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Military Wastewater Treatment System Generates Energy

The cost of water in the front lines of a military theater can be as much as $60 per gallon. A Michigan State University portable wastewater treatment project for the Department of Defense could make some of the expensive shipments of water unnecessary.

The system has three components: a solar unit, a biological conversion process to break down wastewater and food scraps to produce methane for fuel, and a nano-filtration system to take the discharge to provide drinking water. The short-term goal is reduce supply chain risks for the military. Long term, the technology will benefit agricultural operations and municipal wastewater treatment plants.

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Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air...