Eco-Business writes about how China and Europe continue to lead the waste to energy boom. The global waste to energy incineration market continues to expand, in spite of the European financial crises, growing to 7.2 billion euros per year by 2016, according to a new report by German environmental consultancy, ecoprog.” Presently, over 6 billion euros per year is being invested in new construction, modernisation and maintenance of thermal waste to energy plants throughout the world. There are 2150 thermal waste treatment plants currently operational around the globe and according to ecoprog those facilities have the capacity to treat almost 250 million tonnes of waste per year. A further 250 new waste to energy facilities with a capacity of approximately 70 million tonnes per year will be operating by 2016.  The driving force behind this movement is expanding urban growth and the decline in landfill capacity to accommodate that growth.  China and Europe are leading the world in adding waste to energy facilities. In Europe, new markets are opening in the UK, Poland and Scandinavia to rival Germany and the Netherlands. The report also found that many emerging economies, such as India and Brazil, lack the necessary infrastructure and funding for implementing waste to energy projects. See also letsrecycle Global incineration market ‘growing significantly.

MarketWatch tells us the global waste to energy business will grow 11% annually through 2021. A new study by SBI forecasts the market will post a compound annual growth rate of 11.2% from 2011 through 2021, growing from $8.5 to $27.2 billion. From 2006 through 2010 95% of the global waste to energy market relied on two technologies: incineration and anaerobic digestion. Now pyrolysis, plasma gasification, and gasification are expected to gain relative market share, and together will comprise over 30% of the total  market by 2015.

From we learn that India is sitting on a huge waste to energy potential. According to a recent research report “India Urban And Industrial Waste to Energy Market” published by KuicK Research India produces solid waste of about 55 million tonnes and 38 billion liters of sewage every year excluding industrial wastes. Urban and industrial waste is expected to increase as development increases and villages convert into towns and cities. “India is looking at a future in which domestic and international players will soon enter the waste energy market and exploit its potential to provide the energy to meet its increasing demand…India has the requisite raw material, the capital and the technology for this very profitable energy conversion market and is rapidly increasing its generation potential.”

OILPRICE describes How Today’s Garbage Can Be Tomorrow’s Electricity while the Globe and Mail tells us sewage is an unlimited renewable resource.

environmental LEADER has a post on Waste-to-Energy Mapping Tool Matches Waste Producers, Anaerobic Digesters. The US Environmenal Protection Agency has launched that country’s first waste to biogas mapping tool, aimed at supporting the use of organic waste for energy projects. The tool is an interactive map that attempts to link large energy generators and restaurants, hotels and other food waste generators, to increase the rate of organic waste that is converted to energy and reduce the amount sent to landfill. Users can determine the types of facilities in their area, where clusters are located, and the distance between a waste producer and an anaerobic digester. The tool also functions in reverse – allowing generators of organic waste to find partner facilities that will accept it. This EPA tool is just the latest in a number of applications that are attempting  to use the internet and information technology to bring together two parties with symbiotic needs for creating energy.  A fine example of the quantum physics conclusion that information is energy.

The Green Car Congress reports on the first alcohol to jet fuel test. Last week the US Air Force flew the first test flight using “alcohol-to-jet” (ATJ) fuel.  The fuel was derived from isobutanol. The test involved an A-10 Thunderbolt jet powered by a blend of 50% ATJ fuel and 50% jet fuel. A series of flight test maneuvers, throttle bodies, auxiliary power unit (APU) starts and engine assisted starts were performed. The successful test proved that ATJ fuel is a technically viable and promising alternative for both military and commercial applications.

Waste Management World informs us that biofuel from used cooking oil will be generating electricity in Devon, England. Used cooking oil from residential and commercial use is to be collected by Living Fuelwill, to produce a patented biofuel, LF100. The bilfuel is then used by the company to produce electricity for the National Grid.

CleanBizAsia discusses a tofu to energy project in Indonesia. the project aims to transform wastewater from tofu production into biogas. The Indonesian government thinks that more than 56,000 tonnes of fossil fuels could be substituted each year with biogas produced from tofu industry waste water in the country.

A wastewater treatment plant in the US state of North Carolina is going to convert human waste to electricity reports the Charlotte Business Journal. The Rocky River Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant intends to produce up to 1.9 MW of electricity — enough energy to power 1,400 homes every day — from heat generated by a multihearth sludge incinerator. Sludge is human feces with the water removed. The North Carolina Utilities Commission in 2010 declared human waste to be a green a source of energy.

A 78 MW waste to energy incineration plant is being built in Finland according to Waste Management World. Construction has commenced of a 320,000 tonne per year waste to energy facility in Eastern Vantaa, Finland. The plant is to begin operation in 2014. The new plant will burn 320,000 tonnes of waste annually to produce 78 MW of electricity and 120 MW of district heating, with an overall plant efficiency of 95%. The heat production will correspond to about half of Vantaa region’s annual heat requirement.

The same source tells us that a 585 MW hybrid power station in the US state of Virginia uses waste wood. The Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center uses biomass (waste wood products) as well as coal and waste coal to generate enough electricity for more than 146,000 homes. (video)

Waste Management World reports that a new waste to energy plant in East Sussex, England is producing 16 MW of electricity. The plant converts residual waste left over after recycling into enough electricity to power 25,000 homes.

Biomass (plant-based materials) and sugarcane will be supplying electricity in Nepal says renewablesbiz.

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