Airlines and biofuels were in the news this week.  Dutch airline KLM flew the world’s longest biofuel flight. TheGreenCar says the flight was from Amsterdam to Rio in a Boeing 777-220, a total of 5,900 miles. The aircraft was powered partly by a combination of cooking oil and jet fuel supplied by SkyNRG, which supplies more than 15 airline carriers worldwide. At the same time, Air Canada flew North America’s longest biofuel flight from Toronto to Mexico City. The Sydney Morning Herald says the Airbus A319 used a 50-50 mixture of bi0fel and jet fuel.

OILPRICE posts about innovative ways of producing biofuel using tobacco, whiskey and seaweed.

Waste Management World has a video about Cambodians using coconut waste to create “green” charcoal for cooking stoves.

Embu prison in Kenya has turned to human excrement to generate power. Think Africa Press says that bio-gas now fuels three boilers in the prison kitchen, and firewood costs have been cut down by more than half. Many Kenyans hope this  form of recycling and generating power could be applied in not only all prisons across the country but also in other institutions to significantly reduce energy bills. The process uses an anaerobic digester to create methane which is burned as fuel.

RECYCLINGPORTAL reports that the biomass industry accounts for 20% of all Swedish energy production. 60% of the country is covered in forests, and woody biomass including timber residual feedstock. Research and Markets has recently published a report on “Biomass Industry in Sweden.” You can access the report here.

A 50 MW biomass electric power plant is expected to come online in Ureguay in 2015 according to Power Engineering. Uruguay’s state electric company UTE will get its biomass feedstock from pulp mill UPM.

Wood pellets are becoming a viable heating alternative to oil in the northeastern US we learn from ecori. Sales of pellet stoves and furnaces for residential and commercial use are increasing in this region as Americans seek affordable alternatives to costly home-heating oil. Pellet stoves start at about $1,500, not including installation. Pellet stoves pay for themselves in about four years. At about $4.00 for a 40 pound bag, a typical home consumers $900 worth of pellets each year (2 to 3 tons). Unlike heating oil prices which fluctuate with world crude oil prices, pellet prices are not as volatile and consumers can protect themselves by purchasing their entire year’s supply in advance of the heating season.

California will have the largest high solids anaerobic digester (AD) system in the US and the state’s first AD-based renewable natural gas fueling station. sustainableplantsays the operation in Sacramento will convert 25 tons of food waste per day from area food processing companies, restaurants and supermarkets into renewable natural gas. Next year, the facility will be expanded to process 100 tons of waste per day, making it the largest commercial-scale, high-solids AD system in the country. Atlas’ Renewable Natural Gas Fueling Station will use natural gas produced by the digestion system to fuel the company’s clean-fuel fleet, as well as school buses and other vehicles. See also New ‘digesters’ will turn Sacramento food waste into energy and natural gas in the Sacramento Bee.

azocleantech tells us that Waste Management is generating electricity from waste in Lenox, Michigan. Landfill methane gas is being used to produce 1.28 MW of electricity, enough to power 12,000 homes. Presently the company owns and runs 132 landfill gas projects in North America.

Market Watch says the global biogas market will double by 2022. According to a new report from Pike Research, this fast-growing market reached $17.3 billion in global revenue in 2011 and will nearly double to $33 billion by 2022. Pike says “Increasing demand among farmers, municipalities, and industrial processors for waste treatment technologies, on the one hand, and widening opportunities for renewable natural gas in transportation and cogeneration applications on the other, signal steady growth for the biogas industry over the next decade.” You can access the report here.

Morcenx, France will soon have an operational plasma gasification plant reports EIN News. Over the next year the plant will be at full capacity, generating 12 MW of electricity from industrial waste and biomass. This is enough power for 50,000 people.

 

 

 

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