New Platform for Testing Wastewater Recovery Technologies

Achievement date: 
2015
Outcome/accomplishment: 

Construction began in 2015 on a facility that will enable pilot-scale testing of technologies for recovering water, nutrients, and energy from wastewater. The platform is being built at Stanford University, home to the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), an NSF-funded center.

Impact/benefits: 

When operational, the facility will test technologies developed at ReNUWIt, including how decentralized systems can work in concert with centralized wastewater treatment plants. Already, ReNUWIt’s industrial partners have submitted proposals to construct trailer systems to be outfitted at the Stanford facility before moving to their own locations for on-site testing.

Explanation/Background: 

The$3.5 million facility was officially announced in 2014 and construction began in April 2015. The facility received funding from the Stanford provost and the Codiga family and is named the William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center.

Initially, projects will evaluate wastewater treatment using the new staged-anaerobic, fluidized-bed membrane bioreactor (SAF-MBR) system developed at ReNUWIt. The CANDO process and variations will also be tested for efficient nitrogen management. The facility will demonstrate how Stanford University may address droughts and future water shortages by water reuse while reducing the environmental impact of its campus.