Special Issue "Energy Generation and Savings in Water/Wastewater Treatment"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2010)
Dr. Baikun Li (Website)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
Interests: environmental biotechnology; bioenergy production; water and wastewater treatment
Clean water and abundant energy are essential for global economic prosperity. Reduced availability of freshwater has forced us to turn to nontraditional sources such as saline waters and reused wastewater. However, treating these reduced quality waters with existing technologies often requires prohibitive amounts of energy, further straining our energy supplies. Recently, technologies have been developed which can treat these impaired waters in a more sustainable manner or even use them to produce fuel and electricity directly. The purpose of this Special Issue of Water is to emphasize these new technologies which can produce water and energy sustainably from water and wastewater treatment. By using these previously ignored or discarded materials as sources of water and energy, we can greatly reduce detrimental environmental impact. Examples of waste streams may include agricultural waste, municipal wastewater and food processing wastewater as they can provide valuable organic material for anaerobic biogas production. This Special Issue will also include examples of recent technology developments (including advances in hydrogen, biogas and electricity) and investigations on other new water technologies including desalination with emphasis on novel processes which can treat a variety of saline waters with minimal energy, cost, and environmental impact.
The topics that will be covered in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:
- Biomass energy production from wastewater treatment
- Wastewater reuse
- Emerging pollutants and related treatment technologies
- Seawater/brackish water desalination
- Sustainable brine discharge management strategies and treatment technologies
- Novel water/wastewater treatment technologies
- Energy balances on existing and novel water and wastewater technologies
- Cogeneration of water and energy
- Case studies of energy issues in waste treatment and water purification
- Pilot scale demonstrations and commercialization efforts
Baikun Li, Ph.D.
- Bioenergy production
- Water reclamation
- Physical-chemical process
- Biological process