Silicon Valley Clean Water
SVCW manages energy by reducing our energy demand and increasing our energy supply. By implementing innovative technologies such as a new hyperbolic mixer/aerator to treat water and a rotary fan press to process solid waste, SVCW has reduced our energy demand by hundreds of horsepower. As an example, by replacing our water aeration system with a high efficiency hyperbolic aerator we will save approximately 2.93 million kilowatt-hours of energy every year, enough to power 240 homes every year. In 2018, SVCW received $273,623.94 from PG&E as an incentive to implement this new technology.
By generating our own power, SVCW regenerates 70% of its energy usage. Our onsite power plant utilizes renewable natural gas called digester gas, which is a byproduct of the wastewater treatment process. Another byproduct of power generation is heat, which is also recovered and used to provide 100% of our facility’s heating demand, such as building heating and process heating. Generating our own power from natural gas offsets our demand for electricity that would normally be generated by fossil fuel, thus reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.
Other energy projects such as battery storage and solar will also help SVCW manage its energy demand and provide renewable supplies for our region