Massachusetts Clean Energy Center grants fund wastewater treatment technologies

MassCEC innovation grants pair technology firms with wastewater plants in Amherst, Pittsfield, Westfield and Fairhaven.

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BOSTON, SEPT 26, 2018 -- The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has dispersed innovation grants that pair technology firms with wastewater plants in Amherst, Pittsfield, Westfield and Fairhaven.

According to MassLive, Pittsfield is paired with MICROrganic Technologies, and will receive $56,888 for "energy-neutral technology" to aerate organic waste without blowing water through it, which could significantly reduce costs.

Amherst will work with Nanostone Water, Inc. and received $145,027 to try innovative treatment and oxidation methods in concert with The goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of new methods regarding reuse of water for non-potable uses.

The Fairhaven Water Pollution Control Facility will work with Microvi Biotech and Westech Engineering Inc. using a $150,000 grant to demonstrate two kinds of nutrient removal expected to reduce energy use by 15 to 20 percent. The facility

Westfield, using $50,000, will pair with Hach, Woodard & Curran to demonstrate the benefits of "ammonia-based aeration control."

The technology could help cities and towns meet their compliance requirements at a lower cost.

In a statement, Matthew Beaton, Gov. Charlie Baker's energy and environment secretary, said wastewater innovation may also help the state meet its clean energy goals.

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