Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.

Abstract

This project explored the feasibility of implementing hydroelectric turbine systems in wastewater treatment facilities in Massachusetts. An inventory of treatment plant information was obtained, and the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District in Millbury, MA was selected for a case study analysis. Based on flow and head data, 19.9 kW of power could be produced, generating 1.1% of the facility's electricity needs; however, the available head was slightly below the turbine specifications. Payback periods were calculated to determine hydropower feasibility for other Massachusetts plants, and 30.9% were potentially feasible based on flow but depending on head.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2014

Major

Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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