CleanBiz Asia tells us later this year British pilot Jeremy Rowsell plans to fly from Sydney, Australia to London, England in a single engine Cessna using a fuel made from “end of life” plastic. The experimental fuel is made by melting plastic waste in an oxygen-free environment; a process known as pyrolysis. The distillate can be separated into different fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene, which have low sulfur and high cetane qualities. It is being produced by Irish company Cynar Plc,  which believes there is a seemingly endless supply of waste plastic globally to produce this fuel. Currently its process can produce up to 19,000 liters of fuel from 20 tonnes of plastic waste.

Azocleantech reports that biomethane from a landfill will power natural gas vehicles in the US. Landfill gas is a natural byproduct of decomposition. Recovered gas from the North Shelby Landfill in Millington, Tennessee will be used by Republic Services to fuel its increasing number of natural gas-powered vehicles. The North Shelby Landfill plant, to start operation next year,  is expected to produce renewable natural gas fuel equivalent to around 4 million gallons of diesel fuel, every year.

From heraldonline we learn about Biofuel Consumption: Global Industry Guide. This report summarizes the current state of the biofuel market. We learn global biofuel consumption  grew by 7.3% in 2011 to reach a volume of 713.8 million barrels. In 2016, this market is forecast to have a volume of 1,266.7 million barrels, an increase of 77.5% over 2011. Bioethanol is the largest segment of the global biofuel consumption market, accounting for 78.4% of total biofuel volume. The US accounts for 74.2% of total global biofuel market value.

Serbia will cut excise duties on fuels partly produced with biofuel to stimulate the use of renewable energy sources says Bloomberg.

Seeking Alpha gives us Part II of The Economics Of Syngas-To-Liquids. You can read Part 1 here.

IPS tells us about a biomass plant in rural Senegal in West Africa. A new power plant in the eastern Senegalese village of Kalom, powered by agricultural waste, is generating electricity for the first time for the 1,300 residents of the community. The 32 kW generator uses groundnut shells and dried millet stalks for fuel.

PilotOnline informs us that a wood pellet storage facility for export is being planned for Portsmouth, Virginia in the US. The complex will serve as an export facility for wood pellets manufactured at off-site locations and railed or trucked to the port. The pellets will most likely be exported to Europe to replace coal in coal-fired power plants.

seattlepi mentions that a new waste to energy facility in Portland, Oregon will convert food waste from the surrounding area into renewable energy, water and naturally derived fertilizer. Food waste from grocery stores, restaurants, food distributors as well as food and beverage manufacturers will provide the input. An anaerobic digester will decompose the organic matter to produce methane-rich biogas, an alternative to natural gas. The facility is expected to initially generate 3 MW of electrical power to be sold to the grid.

US food retailer Whole Foods is using recycled cooking oil to power one of its plants reports Waste & Recycling News. The firm is taking old canola cooking oil from the facility’s industrial fryers and using it to run a generator to provide nearly all the electricity for a building in Massachusetts. Whole Foods believes this is the first waste-vegetable-to-energy system being used to power a commercial food facility in the U.S.

Pontotoc360 says electricity is now being generated from a landfill in Pontotoc, Tennessee in the US. The landfill gas-to-energy project commenced this week with 1.2 MW of electricity being sent to the Tennessee Valley Authority power grid.

Haaretz notes that Israel is considering using landfills for its electricity needs.

A wastewater treatment plant in Austin, Texas in the US will soon be powered by raw sewage we learn from KXAN. Since the biogas generator will be able to produce 700 kW of electricity, which is more than the 500 kW needed to run the treatment plant, the leftover energy will be fed back into the power grid. The excess is enough to power 370 homes in Austin. An additional product at the wastewater treatment plant is dillo dirt which will be used as compost for gardening projects in the city.

In Aspen, Colorado the Aspen Skiing Company will be converting waste methane emitted from a local coal mine into electricity reports ifyouski. The 3 MW power generated will produce around 24 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually – the same amount as Aspen’s four ski areas use for their entire power needs each year running lifts, snowmaking and buildings. Aspen Skiing Company has partnered with the Elk Creek coal mine, Holy Cross Energy, and Vessels Coal Gas to use the waste methane.

The Poultry Site tells us Bernard Matthews, the UK’s largest turkey farmer and supplier, will be turning turkey waste into electricity and heat using anaerobic digestion. The resulting biogas will provide 16% of the company’s energy needs.

Der Spiegel posts the Biogas Boom in Germany Leads to Modern-Day Land Grab. Subsidies for the biogas industry have led to entire regions of Germany being covered in corn farming, driving up the cost of other farm products. Over the past four years, the average cost of leasing a hectare (2.5 acres) of farm land has skyrocketed from €250 ($315) to over €600 per year as food is being converted into electricity. An average-sized biogas facility requires 200 hectares of corn and the crop is now being grown on 810,000 hectares in Germany.  Feed corn has had to be imported to meet the needs of the large-scale chicken farms in Lower Saxony because its fields are now being used for what is known as “energy corn.” “…the ongoing run on fields is leading to a scarcity of land for farming and grazing, and crops like potatoes are getting more expensive. Now there are farms used for growing energy crops right next to ones used for raising livestock. Indeed, it’s become a duel between power lines and feed troughs.”

 

 

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