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Waste Water Technology Opens New Avenues of Energy Recovery

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Water-source Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems are one of the most energy-efficient ways to cool and heat a building.  Water sourcing helps maintain a consistent temperature without having to constantly monitor and maintain air temperature, and VRF’s small piping makes installation and renovation simple. However, water-based systems can be a challenging application in areas like California, where water conservation is a daily concern.

In the District of Columbia, D.C. Water has developed technology to convert waste water into energy by converting solid byproducts into usable energy, while also funneling steam back into the energy recovery process. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “D.C. Water’s Blue Plains facility is converting waste to clean water and a nutrient-rich soil byproduct, producing energy and helping to put the district on the path towards a zero waste future.”

We’re excited to watch this technology spread across the country. Applying it in water-conscious areas makes water source VRF a more viable option. As we all look for ways to operate more efficiently and thoughtfully, this is potentially very good news.