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Using Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities

COURSE NO: R04-007
Using Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes the technical and economic potential for introducing combined heat and power (CHP) systems to wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs), especially smaller WWTFs with influent flow rates of 1 to 5 MGD. The course also presents operational observations obtained through interviews with WWTF operators who have employed CHP.


Some of the key findings given in the course are that 1) CHP is a reliable, cost-effective option for WWTFs that have, or are planning to install, anaerobic digesters; 2) while many WWTFs have implemented CHP, the potential still exists to use more CHP,  based on technical and economic benefits; 3) on a national scale, the technical potential for additional CHP at WWTFs is over 400 MW of biogas-based electricity generating capacity and approximately 38,000 MMBtu/day of thermal energy; and 4) translating CHP potential into actual successes requires an understanding of operational realities.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for engineers working as CHP project developers, WWTF operators and state and local government policy makers.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Overview of CHP and its benefits at WWTFs
  • Market for WWTFs with CHP
  • Technical potential for CHP at WWTFs
  • Economic potential for CHP at WWTFs
  • First-hand observations gathered through interviews of WWTF operators regarding the benefits and challenges of CHP
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Using Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities” which is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency document, “Opportunities for Combined Heat & Power at Wastewater Treatment Plants: Market Analysis and Lessons from the Field,” produced by the Environmental Protection Agency Combined Heat and Power Partnership, October, 2011.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Using Combined Heat and Power at Wastewater Treatment Facilities (1.3 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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