The Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection announced that it is investing 600 million shekels (about $165 million US) in the construction of recycling and waste-to-energy facilities over the next three years. The facilities will treat some 8,000 tons of waste per day, about two-thirds of the daily quantity of municipal waste which is generated in Israel. The waste is to be transformed into fertilizer and electricity for the nation’s grid.

Ottawa, Canada has approved a plasma gasification waste to energy plant reports the Ottawa Citizen.  The city has agreed to a long-term contract to have Plasco Energy Group dispose of municipal waste with its “plasma gasification” process. Under the 20 year deal, Plasco would take 300 tonnes of city garbage a day (about half of the non-recycled, non-composted garbage Ottawa produces now) and processes it into a burnable syngas, a left over solid called slag and water. The syngas will be used to generate electricity to be sold to the local power grid. Plasco expects its plant to be operational between 2014 and 2016.

Renewable Energy Magazine reports that the state of Michigan has opened a 3.2 MW landfill gas to electricity facility. DTE Biomass Energy has started operating the facility at the Smith’s Creek Landfill in the Kimball Township. The landfill is one of the first in the US whereby material extracted from septic tanks is applied to the landfill to speed the decomposition of organic waste. At peak, the facility will produce enough electricity to power about 3,000 homes.

Utility Products tells us that Bursa in northwest Turkey is working on a landfill gas to energy project.  The project will use the methane gas produced at a landfill in Bursa to produce 33.6 million kWh of electricity a year, enough to power 20,000 households.

The city of Glasgow, Scotland is building a plant to convert its municipal waste to energyy writes let’s recycle. The waste treatment facility, to be completed by 2015, will use anaerobic digestion to deliver heat and power for the local community. Private waste company Viridor, which will build and run the plant under a 25-year-deal, is to process 200,000 tonnes of municipal waste a year. The energy-from the facility will supply up to 103,000 MWh per year, which will provide power to around 16,000 to 22,000 homes in the city with renewable energy.

A county outside of Chicago will convert landfill gas to electricity. The methane gas produced by the landfill’s rotting garbage will be converted into electricity and sent to a power grid by ComEd. The plant will produce enough electricity to power 1,000 homes and about $440,000 in annual revenue for the county, which owns the landfill and hired Waste Management Renewable Energy to operate it.

Waste Management World says that a 10 MW waste to energy facility has been approved in Lancashire, England. The combined heat and power (CHP) facility, to be completed in 2012, will be the first of its kind in the UK. It will use sophisticated high-efficiency combustion technology with a steam generator and turbine, and use advanced filter systems to virtually eliminate emissions. The facility will use around 80,000 tonnes of recovered commercial waste material and will produce substantial heat that will be supplied to local commercial or industrial operations.

Bradford country, Pennsylvania, will have a 2 MW waste heat-to-power system posts NEWSOK.  The system will convert waste heat from a series of compressor engines into electricity. That power can be used on site or sold back into the electrical grid and provide power to 1600 homes. Construction is to begin in the first quarter of 2012.

Bioenergy Insight reports that Wiltshire, UK will have a biogas plant. The anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, to begin operation by mid-2012, will use commercial food waste, abattoir waste, spoiled non-woody crops and animal slurry to produce the gas. By the third quarter of next year, the plant is expected to take about 20,000 tonnes of food waste from nearby landfills each year, generating about 500 kW of electricity to the national grid and supplying energy to nine businesses due to be built on the site in 2013. It will also produce 15,000 tonnes of digestate, which can be used as agricultural fertiliser as an alternative to chemical fertilisers.

Fairbanks, Alaska, will be getting electricity from biomass pellets writes the Juneau Empire. A small recycling company is taking recycled cardboard, paper, and wood and converting it to biomass pellets to generate electricity. At least 5,000 tons of biomass pellets are required to fuel the generators each year.  Initially the plant will produce 300 kilowatt-hours of electricity before boosting its output to 500 kilowatt-hours. The electricity will be sold to the Golden Valley Electric Association. The Association is looking to get 20% of its power from renewable sources by 2014. Currently the Association relies on crude oil as its fuel.

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada will uses its landfill to generate electricity reports CBC News. The city has reached a deal with NB Power to sell power produced from methane gas to the utility. The gas is expected to produce 2.1 MW of renewable energy, which is enough power to heat and light about 2,000 homes. Over 20 years the city expects to earn $20 million in profit from selling the energy.  The energy willl start flowing in 2013.


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