MA Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau
Thousands of contaminated properties and waste sites in the United States cause groundwater pollution. Groundwater remediation systems often rely on electricity generated from non-renewable energy, namely burning fossil fuel. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has been promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with groundwater remediation. Our team utilized MA waste site data, MassDEP databases and remedial monitoring reports, a site visit, and interviews to determine if green and efficient energy applications are viable in the remediation process. Gains in energy efficiency from system component modifications and use of solar power can effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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