This Day Live says that Lagos, Nigeria is going to use methane gas harvested from septic tanks from homes and offices, as part of the city’s efforts to boost electricity supply. China will supply the generators. With a population of 8 million, Lagos is currently the second most populous city in Africa after Cairo.

Using human waste to produce electricity is also going to occur in Bradford, England (see here) and Yorkshire, England (see here).

Virgin Atlantic is looking at powering some of its aircraft with a new type of  biofuel derived from waste gases from steel mills. The company is working with  the industrial bio-commodities technology provider LanzaTech to produce the fuel in India which is one of the world’s largest steel producers. The LanzaTech process converts C02 waste in steel production into an ethanol-based fuel. A demonstration flight using the biofuel should take place within 18 months, with Virgin’s flights from Delhi and Shanghai to London.

truthdive tells us about a small New York firm, Rentricity, that uses water pressure to create electricity. The company has found a way to convert the waste heat in water  treatment plants, reservoirs and factories into electricity.

BioEnergy Insight says that Finnish paper producer UPM will build a biorefinery that will produce biofuels from crude tall oil derived from wood pulp. The facility will produce about 100,000 tonnes of biodiesel a year to be used as vehicle fuel.  Construction starts this year with the plant to be operating by 2014.

A dairy farm in Franklin, Vermont will use an anaerobic digester to convert animal waste, farm waste and other organic waste into heat and electricity. The heat will be used on the farm while the electricity will be sold to the public grid.

A report by consulting firm Hawkins Wright predicts global demand for torrefied biomass will exceed 70 million metric tons per year by 2020 according to Biomass Power and Thermal. The report claims torrefied biomass is on the brink of becoming a viable feedstock for utility-scale electricity generators, potentially replacing coal in Europe, Asia and North America.

wmtw notes that wood pellets are fuelling the Maine economy. Five years ago Maine had just one pellet-producing plant. Today, there are four plants with plans to build more. The wood for the pellets comes from the state’s logging forestry industry. At full capacity, Maine’s four mills could produce some 400,000 tons of pellets a year. The pellets are being used within the state to replace more expensive heating oil in homes, businesses and public buildings such as schools.

From Energy Boom we learn that Germany’s largest electric utility E.ON has entered into a multi-year agreement with biomass producer Enviva for the supply of wood pellets. E.ON will use the pellets to replace coal in its European coal-fired plants. The “drop-in ready” pellets are considered an attractive alternative for reducing carbon emissions while extending the operating life of coal-fired power plants, allowing them to burn the pellets in existing furnaces instead of making costly facility conversions.

in Maricopa reports that the city of Maricopa, Arizona will have a new biomass plant that will produce electricity to power 20,000 homes. When it commences operation in 2014 the plant will have the capacity to burn 300,000 tons of biomass a year.  The biomass will include agricultural waste, tree trimmings and nutshells which now goes to landfill. The electricity produced at the plant will be sold to various utility companies in California.

The Kamloops Daily News informs us that Cache Creek, British Columbia plans to use methane gas from its landfill to produce electricity next year. Methane gas that today is flared off in giant stacks will power the equivalent of more than 2,000 homes.

Power Engineering says that Biotech Farms Inc., one of the Philippines’ largest integrated hog and poultry layer farms, will be fueled by biogas processed from animal waste in an onsite anaerobic digester. The biogas will produce onsite electricity for the farm’s feeding equipment, ventilation fans, water pumps, and lighting, allowing Biotech Farms to be self-sufficient with its power requirements. tells us that Montana’s Flathead Electric Cooperative will buy 2.5 MW of electricity generated from lumber processing waste from logging operations in Montana’s Flathead Valley in a 20 year contract.. The input will include wood waste, including bark, sawdust, wood chips and planer shavings.


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