented below.
The NYSERDA Focus on Municipal Water and Wastewater Program developed two in-depth case studies which provide a descriptive overview of how NYSERDA programs assisted other facilities with identifying and implementing energy efficiency improvements. Both case studies clearly describe how facilities can achieve subsequent cost savings by participation in more than one NYSERDA program.
NYSERDA has also produced the following case studies:
Many facilities have participated in NYSERDA programs to identify and evaluate potential energy efficiency improvement projects. For facilities who have not yet participated in NYSERDA programs, and are interested in reviewing a sample facility report, selected FlexTech reports are posted below.
Technology Development and Demonstration Reports
NYSERDA promotes the use of new technologies, and has funded numerous technology development and demonstration projects. Select final reports, market reports and fact sheets are available for download below.
- Optimization of Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection. This resource contains practical tools for optimizing the validation, design, and operation of UV disinfection systems. Published in 2007 by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AwwaRF), produced in partnership with NYSERDA.
- Market Characterization Report: Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity for the Municipal Wastewater Sector in New York. [PDF] (November 2007)
- Market Characterization Report: Anaerobic Digester Gas-to-Electricity for the Food Manufacturing Sector in New York. [PDF] (September 2007)
- Energy Efficient Sludge Treatment with Reed-Bed Technology Demonstration Project. [PDF] The Conesus Lake County Sewer District, Lakeville Wastewater Treatment Plant demonstrated an energy-efficient method of treating sludge using reed-bed technology. (October 2006)
- Harriman Wastewater Treatment Facility Membrane Bioreactor Pilot Study. [PDF] A six-month pilot study was undertaken to establish the feasibility of incorporating membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology as a means of upgrading the treatment capacity of existing oxidation ditches at the facility. (October 2006)
- Coarse Monomedia for Wastewater Treatment Plants. An outreach program was conducted aimed at promoting and implementing coarse monomedia filtration technology. [PDF] The report includes preliminary feasibility studies for six municipal wastewater treatment facilities. (August 2006)
- Coarse Monomedia Filter Pilot Testing for the City of Geneva, New York. [PDF] A pilot study was undertaken to demonstrate the effectiveness of coarse monomedia filtration (CMF) in the treatment of raw wastewater. (February 2006)
- Optimizing the Energy Efficiency of Ultraviolet Disinfection through On-Site Validation and Control Equipment Maintenance. [PDF|6.2MB] On-site validation of the City of Albany's Loudonville Ultraviolet (UV) Facility was conducted in addition to an extensive six-month field study of the operating characteristics of the UV facility to identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements during the planning, design and operation of a UV disinfection project. (October 2005)
- Full Scale Demonstration of Selector-Contact-Stabilization (SCS) Process at Town of Rosendale Wastewater Treatment Plant, Ulster County, New York. [PDF] This report describes the design phase activities to retrofit one-half of the biological treatment system with the SCS process at the Town’s wastewater treatment plant and the results of the full scale demonstration. (August 2005)
- Primary Effluent Filtration study for the Niagara County Sewer District No. 1, New York. [PDF|4.5MB] A demonstration project was performed to evaluate the use of coarse mono-media filtration for the treatment of primary and CSO/SSO type wastewater. (April 2005)
- Immersed Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Performance Evaluation: Twelve Pines Sewage Treatment Plant, Suffolk County, New York. [PDF] A pilot scale demonstration study was conducted to test an MBR process for use in the Long Island Sound Drainage Basin, an area where high quality effluent and/or footprint limitations are a prime consideration. (December 2004)
- Evaluation of Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation Disinfection Technologies for Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent. [PDF|2.8MB] A pilot scale demonstration project was conducted at the Erie County Southtowns Wastewater Treatment Plant to evaluate the costs and benefits of using UV instead of chlorine for disinfection. (December 2004)
- Solar-Powered Reservoir Mixing for Improved Drinking Water Quality. [PDF] A demonstration project was conducted for the Town of Newburgh, New York to evaluate the effectiveness of solar-powered reservoir mixers to reduce and control manganese concentrations and reduce operational impacts for the Town. (November 2004)
- Study to Evaluate the Feasibility of Building an Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG) to Methanol System at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (NYCDEP) Jamaica Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). [PDF] This project fact sheet provides an overview of the study performed to evaluate the economic and process viability of converting ADG to methanol. (October 2006)