Market Watch says more than 260 million tons of waste per year will be converted to energy by 2022. A new report from Pike Research says there are more than 800 thermal waste-to-energy plants operating in nearly 40 countries around the globe right now. This number is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade with increased population growth and urbanization. By 2022, Pike Research forecasts, at least 261 million tons of municipal solid waste will be converted to electricity and heat. Under a more optimistic scenario, that figure could reach 396 million tons annually, the equivalent of 429 terawatt-hours of electrical power.  By 2022, the Asia Pacific region will account for 54% of the electricity generated from waste-to-energy systems worldwide. “Ten years from now the world’s rapidly increasing urban population will generate nearly 3 billion tons of  municipal solid waste per year, representing an estimated 240 gigawatts of untapped energy potential,” says senior research analyst Mackinnon Lawrence.

Business Wire says the South American biofuel consumption market could reach $83 billion by 2016. The biofuel consumption market, currently valued at about $40 billion, comprises the sale of alternative fuels (bio-diesel and bio-ethanol) through retail service stations and wholesalers.

The global market for algae biofuel is going to grow rapidly through 2015 says Market Watch. Biofuels technologies are ripe for double-digit growth potential over the short term according to a recent SBI Bulletin. Algae biofuels, in particular. will post a compound annual growth rate of 43.1% that will increase the market to $1.6 billion in 2015. The high yield per acre and minimum environmental impact of algae biofuels makes it one of the most viable and attractive biofuels. Government grants, which were a major funding source for algae projects, are being replaced by strategic partnerships and slowly growing internal company revenues. According to the SBI, strategic partnerships include a range of industry sectors including oil & gas, biofuels & agricultural processing, chemicals & plastics, biotechnology, power utility and wastewater management. You can access the report here.

What is a biofuel?  Check out the video at Energy.gov for the answer.

Waste to energy in the UK is facing serious subsidy cuts says The Guardian. The industry had been expecting a modest subsidy cut, but instead was faced with proposals that would prevent the vast majority of new plants from receiving the subsidy from next April.

Deutsche Welle asks: Is Germany headed in the wrong direction on biofuels? The German Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences has expressed strong doubts about whether biomass can be a useful fuel in the country. “The current proposal by politicians to have bio-energy supply 23%, sometimes even 30% of our overall energy supply is entirely illusionary,” said Bernhard Schink, one of three coordinators of the study and professor of microbial ecology at the University of Konstanz. The Leopoldina scientists think the only reasonable scenario for the use of bio-energy is through the recovery of waste, not only in agricultural areas, but also in towns and cities – that is, the production of bio-gas from materials that would otherwise have ended up in landfills. Not surprisingly, the study has been strongly criticized by the bioenergy industry.

Energy Live News says Europe’s biofuel use has slowed massively in 4 years. EurObserv’ER suggests the slowdown is due to the EU’s attention shifting to setting up systems to make sure the biofuel used in all EU countries complies with sustainability criteria set out in the Renewable Energy Directive.

The US and Australian navies will be exploring the use of biofuels we learn from UPI. Biofuel is a clean-burning combustible product that has no petroleum element. The two countries have signed an agreement to explore the increased use of e blended biofuels in their navies. Australia will focus on how the U.S. Navy adapts to a general use of 50/50 blended biofuel by 2020. Biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel in any percentage. Blends from 2% to 20% can be used in most diesel equipment with no, or minor, modifications.

Supply Management tells us South African Airways aims for 50% biofuel by 2020. The African airline is moving towards biofuel hoping to avoid financial penalties for carbon emissions imposed by the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme which requires all airlines flying through EU airspace to pay 15% of their polluting carbon emissions for 2012.

Cuba has its first test drive of a biofuel vehicle says Caribbean 360. Cuba has successfully tested vehicle biofuel, using it to drive a 1007 Toyota Hilux 1,500 kilometres (930 miles). The biofuel. produced by a new factory in Guantanamo province, was mixed in a 70-30 ratio with diesel. The biodiesel was produced using the oil of Jatropha curcas, an inedible flowering plant. The jatropha plant can be cultivated in areas of low or no agricultural value and has the advantage in that it does not compete for food uses unlike sugar cane or corn.

Construction has begun on a new wood pellet plant in Virginia reports tidewaternews. Enviva, the world’s largest producer of solid biomass fuels, is building the plant in Southampton County. When completed in 18 months, it will produce 500,000 metric tons of wood pellets annually to be exported to European electric power plants to replace coal.

Canada’s province of Quebec will have a biomethane program reports CBC. The program will take organic matter from landfills to produce biomethane gas. The gas will be sold to Gaz Metro, a natural gas distributor that serves about 300 municipalities in Quebec and the neighbouring US state of Vermont.

Market Watch says the US state of Alaska has its first landfill gas to energy project. Located on a joint U.S. Army and Air Force base in Anchorag, the project will provide approximately half of the base’s 13 MW of peak electrical demand.

Landfill gas will be converted to electricity in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania says Public Opinion. Construction is under way at the IESI Blue Ridge Landfill in Greene Township. The 6 MW plant is expected to provide about 15% of Chambersburg’s electricity needs starting in January. The municipality will be the sole purchaser of electricity produced by the landfill power plant and expects to save about 14% on the price it currently pays for electricity. The landfill has about a 30 year supply of methane.

The US state of Rhode Island is going to turn sewage into electricity says Boston.com. The city of Woonsocket has entered into a 10 year agreement to purchase electricity from Synagro Technologies. The company will use the heat from its sludge-burning plant to turn turbines to generate electric power. The energy will be used to power the incinerator and surplus will be sold back to the city at the lowest available commercial rate.

Gresham, Oregon will be the first city in the state to to feed restaurant grease into its wastewater treatment plant’s solid waste treatment system, producing enough methane gas to generate electricity to power the entire plant. Oregon Live says that currently grease goes to the landfill and extra methane gas is burned off. Wastewater treatment plants are municipalities’ largest energy consumers, making up about 5% of Oregon electricity use.

 

 

 

 

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