Gresham water treatment plant captures gases for power production

August 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

The 30 July 2012 headline in the Oregonian, “Gresham’s wastewater treatment plant leading way in power production, alternative energies,” may have understated things. The town of Gresham lies just east of Portland (a really nice way to get there is to ride your bike east on the Springwater corridor just south of campus) and has lived in Portland’s shadow for a long time, but Gresham will soon add a “green” feather to its cap that has eluded Portland and the rest of Oregon. Namely, Gresham’s wastewater plant is going to accept restaurant grease into its solid waste stream. This waste, which includes fats, oils, and grease (or FOG), is responsible for a whopping 40% of sanitary sewer backups and overflows. Not only that, Gresham’s plant will convert the waste into energy and this will provide enough energy to run the entire plant.

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