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SWBEC Student co-authors a publication

Oct. 06, 2017

SWBEC Student Tyler Marlar is co-author on the refereed publication "Effects of materials surface preparation for use in spacecraft potable water storage tanks," as part of his summer 2017 internship ...

New USTAR Project

Oct. 06, 2017

The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative has awarded the team consisting of Utah State University, WesTech-Inc., and the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility a project titled “Bioene...

PhD Student Anna Doloman wins

Oct. 06, 2017

SWBEC Ph.D. student Anna Doloman has been awarded the Graduate Research and Creative Opportunity (GRCO) grant....

BE Capstone Design students sample Scofield Reservoir: Harmful Algal Blooms

BE Capstone Design students sample Scofield Reservoir: Harmful Algal Blooms

Sep. 15, 2017

Identifying, harvesting, and treating harmful algae blooms (HABs) is the ultimate goal of the BE Capstone Design team for 2017...

SWBEC Student Nathan Guymon wins URCO Grant

SWBEC Student Nathan Guymon wins URCO Grant

Aug. 09, 2017

Nathan Guymon, BE undergraduate junior and member of SWBEC has been awarded a URCO grant by the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies....

SWBEC Research and Development Ventures Receives Media coverage in "Utah Business Magazine"

Aug. 04, 2017

The article highlights the research and development regarding treatment of fracking wastewater that the Sustainable Waste to Bioproducts Engineering Center at USU has spearheaded and continues to deve...

SWBEC Student researcher Wins ISWA Video Award

Aug. 02, 2017

SWBEC student Nathan Guymon wins second at the International Solid Waste Association annuel video contest for his work "Thinking About Waste"....

Students are the engine of SWBEC

Students are the engine of SWBEC

Jul. 09, 2017

The students working with the Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are working on projects that include producing animal protein feed from algae biomass cultivated on dairy was...

Abstract of the Week: ABO Summit

Abstract of the Week: ABO Summit

Oct. 17, 2016

Utah's hydraulic fracturing industry produces large quantities of wastewater, also known as produced water. This water contains high levels of contaminates such as salts and hydrocarbons, and variable...

Abstract of the Week: Cyanobacterial Treatment of Produced Water Under Heterotrophic Conditions

Abstract of the Week: Cyanobacterial Treatment of Produced Water Under Heterotrophic Conditions

Oct. 10, 2016

Produced water, which is wastewater from fracing or natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing, presents a challenge for management because of the large volumes and associated contaminants. In ...

Abstract of the Week: Microalgae Treat Municipal Wastewater with High Ammonia Concentration

Abstract of the Week: Microalgae Treat Municipal Wastewater with High Ammonia Concentration

Sep. 12, 2016

High ammonia concentrations that can be present in the filtrate of biosolids from anaerobic digesters may present a challenge for treatment by microalgae due to toxicity and high ammonia loading. Rota...

Abstract of the Week: Treatment of Petroleum Refinery Wastewater in Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor

Abstract of the Week: Treatment of Petroleum Refinery Wastewater in Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor

Sep. 05, 2016

This research project addresses the challenge of petroleum refinery wastewater (PRW) treatment under anaerobic conditions. PRW contains refractory (difficult to biodegrade) organic and toxic chemicals...

Abstract of the Week: Psychrophilic Microalgae for Wastewater Treatment and Nutrient Recycling in Cold Weather

Abstract of the Week: Psychrophilic Microalgae for Wastewater Treatment and Nutrient Recycling in Cold Weather

Aug. 29, 2016

Wastewater treatment is an important topic right now in Utah as regulations concerning stricter removal of nutrients including nitrogen and phosphorus are being enforced. The Sustainable Waste to Biop...

Abstract of the Week: Microalgae Lipid and Protein Isolation Process (LPIP) using Wastewater Cultivated Microalgae

Abstract of the Week: Microalgae Lipid and Protein Isolation Process (LPIP) using Wastewater Cultivated Microalgae

Aug. 22, 2016

Human dependencies on fossil fuels from fracing and drilling of limited resources and on protein from agriculture has become major concern that has motivated research with the objective to decrease th...

Abstract of the Week:  Nutrient Recycling into Microalgae Biomass for Processing into Feed and Fertilizer for Dairy Wastewater  by Zak Fica

Abstract of the Week: Nutrient Recycling into Microalgae Biomass for Processing into Feed and Fertilizer for Dairy Wastewater by Zak Fica

Aug. 15, 2016

Zak Fica

The dairy production industry creates a large wastewater source worldwide. Dairy wastewater can serve as a nutrient source for the production of algal biomass that can be used as a feedstock for downs...

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