PHOENIXVILLE – United States Representative Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th, of Easttown, and the Borough of Phoenixville announced this week that the SoMax BioEnergy / Borough of Phoenixville wastewater treatment project has received the Wastewater Recovery Award. water resources of the United States Department of Energy (DOE), which is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). With only two finalists nationwide, this $ 250,000 award will help advance the next step in a state-of-the-art water harvesting platform that will turn wastewater into a product that generates energy and energy. income in a municipal facility.
“The designs proposed by these teams could revolutionize the way wastewater treatment plants treat wastewater, agricultural runoff and more,” the NREL announcement read. “This could not only save money, but also save valuable resources that are currently being lost.”
“The day after Hurricane Ida passed through our community, I vividly remember assessing the damage in Phoenixville,” said Houlahan. “It struck me because we were told that the flood waters were close, too close, permanently damaging many local government facilities such as the sewage treatment plant. It would have devastated a community already affected by historic flooding. Going from this potentially catastrophic setback to obtaining this coveted federal recognition is truly remarkable and indicative of the innovation of our community. I was more than happy to help by supporting their candidacy. I am delighted to know that this one-of-a-kind project will continue to grow.
As part of their application, the SoMax BioEnergy / Borough of Phoenixville team also submitted a full video highlighting the innovative project.
“This DOE approval increases SoMax BioEnergy’s confidence that our technology is ready for adoption and replication in municipal wastewater treatment plants across the United States to decarbonize an essential service essential to human health and environmental, ”said Dan Spracklin, Founder and CEO of SoMax Circular Solutions.
“Throughout our history, the Borough of Phoenixville has always led the way in revolutionary technology,” said Jonathan Ewald, Chairman of the Phoenixville Borough Council. “With my colleagues from the Borough Council, I am extremely proud to continue this tradition of innovation by building the infrastructure of tomorrow today. This system represents an important step in municipal government innovation that improves the local environment, decreases the borough’s long-term dependence on fossil fuels, and improves the overall efficiency of community money. taxpayers. I hope the SoMax project represents the first of many regional infrastructure improvement projects that are being built in the best interests of future generations. “
“The concept of hydrothermal carbonization here in North America began with the Borough’s partnership with SoMax Bioenergy,” said Phoenixville Borough Director E. Jean Krack. “The Borough Council has authorized funding of more than $ 3 million to make the necessary changes to the wastewater treatment plant and add the new equipment needed to start the proof of concept for wastewater treatment. This was followed by support from our County Commissioners with a grant of $ 402,000 and from the Commonwealth with an additional grant of $ 650,000 through the H2O program. This award is amazing recognition that Phoenixville is now nationally recognized by the Department of Energy.