Dr. Caliskaner was the principal investigator and project manager of this advanced primary treatment (APT) and carbon diversion technology development project funded by the California Energy Commission. The project had seven different sponsors from industry, academia, and public utilities. The project included testing of five wastewater filters for 2 years (between 2013-2015) to demonstrate significant potential energy and capital savings at water resource recovery facilities (WRRF). This project was significant as the first full scale demonstration for continuous operation of filtration systems as APT technologies. Design and operational principles were established for primary effluent filtration (PEF). The demonstration system consisted of the five wastewater filters:
Following benefits were estimated based on the process modeling using treatment and hydraulic performance results obtained during the PEF demonstration project at the Linda County Water District’s (Linda) WRRF.