Chevron company to power wastewater sludge facility
According to Chevron Energy Solutions President Jim Davis, construction of the facility began May 8, and start-up operations are expected to begin sometime in early 2008. Davis said the facility will reduce landfill waste and decrease annual energy costs by $800,000, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5.5 million tons per year. FuelCell Energy sold its fuel cell technology to the city of Rialto through Chevron Energy Solutions, which will maintain and operate the plant after it is complete. This is Chevron Energy Solutions' second project of this nature, with the first completed in Millbre, Calif., last year.
"This is basically one of those great examples of applying innovation to proven energy technologies in a unique way to benefit the community of Rialto," Davis said. "By looking at wastewater treatment operations holistically, we're helping Rialto and other cities transform an urban waste into an asset."
Once the project is complete, a fats, oils and greases (FOG) receiving station will provide an effective disposal alternative, reducing the amount of FOG sent to landfills. Meanwhile, the fuel cell plant and other energy-efficient improvements will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 11 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to removing 1,080 cars from the road each year.