Stagecoach buses in Scotland are switching to B30 biofuel says TheGreenCar. 530 buses and coaches in East Scotland area and almost 400 vehicles vehicles operating as part of the company’s West Scotland business area are now using B30 fuel-a fuel blend consisting of 30% biofuel and 70% standard diesel.

care2 tells us Campbell’s Soup Company is turning soup into energy. The American company is working with CH4 Biogas to capture organic material from its food production process and turn it into biogas. The company plans to divert food waste from landfills and divert it to electricity at a new biogas power plant in Napoleon, Ohio. The biogas plant will be across the street from Campbell’s food plant. When fully operational, it will accept between 30% and 50% of the food waste, in addition to organic material from area food processors, waste recyclers and local dairy farms. The electricity produced will replace 25% of the power now being obtained from the local grid.

New Energy Fuel tells us about algae being pumped into cars in the US state of California. Last week Propel Fuels (a retailer of renewable fuels in Redwood City, San Jose, Berkeley, and Oakland) began selling algae-derived B20 diesel fuel on a pilot basis. The product is called Soladiesel®BD that has 20% algae based biodiesel combined with regular diesel fuel.  The fuel will be sold at the same price as conventional diesel fuels. The product is compatible with existing diesel engines. The biofuel is manufactured by Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company that transforms a range of low-cost plant-based sugars into high-value oils. The company’s process converts plant sugars into oils by feeding the sugars to microalgae in standard industrial fermentation equipment. The algae consume the sugars and convert them into oils rapidly and efficiently taking only a few days.

CleanBiz Asia says the global biogas market will double in size over the next decade. Pike Research forecasts the global commercial biogas market will more than double in the next ten years to 29.5-GW. Sometimes referred to as biomethane, waste gas, or renewable gas, biogas is created from the anaerobic digestion of organic materials and can be used to produce heat, electricity or transportation fuels. Raw biogas captured from landfills and anaerobic digesters is widely utilized today across the globe as a fuel for electricity and heat generation. Upgraded biogas – biomethane or renewable natural gas – is a newer alternative and is being injected into traditional natural gas heating processes as well as being used as a transportation fuel in the form of liquefied natural gas.

Sweden is taking other country’s waste and converting it into heat and electricity we learn from redOrbit. The Scandinavian country imports 800,000 tons of trash from its European neighbors and converts it into heat for commercial and residential buildings and electricity for 250,000 homes.

A recent report from Deloitte says biomass could be an important part of the UK’s renewable future according to TheBioernergySite. ‘Knock on wood: is biomass the answer to 2020?’ suggests biomass could play a significant role in meeting UK renewable energy targets including energy security and meeting greenhouse gas emissions requirements. The UK is legally committed to sourcing 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Electricity from biomass could potentially contribute up to 21% of this total. Deloitte suggests biomass could comfortably go beyond this figure through further conversions of coal-fired plants, many of which are currently set for closure by the end of 2015 under EU air quality regulations. You can access the report here.

Biomass Magazine reports More U.S. Households Turning to Wood and Pellets for Heat.

Waste Management World tells us about a plant in North Wales in the UK that will turn waste food into renewable electricity and bio-fertiliser for nearby farms. The food waste-to-energy facility will be constructed at St Asaph. The anaerobic digestion (AD) plant will process 22,500 tonnes of food waste each year to generate over 1 MW of renewable electricity for the grid and a bio-fertiliser for nearby farmland. The electricity generated will power 1,500 homes continually for a year. The food waste will be collected from local households and food manufacturers, retailers and caterers.  It is anticipated the plant will be operating by early 2014. Meanwhile another food waste to biogas plant is under construction in Llwyn Isaf, Wales reports the same source. The AD will process food waste from local households and businesses to produce renewable electricity for the national grid and 9000 tonnes each year of biofertiliser for farmland.

Waste will be generating renewable electricity in Freemont, Michigan writes Waste Management World. A 100,000 ton per year (91,000 tonne per year) anaerobic digestion facility has been opened which will process organic wastes including industrial, agricultural and food wastes into biogas for the production of 3 MW of electricity. The electricity will be sold to the electric utility, Consumers Energy, under a long-term contract. It is believed this is the first large-scale anaerobic digester in the US that will take organic waste from multiple waste streams, including food processing wastes as well as agricultural wastes.

A new combined heat and biomass power plant is up and running in Goch, Germany we hear from BioEnergy Insight. The plant has a capacity to produce 7.6 MW of electricity and 28 MW of heat. Used landscaping wood is the feedstock. The nearby Nähr -Engel food production facility will purchase about 130,000 tonnes of process heat a year, while any surplus will go towards generating electricity for up to 11,000 residential homes in the area.



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