NovaThermal Energy last month announced the launch of its first U.S. project at an event attended by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA) and U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Dr. David Danielson.

 

The City of Philadelphia’s Water Department and NovaThermal Energy collaborated to install the company’s patented wastewater geothermal system providing building heat at the Southeast Water Pollution Control Facility.

Novathermal Energy has launched its first U.S. project.The 1 million BTU/hr NovaThermal unit is located in the building’s basement from which it directly accesses and transfers the heat from the adjacent sewage channel. The project was funded by the City of Philadelphia’s Greenworks Pilot Energy Technology (G-PET) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and administered by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA (BFTP/SEP) and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Philadelphia to demonstrate the significant cost and energy savings of NovaThermal’s wastewater geothermal system,” noted Elinor Haider, NovaThermal’s Chief Executive Officer. “Commercialization of NovaThermal Energy’s technology will significantly reduce energy use in large commercial and industrial buildings throughout the US. In this first US project, NovaThermal Energy will demonstrate an ability to provide heat at approximately 50 percent of the City of Philadelphia’s current costs.”

The project was funded by the City of Philadelphia’s Greenworks Pilot Energy Technology (G-PET) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and administered by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA (BFTP/SEP) and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

“This project is another example of PWD’s commitment to diversify its energy portfolio as part of its pledge to be a sustainable and cost-conscious utility,” Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug said. “The development of technology that essentially recycles wastewater by extracting its energy for reuse is innovative and demonstrates PWD’s national leadership in resource recovery.”

NovaThermal was awarded $150,000 from the City of Philadelphia’s Greenworks Pilot Energy Technology (G-PET) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The program was administered by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.