How St. Cloud is Turning Waste Water into Energy

How St. Cloud is Turning Waste Water into Energy Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - St. Cloud is using byproducts from the community to create energy.

The St. Cloud Nutrient, Energy and Water Recovery Facility is using community food, beverage industries and waste streams to create energy through the use of helpful bacteria. The bacteria converts these products into biofuel which is cleaned and used to produce the energy.

The city of St. Cloud treats wastewater for over 120,000 people in six cities and treats over 10 million gallons of waste water every day.

Through the facility, over 4 million kilowatts per hour of energy is produced every year, enough to give 500 homes electricity for an entire year. It is also enough to account for almost 15% of the electricity St. Cloud uses to provide services every year.

To learn more about St. Cloud's biofuel iniatitive, click here.