June 4, 2010

For Additional Information:

Robert Simison, City of Meridian, 208-888-4433,

Marilyn Whitney, Idaho National Laboratory, 208-569-7611,


Meridian, INL and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies Collaborate

on Wastewater Treatment and Energy Technologies


Meridian, ID - (June 4, 2010) -  On June 7, the City of Meridian, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) will conduct a media availability at 3:00 p.m. to highlight a proposed project to test a technology that will produce energy from the City’s wastewater treatment system.


The City of Meridian has been in discussions with INL, CAES, and two CAES partners -- Boise State University and the University of Idaho -- along with private industry on this technology evaluation. The proposed project supports the City of Meridian’s energy efficiency goals and the vision of a self-sustaining wastewater treatment plant.


The program begins at 3:00 p.m. at Silverstone Plaza (3405 E. Overland Road) in Meridian and will include remarks from Mayor Tammy de Weerd, an overview of the wastewater treatment project by City of Meridian and CAES representatives, and remarks by Brent Stacey, INL director of Technology Deployment.


Following the media availability, the following will be presented:


 3:40 p.m.       Brent Stacey, INL director of Technology Deployment, on technology licensing and regional economic development


4:10 p.m.        Evaluating Wastewater Treatment Systems for Energy Production by Meridian Wastewater Superintendent Tracy Crane, Advanced Bio-Energy Systems Jerry Sturgill, and CAES researcher Greg Bala


4:30 p.m.        Technology Development and Deployment Successes by INL research chemist Bob Fox


4:50 p.m.        Bioenery and Biofuel Research by INL research engineer David Muth

5:10 p.m.        Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity by INL research engineer Barney Carlson


5:30 p.m.        INL Technology Showcase, concluding at 7:00 p.m.


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