Home Heating Guide informs us that UK scientists are turning urine into electricity. A team of scientists from the University of the West of England have conducted research showing that it is ‘technically feasible’ to turn urine into electricity. Scientists are particularly interested in the potential power of animal urine as farm animals produce around 38 billion litres of urine daily. “The impact of this could be huge, since it enables us to think of ‘waste’ in a new way, and offers great potential for the future,” said Dr Ioannis Ieropoulous who led the team.

From the San Francisco Chronicle we learn that global installed capacity of biomass and waste-to-energy plants will reach 83.1 GW by 2017. A report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. says that this growth will be fueled by governments’ concerns about rising green house gas emissions and their desire to increase the amount of renewable energy in their economies. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to surpass Western Europe and emerge as the largest market in terms of waste-to-energy investments.

Bangladesh will build its first waste-fuelled power plants in Dhaka according to Reuters. Dhaka is one of the world’s fastest growing cities with a population of 12 million and produces around 5,000 tonnes of waste each day. Italian firm Management Environment Finance SEL has been chosen to build two 50 MW power plants at two places in the capital to turn this garbage into electricity.  The plants should be on-line in 3 years.

Renewable Energy Magazine tells us that animal waste and vegetation are powering a village in Northern Ireland.  The organic material (cow dung and grass silage) from a farm near Ardstraw is converted by the Greenhill Dairy Farm Biogas plant into heat and electricity for homes and businesses. The plant has an energy efficiency of 86%, wasting only 14%. The plant produces 430 kilowatts per hour – enough to supply some 430 homes with electricity.

BBC reports that a biomass power plant is to be built in South Yorkshire, England.  The plant, to be built in Sheffield, will generate enough electricity to power 40,000 homes.  Construction will start the end of this month. Using recycled waste wood from the UK, the plant will generate up to 30 MW of electricity.

A Chinese firm will take emissions from a steel mill and create electricity says smartplanet.  A new 170 MW power plant at Handan Iron & Steel Group’s mill in Handan City will take emissions from iron and steel production and use it to power a gas turbine to generate electricity. Instead of burning waste gas in a boiler, the emissions from the factory’s blast furnace and coke oven will power a natural gas turbine to generate power.

Greeen Bay, Wisconsin will be turning its municipal solid waste into electricity according to BioEnergy Insight. Approval has been given to constructing a plant that will decompose the waste into syngas which will be used to fire three generators with a combined output of 5 MW.  The electricity will be sold to the local grid.

Mount Airy, North Carolina will be converting its landfill into electricity soon too says the Mount Airy News. The county has signed an agreement with a company to install and operate a landfill gas collection system, which will collect the methane gas and use it as fuel to generate electricity. The county will not make any investment in the project but will receive a percentage of the revenue over a 20 year period.  After seven years the county has the option to purchase the operation.

The Ledger-Enquirer notes that landfill is being converted to energy at Fort Benning, Georgia. Methane gas from an old landfill near the US military base is now generating enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 250 homes. The 230 kW of electricity is being used to run operations on the base.

Solid Waste & Recycling reports that Boise, Idaho is to have a waste-to-energy plant.  An agreement has been struck with a firm to build the facility on land to be leased from the county for $1 per year for 20 years.  It will process 250 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste, old tires, and other wastes and convert it into synthetic gas to generate electricity. 95% of the waste will be destroyed in the process. The state-of-the-art process that can reduce tons of trash in eight hours into a small pile of ash and a gas that can be converted into energy. Construction will begin in spring 2012 and estimated to be complete and operational by late spring 2013. The firm intends to sell the electricity to Idaho Power. The digester will reduce about 45% of the solids that the treatment plant normally produces which means that less waste must be diverted to farmer’s fields or landfill.


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