Iowa State University-affiliated startup Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc. (GWT) will partner on one of 82 projects selected to receive funding supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The project team, led by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with GWT and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago, has been awarded a $240,000 TCF grant to develop a next-generation algal wastewater treatment process to improve phosphorus removal from wastewater.
The grant will support research headed by Principal Investigator and NREL Senior Scientist Dr. Jianping Yu, joined by NREL team member Dr. Michael Cantrell and Co-Principal Investigators, GWT President and Co-founder Dr. Martin Gross and Dr. Kuldip Kumar, principal environmental scientist, MWRD Chicago.
“Our project addresses a critical efficiency issue in wastewater treatment,” Gross said. “Wastewater treatment facilities around the country are facing increasingly stringent nutrient discharge limits, especially with regard to phosphorus removal, and are looking for new technologies to meet these new permits. We aim to develop strategies to maximize our algal-based wastewater treatment system’s efficiencies in order to achieve a significant overall nutrient removal outcome and minimized system footprint.”