Plasco Energy Group Inc. has agreed to build a 150,000 tonnes per year gasification waste-to-energy plant in the Canadian city of Ottawa. CBC reports the company will divert 300 tons a day of residential waste from landfills and use it to produce 15 MW of electricity. The electricity will be sold to the grid. The 20 year agreement between Plasco and the city allows for an additional 20 years, in four five-year extensions.  This will be one of the world’s first commercial plasma gasification plants. Gasification produces no emissions. Construction is expected to commence in the second half of 2013 with commercial operation planned for the first half of 2015. See also Waste Management World 150,000 TPA Plasma Arc Gasification Waste to Energy Plant for Ottawa.  The process breaks down garbage, gasifies the waste and refines the resulting gas using plasma technology. Clean, synthetic gas created from the waste fuels powers a steam turbine to generate electricity.  Residual solids are refined using plasma to produce slag which meets requirements for a range of applications, including construction aggregates and abrasives.

Minnesota Public Radio reports construction on an anaerobic digester has begun in the city of La Sueur.  The plant, located in the southwest portion of the US state, will convert agricultural and food processing waste into 8 MW of electricity for the city’s power grid.

The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association has published a “roadmap” for anaerobic digestion (AD) in that country according to Renewable Energy Magazine. The paper discusses barriers which remain to the technology and how these can be overcome. AD already generates four times more energy than solar PV in the UK, and has the capacity for 800% growth by 2020. There are currently 92 AD plants  in the UK, compared to 69 a year ago. You can read the “roadmap” here.

The US Virgin Islands is using grass to create energy posts FierceEnergy. The US protectorate has approved 6 MW anaerobic power plant as the source of continuously renewable green energy fuel. The facility will use Giant King Grass and converting it to biofuel for generating electricity. Giant King Grass is a fast-growing, high yield grass that is neither genetically modified nor invasive. It does not compete with other crops, is similar to sugar cane, and uses high-nutrient fertilizer water which will not deplete the soil.

Medications are being turned into energy in York County, Pennsylvania in the US. witf says citizens can take their medications to 9 participating police departments, where they’ll be securely locked. They then are taken by police officers to the county’s waste-to-energy facility, where the meds will be crushed into ash and used to generate electricity.

Energy Business Review tells us Paradigm BioAviation plans to set up a waste conversion facility in Bloomington, Illinois to produce bioenergy and alternative aviation fuels. Construction of the facility is to begin in 2014 and is expected to be operating by 2015. The plan is use municiple solid waste to generate 5 MWh of electricity and 8 million gallons of biofuels for the transportation and aviation industries by 2017.

The Otago Daily times mentions that New Zealand is looking at using wilding pine trees to produce biofuel. The New Zealand government and local municipalities are studying the feasibility of collecting and processing waste wood into wood pellets or wood chips for the local market.

BiofuelsDigest has a report on the use of biofuels across Asia. “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil & gas production, rising energy demand and supportive government policy come together — and that is Asia….But without a doubt, biofuels are on the rise throughout Asia. Here’s our special report as of the end of 2012.”

The Charleston Regional Business Journal has a post on the wood pellet industry in the US state of South Carolina. The state is joining several other southern US states in the export of wood pellets to Europe to replace coal in the production of electricity. The US is currently the largest exporter of wood pellets in the world.  One pellet plant is currently ramping up production and another plant about to be built. When both facilities are operating, South Carolina will have the capacity to produce about 700,000 tons of pellets annually. Lowcountry Biomass will increase its production t0 200,000 tons in 2013 and Enova Energy Group will have a 500,000 ton plant in operation by 2014. The major source of feedstock for pellets is saw mill residue. The wood fiber material is dried and then pressed through a die, producing pellets 6 to 8 millimeters long.

In Germany Vereinigte BioEnergie AG is supplying 105 natural gas refueling stations with 100% biomethane reports NGV Global News. The biofuel is made exclusively from agricultural residues such as straw. It has the same chemical composition as fossil natural gas, it can be safely used in all natural gas vehicles. Presently about 20% of the German natural gas transportation market is running on biomethane.

The same source tells us biomethane from agricultural waste is also powering automobiles in Sweden. The renewable biogas is produced from manure from local farms, slaughterhouse waste, grass and other organic waste.

Information Nigeria writes about Sweden: The Country That Imports Wastes To Generate Power.

The Enumclaw Courier Herald promotes biomass as a good source of renewable energy for the US state of Washington and Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production says biomass is the fuel of the future.

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1 Comment on Waste to Energy News

  1. Micheal Lascelles says:

    hey! germany’s going to be fossil fuel free (virtually) in less than 40 years!

    neat eh?