Dev. Cost-Effective Biological Removal Technology for Selenium & Nitrate from Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater from Existing Power Generating Facility Email Page
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Performer:  West Virginia State University Location:  Institute, West Virginia
Project Duration:  10/01/2016 – 09/30/2019 Award Number:  FE0027893
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies Total Award Value:  $249,999
Key Technology:   DOE Share:  $249,999
Performer Share:  $0

Candidate genes in model system
Candidate genes in model system

Project Description

This project will investigate and determine a technically feasible and cost-effective process for designing photosynthetic organisms capable of sequestering selenium (Se) and nitrates from flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater. The project will investigate changes in transcripts and metabolism in algae and plants in response to FGD wastewater and explore biotechnological strategies to increase sequestration of Se and nitrates in biomass to improve agricultural productivity.

Project Benefits

The project will develop tools such as transcriptomic and metabolomics data, algae, duckweeds, Arabidopsis Transfer-DNA (T-DNA)mutants/transgenic plants for basic and applied water research. This will lead to maximization of sequestration of Se and nitrates in biomass for FGD wastewater remediation, reduction in power plant use of freshwater resources, and enhanced agricultural production.

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Federal Project Manager Maria Reidpath:
Technology Manager Briggs White:
Principal Investigator Dr. Sanjaya: