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Duck waste is generating electricity in the US state of Vermont we learn from Goshen News. Duck processing company, Culver Duck, converts the methane from duck waste (offal) and combines it with vegetable by-products in an anaerobic digester to create a methane gas. The methane gas is then used to run three 550 hp generators to power the company’s plant as well as some 60 to 120 homes. Culver believes it is the only plant in the Western Hemisphere that is transforming duck offal into energy.

greener ideal tells us about The Weirdest Sources Of Biofuel. For most people the main sources for biofuels are corn, sugarcane, wheat, barely, potatoes, palm oil, canola and soya beans. But this post has found a few more sources. How about human liposuction fat, wild rabbits, hemp and algae.

In the US state of Virginia, used grease is being turned into biofuel reports Work it, Lynchburg. The grease is picked up from local restaurants and food service businesses in the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas, refined, and then sold to local biodiesel manufacturers. The process removes used cooking oil from going to landfills. See also Bedford Bulletin, Bedford business recycles cooking oil from restaurants.

Neste Oil, a biofuel supplier that produces premium-quality renewable biodiesel on an industrial scale, is now using tall oil pitch to produce biodiesel for Finland’s transportation industry. Tall oil pitch is a liquid residue from the wood pulp industry and Neste is the first to use it as a feedstock in the biofuel production process. Tall oil refiners in Finland produce around 100,000 tons of by-product tall oil pitch annually.

19 tour buses in the Canadian city of Victoria are running on cooking oil according to Troy MEDIA. The Cowichan Biodiesel Cooperative sells 150,000 litres a year of B100 biodiesel to local customers, a bus touring company in Victoria and soon enough, the local county. Made from used vegetable oil, the biodiesel can be put into almost any diesel engine. The waste cooking oil comes from local restaurants, local citizens and from the 220 cruise ships that dock in Victoria every year.

brewery recently became the first company to inject biogas into the UK national grid. Adnam’s Bio Energy is the first bioenergy plant of its kind in the UK to inject green biogas into the grid, producing biomethane from food and brewery waste. The anaerobic digestion plant is supplying over one million cubic meters of biomethane to the grid each year. Anaerobic digestion is a process where microbes break down food waste material to release energy. At the end of the process biomethane and a natural liquid fertiliser are produced. Adnam’s plant can take up to 25,000 tonnes of food per year converting it to 1.2 million cubic metres of biogas.

Human waste is generating heat and electricity in the US city of Danville, Illinois reports The News-Gazette.. Sludge that comes into the city’s waste water treatment facility from residences and businesses is converted, by an anaerobic digester, into methane gas which previously was flared off into the atmosphere. The  gas is used to produce as much as 150 kilowatt-hours of electricity or enough to power more than 120 Illinois residences per year. It also produces heated water for building heat and heat for the anaerobic digesters.

Bio-LNG is powering trucks in the UK we learn from E2B pulse. The bio-LNG (bio liquid natural gas) is a blend of liquefied natural gas and liquid biomethane  – a natural, clean source of renewable energy produced from organic matter such as household food waste and sewage. The trucks are owned by UK supermarket giant, Tesco, the country’s largest retailer.

DOMESTIC FUEL says bio-ethanol is the car fuel of the future. Unlike ethanol, which is produced from corn or sugarcane, bioethanol is produced through the fermentation of cellulosic feedstock such as forest and agricultural waste. This includes crops such as switchgrass and miscanthus. The US is currently the largest producer of cellulosic ethanol and the only country currently working to promote the cellulosic ethanol market. A few commercial plants are expected to be commissioned in the US in late 2013.  Global cellulosic ethanol production is expected to increase from 14.25 million gallons in 2012 to 412.25 million gallons in 2020, with commercial production anticipated to take off on a large scale in late 2013 and 2014,

Green Car Congress has a post on the first commercial production plant in Brazil to convert sugar cane waste (bagasse) to cellulosic bioethanol. A joint venture of UK-based TMO Renewables (TMO) and Brazil’s Usina Santa Maria Ltd., the bioethanol will primarily be used to power Flex-Fuel vehicles in the Brazilian market. The plant is expected to be operating by 2014.







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