Faculty Advisor

Davis, Paul W.

Faculty Advisor

Hanlan, James P.

Project Center

Washington, DC


This project aimed to help the U.S. DOE identify motivating and dissuading factors for wastewater treatment plants to achieve zero-net energy operation. To accomplish this we interviewed representatives from treatment plants and assistance programs and determined internal and external influences for the implementation of energy efficient and energy generating technologies and processes. We concluded that stakeholder communication, technical uncertainty, funding availability, and energy management affect rationale for zero-net energy efficiency and made recommendations to the DOE based on our findings.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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