Wastewater Treatment Plants Becoming Prosumers
Dec13

Wastewater Treatment Plants Becoming Prosumers

Around the world, leading wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) are becoming prosumers: both a producer and consumer of energy. In regular WWTPs, aeration, pumping, and solids processing account for most of the electricity that is used. In fact, energy is the second-highest budget item for these utilities after labor costs. Wastewater is a renewable resource Wastewater is a renewable resource in its own right Click & Tweet! with thermal,...

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Green Roofs Mitigating the Risks of Climate Change
Dec06

Green Roofs Mitigating the Risks of Climate Change

Taking a proactive stance, many cities are implementing green roof policies to mitigate the risks of climate change. By Robert C. Brears* Climate change is likely to increase the frequency and magnitude of both rainfall events and heat waves in cities around the world as global temperatures continue to rise. Green roofs are a key aspect of mitigating urban flooding risks as they absorb rainwater and prevent water from overwhelming...

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A Drone Inspecting Singapore’s Sewerage System
Nov28

A Drone Inspecting Singapore’s Sewerage System

Singapore’s Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) is an underground highway for the management of used water and being able to regularly inspect and maintain it is key to preventing disruptions to its operations. However, the depth of the tunnel makes it a challenge for human entry to conduct manual inspections. AeroLion Technologies (ALT) has come up with a solution. ALT plan to automate a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system...

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Futuristic Grey+Green Infrastructure in Copenhagen
Nov22

Futuristic Grey+Green Infrastructure in Copenhagen

In 2018, Copenhagen’s new waste-to-energy plant will not only set the bar high for environmental performance but also for architectural integration into the landscape with the plant containing a variety of green and recreational spaces. The city’s waste-to-energy plant, Copenhill / Amager Bakke, is being constructed by Amager Resource Center which is owned by five Danish Municipalities. The plant, projected to open in the summer of...

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Life Cycle Thinking to Save Water in Buildings
Nov15

Life Cycle Thinking to Save Water in Buildings

With Europe facing water scarcity, the European Union (EU) is applying a life cycle thinking framework called Level(s) to save water in buildings. By Robert C. Brears* In the EU, water scarcity is becoming more frequent, affecting at least 11% of the population and 17% of its territory. Despite this, 20-40% of Europe’s available water is being wasted through leaks, lack of water saving technologies, and unnecessary irrigation. Under a...

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