There is an abundance of popular renewable energy sources, as regular readers of Blue & Green Tomorrow will be aware: wind, solar, hydroelectric… But there are other new technologies arising that are pushing themselves into the spotlight amongst oft-discussed wind turbines and solar panels.
One such innovation is quite literally in the pipeline as Chinese engineers pioneer and implement the world’s first large scale sewage geothermal technology.
As the quest for sustainable energy increases, renewable forms are becoming more diverse and more innovative. In fact, the Chinese patent developed by Jin Da Di Energy Engineering & Technology Co. is so effective that is it already finding similar popularity in the US, where it has been taken up by NovaThermal Energy LLC.
So, how does it work? Hot wastewater is produced by washing machines, showers, dishwashers and, of course, industrial processes, but the heat is usually lost. Geothermal sewage, as a source, relies on heat harvested by water waste to create energy. The actual process involves the implementation of pipes, which then divert wastewater into an extractor. This is then used to heat and cool buildings.
A critical part of the geothermal process is a device translated from its Chinese developers as the “Anti-Block Machine“. The process filters through the sewage before it flows through the heat pump, removing larger debris that may cause damage.
In China, the inventive technology has so far been successfully employed for heating and air conditioning in large buildings including a hotel, a one million square-foot train station in Beijing and a 450,000-square-foot high-rise apartment building in Tianjin, China’s third largest city.
Up until now, the natural heat from sewage had powered nothing but bacteria, and the fact that Philadelphia-based NovaThermal are implementing the patent in the US takes us one step up the ladder of transition.
“It’s just like geothermal energy, but we’re using a different source, so to speak,” said Elinor Haider, NovaThermal’s chief executive.
In April, Matt Moses, building supervisor of the Southeast Wastewater plant in Philadelphia, surveyed the machinery at the 20,000-square-foot compressor building, which now gets its heat from the waste water container outside. Moses has enthused about the effectiveness of the technology: “You can see the steam rising from it in the winter,” he said. “I’m surprised nobody thought about this sooner.”
In March of this year, Blue & Green Tomorrow took a look at Ernst and Young’s Country Attractiveness (CAI) Report in which China came out top for development and investment in wind energy.
Ultimately, the world of green solutions will flourish, and the impact of the clean energy industry is spreading. To invest in renewable energy, fill in our online form and we’ll connect you with an independent specialist. If you’re interested in using green energy at home or for your business, contact Good Energy—the UK’s only 100% renewable energy provider.
Like our Facebook Page
How Cities In Canada Are Addressing Climate Change
10 Tax Incentives for Businesses That are Lowering their Carbon Footprint
How to Manage Anxieties About Climate Change
Green Brands Must Understand Their Customers to Market Wisely
Key Necessities for Starting an Eco-Friendly Freelance Business
6 Ways To Overcome Cash Flow Challenges as a Green Business
Going Cashless Lowers Our Carbon Footprint and Has Other Pros and Cons
How to Be as Eco-Friendly as Possible on a Trip to New York
Why Brazed Plate Heat Exchangers Are Eco-Friendly
6 Steps For Making Crypto & Blockchain Eco-Friendly
Building a Career in Green Construction: Tips and Insights
Top 5 Benefits of Workplace Sustainability
The Role of Smart Technology in Managing EV Charging Stations
4 USA Vacation Destinations for an Eco-Friendly Trip
6 Wastewater Management Tips to Reduce Water Pollution
Why Internet Faxing Is A Sustainable Business Move
5 Ways Eco-Friendly Employers Can Boost Efficiency
What to Look for When Choosing an Eco-Friendly Locksmith
Flexible Return Policies Can Make Retail More Sustainable
Using Green Patents to Drive Sustainability & Eco-Friendly Designs
- Environment3 months ago
6 Home Improvements You Can Make to Help the Environment
- Environment10 months ago
4 Countries That Have Banned Single-Use Plastic
- Features9 months ago
5 Huge Support Tips for Eco-friendly eCommerce Brands
- Environment7 months ago
How to Ensure Your Home’s Eco-Friendly During Construction?