DALLAS, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Water Association awarded its 2018 Project Innovation Awards, recognizing VCS Denmark and its Beyond Energy Neutrality Program, supported by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC), as an outstanding example of innovation in the water sector.
The Beyond Energy Neutrality Program, which earned the silver award in the Performance Improvement and Operational Solutions category, embraces new approaches to managing the water-energy nexus. Jacobs began working on the program in 2012 when selected to help transform Odense, Denmark's, largest wastewater treatment plant – Ejby Mølle – from a large electrical power consumer to a net producer of electricity and heat energy capable of serving more than 400,000 people.
The plant achieved energy neutrality in 2013 by leveraging carbon redirection to reduce process energy consumption while increasing energy generation from a biogas-driven combined heat power system. The Ejby Mølle wastewater treatment plant now generates more than 150 percent of its energy, virtually eliminating the need for external power from the grid.
"VCS Denmark strives to be a model for incorporating sustainability principles in its operations," said Jacobs Global Director of Wastewater Solutions and Vice President Julian Sandino. "Very few treatment facilities can consider themselves energy self-sufficient, let alone net energy positive. This award is a tremendous tribute to their efforts and we are grateful for the opportunity to accompany VCS in advancing sustainable water resource recovery."
Today, Jacobs continues helping VCS with development of an ambitious, industry-first demonstration program focused on how an emerging technology called membrane aerated biofilm reactor might deliver further energy savings, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and requiring a much smaller facility footprint.
In their 12th year, IWA's Project Innovation Awards recognize and promote excellence and innovation in water management, research and technology and are given at the World Water Congress & Exhibition held this year in Tokyo.
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