Open Requests

WERF funds water research on behalf of its subscribers, and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues. WERF awards a contract through a competitive process and coordinates an independent technical review project through a staff-assigned project manager. All qualified entities – including international organizations and disadvantaged business enterprises – are encouraged to submit research proposals. 

There are currently 2 open requests:


LEADERS INNOVATION FORUM FOR TECHNOLOGY (LIFT) DATABASE
RFP No. LIFT2R14

Program Area: LIFT Program Area
WERF Contact: Ravi George, Technology and Innovation Program Manager
Phone: (571) 451-2840
E-mail: rgeorge@werf.org

Proposals must be received by September 5, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Eastern

WERF seeks a contractor to build a web application to house information and facilitate collaboration and data sharing for LIFT. Moving forward, LIFT requires a database and web application to facilitate the Technology Scans process in real time.

The key objectives this application should accomplish are:
  • Online Technology Database
  • Technology Reviews 
  • Performance Data Sharing 
  • Message Board Capability  
  • Relationship Management 
  • iMIS 15.2 Integration 
Anticipated WERF Cost: WERF will provide up to $40,000 for the research described in this RFP. Proposers who bring additional resources and leverage additional funding to better achieve the objectives of this research will be given preference. 
Anticipated period of performance: November 2014 – May 2015.
Proposals are due: September 5, 2014

Supporting Documents:


Energy Recovery From Thermal Oxidation of Wastewater Solids: State of the Science Review
RFP No. ENER13T14

Energy Program Area
WERF Contact: Lauren Fillmore, Senior Program Director
Phone: 571-384-2107
Email: Lfillmore@werf.org

Responses to the RFP are due September 3, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Approximately 120 water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) utilize thermal oxidation (incineration) to manage their biosolids. Many more WRRFs are striving toward energy neutrality or net energy production. With the promulgation of the SSI MACT Rule in March 2011, WRRFs that operate thermal reduction systems may be faced with significant costs to comply and may elect to pursue other biosolids management avenues. If utilities maintain incineration, there is an opportunity to consider and include energy recovery as they implement facility upgrades to comply with the federal rule. With the addition of efficient energy recovery, WRRFs that operate or are contemplating thermal oxidation will have a real incentive to pursue thermal oxidation to achieve energy neutrality. Many of the WRRFs using incinerators can benefit from the recovery of heat and power from incineration. Many utilities are facing the difficult decision of whether to upgrade, install new equipment, or pursue other biosolids management options. More information on the renewable energy potential of biosolids incineration is urgently needed to help inform these important decisions.

This research will:
  • Examine the energy potential from the thermal oxidation of biosolids and other residuals by documenting the effectiveness of energy or heat recovery from up-to-date thermal oxidation units with combined heat and power (CHP).
  • Determine the potential for renewable energy recovery from thermal oxidation of wastewater residuals at WRRFs practicing incineration nationwide.
  • Compare the triple bottom line (TBL) value of energy recovered from biosolids by thermal oxidation in contrast to the same units of energy obtained from coal. TBL evaluation must include air emissions and environmental impact of obtaining and processing both biosolids and coal prior to thermal conversion to electric power.
  • Assist WERF to inform the Department of Energy, regulators, and lawmakers of the renewable energy potential in biosolids and residuals in domestic wastewater and related feedstocks, such as food waste and fats, oils, and grease (FOG) by providing technical information and industry examples.
Anticipated WERF Cost: WERF will provide up to $50,000 for the research described in this RFP. Proposers who bring additional resources and leverage additional funding to better achieve the objectives of this research will be given preference. 
Anticipated period of performance: December 2014 – December 2015.
Proposals are due: September 3, 2014

Supporting Documents

ENER13T14 RFP Instructions: PDF (160 KB)
ENER13T14 RFP Scope: PDF (385 KB)
ENER13T14 RFP Addendum: PDF (77 KB)
Cover Sheet: DOC (202 KB)