Fact of the Day: Waste Management, the largest recycler and landfill owner in the US, produces more renewable energy than the entire US solar industry.

Mexico thinks it has a big future with bioenergy says Biomass Magazine. A report from the Ministry of Energy entitled “Prospects for Renewable Energy 2012-2016,” provides information on the potential for biomass, wind, solar, photovoltaic, geothermal and hydropower in Mexico. According to the report, biomass (particularly landfills and livestock waste) could provide 1.5 GW of energy.

The Central American country of Costa Rica will be using used cooking oil to power transportation reports The Costarican Times. Leftover cooking oil collected from sodas, restaurants and households will supply feedstock for biodiesel vehicles in San Rafael de Heredia. The project will commence in January 2013, when three local fleet vehicles begin to drive with biodiesel.

Dupont has started construction on one of the first and largest commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world at Nevada, Iowa in the US. environmentalLEADER says the company will turn corn stalks and leaves into 30 million gallons of biofuel a year when the facility opens in 2014. DuPont will contract with more than 500 local farmers to gather, store and deliver over 375,000 dry tons of corn stover per year. The fuel has the ability to substitute for coal in the production of electricity.

Nature notes Brazil’s ethanol policy is failing as the South American country struggles to maintain its production of biofuel from sugar cane. “Domestic consumption of liquid ethanol this year has been 26% lower than for the same period in 2008. Forty-one of the country’s roughly 400 sugar-cane ethanol plants have closed over that time. The price of pure ethanol at the pump is so high that in most states it is cheaper to fill up flexible-fuel cars with petrol blends that contain about 20% ethanol. The shift back to fossil fuels, combined with rapid growth in the number of cars on the roads (see ‘Fuelling Brazil’s transport boom’), has worsened city smog and caused emissions in the transport sector to rise rapidly.” Bad sugar cane harvests coupled with changing government policies that favoured petrol and diesel over ethanol have combined to reduce the percentage of ethanol in transportation fuels. Industry analysts say ethanol is likely to remain scarce and expensive for the next two years.

A dairy in the US state of Indiana is fueling cars and trucks we learn from NGV Global News. Anaerobic digestion at the dairy is converting cow manure into biomethane which is piped to a Clean Energy Fuels compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station for the dairy’s truck and other CNG vehicles. See also Cow Manure Powers AMP Milk Trucks at the environmentalLEADER.

AlertNet writes about Turning waste to energy in China. The post tells how biogas is improving living conditions in rural China by replacing wood fires as a healthier and cleaner energy source. Produced from organic waste such as dead plant and animal material, or human and animal waste, this methane-based gas is used for lighting and cooking and reduces deforestation.

Bloomberg reports the Asian Development Bank has agreed to provide China Everbright International Ltd. with up to $200 million for agriculture waste to energy projects in China. The projects are expected to consume 7,300 tons of waste each day, generating about 1,240 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually by 2016. China expects to install agricultural waste-to-energy capacity of up to 8 GW by 2015. See also Biomass Magazine Chinese company to install 8 GW of waste-to-energy capacity.

Bristol, England has opened a food waste to energy plant records This is Bristol. Using anaerobic digestion the Wessex Water plant will treat 40,000 tonnes of food waste from homes, supermarkets and businesses each year and generate enough electricity to power 3000 homes.

Methane from a landfill in the US state of North Carolina will be producing electricity posts renewablesbiz. Currently the methane gas is flared but plans are underway for the county to make an annual income off its landfill by selling the gas to a local electrical utility.

PACE explains how anaerobic digestion works.



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