Eckenfelder Lecture Series #1: Process Intensification

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Join process intensification practitioners and thinkers including Dr. Glen Diagger (University of Michigan), Dr. Jose Jimenez (Brown and Caldwell), and Dr. Sandeep Sathyamoorthy (Black and Veatch) as they provide an overview and drivers for wastewater process intensification. Moderated question and answer session led by Paula Monaco (Plummer) to follow speakers.

Seminar Synopsis

Process Intensification is an emerging topic within the wastewater treatment profession. Numerous researchers and practitioners are pursuing approaches to intensify wastewater treatment facilities and are developing treatment technologies to accomplish it. But, what is it? What does this phrase mean, and how do we do it? Even, more importantly, why should we do it. Some brief responses to the questions follow. First, process intensification involves the development and implementation of treatment technologies that provide more space-intensive (lower volume per unit wastewater treated), higher-performing (better effluent quality), and resource-efficient (less energy, etc.) wastewater treatment. This presentation will address these questions and set a framework for the examples to follow in this series. Some example optimization opportunities with increased biomass include those which increase settling velocity and/or incorporate biofilm components into suspended growth processes. Process intensification is increasingly important because we must provide higher levels of public health and environmental stewardship, and often on constrained sites. Furthermore, with rapid changes in technology, the use of more volume-efficient technologies allows reduced investment in water-holding structures, which can constrain future treatment options, and free up funds to invest in higher-performing treatment technologies. These topics will be expanded upon during the presentation along with a discussion of the values and trade-offs to consider per each facility system. Fundamentals of optimization steps and processes will be discussed to instruct attendees on priority functions related to process intensification.


Seminar Agenda

1:30 PM (CST) – 1:40 PM (CST): Introduction (Paula Monaco) & Dr. Eckenfelder History (Raj Bhattarai)

1:40 PM (CST) – 2:00 PM (CST): SPEAKER #1 – Glen T. Daigger, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE

2:00 PM (CST) – 2:20 PM (CST): SPEAKER #2 – Jose Jimenez, Ph.D., P.E.

2:20 PM (CST) – 2:40 PM (CST): SPEAKER #3 – Sandeep Sathyamoorthy, Ph.D., P.E.

2:40 PM (CST) – 3:00 PM (CST): PANEL Q&A


This webinar provides 1.5 CEU hours for wastewater utility operators.

WEAT/WEF Member Registration $30
Non-Member Registration (includes 1-year of WEAT-only membership): $95

Sponsorship opportunities are available for $300.

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Thank you, Eckenfelder Lecture Series sponsors!

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