A new report from Research and Markets called Worldwide Waste to Energy Report – Incineration Plants informs us: “Throughout the world, there are almost 2,200 waste-to-energy plants. They have a disposal capacity of about 255 million tons of waste per year. By 2017, approximately about 180 plants with a capacity of around 52 million annual tons will be additionally constructed.”
Eco-Business says waste-to-energy is getting more popular in Africa. Biomass power plant builder DP CleanTech has announced that it will be involved in projects in several countries including Ethiopia, Djibouti, Senegal, Uganda and Kenya. The first project is a waste-to-energy power plant for the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation in Addis Ababa. The plant will be located adjacent to Ethiopia’s largest landfill site – the Reppie Landfill – and will process the garbage brought to the site to produce electricity.
Pallet Enterprise looks at the demand and supply of US produced woody biomass over the next year. The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) expects 120,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per day of electricity to be generated from woody biomass in the US in 2014 and 123,000 MWh per day in 2015. This is a 27% increase over 2013. Out of 80.9 million green tons (MGT) of wood expected to be consumed by viable projects, wood pellet production is expected to hold the largest share at 34.2 MGT, most of which is expected to be exported to the UK and other parts of Europe. US wood pellets are mostly used for domestic heating and for electricity generation in Europe. Exports of wood pellets to Europe which has more than doubled since 2011. Total wood pellet exports are expected to triple between 2013 and 2018.
Speaking of wood pellets, the Canadian province of Nova Scotia is exporting its first shipment of pellets to Europe reports The Chronicle Herald. Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Ltd , which makes high energy wood pellets from wood chips and other wood biomass, is sending 25,000 tonnes of wood pellets to Europe this week. The pellets will be used by European electrical utilities that are substituting away from coal to lower their CO2 emissions.
From BIOMASS Magazine we learn there are currently 782 operational landfill gas power projects in the US with a combined capacity of 1.8 GW and 8.4 million cubic meters per day of biomethane for direct use. There are also 34 farm-based utility-scale anaerobic digestion plants operating (each with an electrical generating capacity of 1 MW or more) and 224 farm-based small-scale plants (each with a capacity of less than 1 MW). Approximately 230 MW of biomass-to-power was commissioned last year in the US, making 2013 the most successful in terms of new capacity since 2009. You can learn more about the US biomass and biogas market here.
CLEVELAND BUSINESS writes about anerobic digestion or How your leftovers can fuel trucks and power homes.
The New Hope Dairy in the town of Galt, California in the US is generating electricity from the manure of dairy cows reports FoxNews40. Using an anaeobic digester, the methane from 1500 cows is powering 250 homes. The remaining manure is used as organic compost and leftover water is be used to irrigate crops.
DAIRYHERD NETWORK informs us in the US state of Vermont a ski resort is run on cow power. (with video) Killington Ski Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in the eastern US, uses the manure from local dairy farms to provide electricity for its gondola and lodge.
From the West African county of Ghana we find Sekaf Ghana Limited, a producer of TAMA natural cosmetics, is to build a facility to convert waste bi-products of shea butter into natural gas. It will use the natural gas as a substitute for wood to process shea butter into natural cosmetics. The gas will also be used to produce fertilizer to serve the local agricultural industry. Shea butter is an off-white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree.
Waste Management World tells us whiskey waste is going to produce energy in Scotland. The 3.5 MW digester will use waste from the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown to produce biogas. The biogas will either be cleaned and injected into the national gas network, or processed by a number of gas engines to generate electricity, which will be exported via the National Grid. The facility will also provide heat and steam for the distillery processes on site, while residues from the digesters will be exported for use as animal feed/fertiliser.