CNN reports that Etihad Airways (of the United Arab Emirates) operated its first biofuel-powered flight recently. The Boeing 777-300ER flew 14 hours from Seattle to Abu Dhabi on a blend of traditional jet fuel and recycled vegetable cooking oil. It was the first biofuel-powered flight for Etihad and also the first in the Gulf to be operated using sustainable biofuel.

The residential combined heat and power market is forecast to reach $41 billion by 2022 we learn from Market Watch. Defined as small distributed energy generation systems that produce electricity for residences while also capturing heat that would otherwise be treated as waste, these systems offer the advantages of going online more quickly than traditional large centralized power stations, reducing demand pressure on the electrical grid, and reducing inefficiencies in the overall electrical network. A new report from Pike Research says that the sector is experiencing strong growth across the globe and the total number of installed residential combined heat and power systems (in both single family homes and multi-unit dwellings) will reach 13.5 million by 2022 with a total value of $41 billion.

The west African country of Liberia is going to use its trash to generate electricity reports the Daily Observer. However, before the plant could be operable the country has to put in place a garbage collection system that would transport the garbage to the plant. The electricity would go to the capital city, Moravia, while the steam from the waste to energy facility would power the country’s first sugar cane ethanol plant.

The New Zealand Herald tells us that pig manure may soon be generating heat and electricity downunder. Scientists at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research has developed a system that stores greenhouse gases from pig manure in a deep pond, from where it can be used as an energy source. Anaerobic bacteria breaks down the manure into biogas; methane and carbon dioxide. A large cover traps the gases in the ponds. Farmers can use the biogas by connecting it to a gas boiler for heat or to generate electricity. The project has also attracted interest in Australia, where four systems are under construction.

Cow manure is generating electricity in the US state of Washington says Indian Country. Since 2008 the Tulalip Tribes have had a partnership with local dairy farmers to pipe manure from 1400 cattle to an anaerobic digester that converts it to electricity. The power is currently being sold to Puget Sound Energy Co. and provides electricity for approximately 300 homes. Cow manure from a dairy farm is also powering 100 homes in central Pennsylvania according to the Chesapeake Bay Journal.

China’s biggest egg producer is working with a major US meat supplier to establish a bio-fuel company in the United States says CleanBiz Asia. Beijing DQY Agriculture Technology Co.and Smithfield Foods plan to create a pig farm biofuels project by using the manure from more than 2,600 pig farms over the next 10 years. This will produce 3.5 million cubic meters of methane annually and have a power generating capacity of 1 MW. Tthe project will be able to produce 7 million KWh of electricity each year and cut 42,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

business Green discusses how the UK is investing in landfill gas to create power. Tamar Energy plans to produce energy from organic waste in the country. It aims to develop a regional network of more than 40 anaerobic digestion plants that would use microbes to convert organic waste into gas that would produce around 100 MW of electricity within five years.  The UK wants to get 15% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020. Investors in Tamar include Prince Charles, financier Jacob Rothschild, and supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.

The UK Telegraph lets us know that a crematorium may soon be heating a swimming pool in Redditch, England.  Currently, heat from the incinerators at crematoria – which reach 800 degrees C (1,472 F) – is lost into the atmosphere. By linking a crematorium with the Abbey Stadium Leisure Centre the municipality could save £14,500 a year in heating costs. Work has already begun on the project, which is expected to be completed this spring.

Used cooking oil in the English county of Somerset will be used to create electricity says the Somerset County Gazette. 18 recycling sites will be operational from March 5, to divert as much cooking oil as possible from costly landfill or clogging up the county’s drains. The chemical-free filtering and settling of  cooking oil creates the bioliquid LF100 that is used in combined heat and power facilities.

Waste Management World reports that a 44 MW cogeneration facility near Bakersfield, California has been converted to run 100% biofuel instead of coal – primarily urban and agricultural wood waste. The wood feedstock for the power plant comes from construction waste, tree trimmings, and agricultural sources. Once fully combusted the residual ash is recycled as bedding material for local dairy farms, road base and soil amendments.






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