FirstEnergy Stadium in the US city of Cleveland, Ohio is providing food to generate electricity according to Resilience. The home of the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns will divert an estimated 35 tons of stadium food waste from landfills into biodigesters for conversion into heat and electricity. The food wastes is ground into a slurry and transported to an anaerobic digestion facility where it is converted to energy. The process will generate enough electricity for a single family for a full year, produce enough natural gas to heat 32 homes for a month and recover enough nutrients to fertilize three football fields of crops. Observers are hopeful the model at FirstEnergy Stadium will be replicated at stadiums, arenas, and other large venues with high levels of food waste across the country.
Sustainable Business tells us the US state of Massachusetts has banned commercial operations from sending food waste to landfills. As of October this year, the food waste must be sent to a biogas facility where it will be converted into energy or compost. Biogas is an organic form of natural gas made from food and other organic waste from landfills, dairies and sewage treatment plants and can be used as fuel for transportation, to generate electricity, and to heat and cool buildings. The ban affects some 1700 businesses and institutions, including supermarkets, colleges, universities, hotels, convention centers, hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and food service and processing companies. Food waste makes up about 25% of the state’s waste stream. Massachusetts’ goal is to reduce its total waste 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
In the US state of Missouri hog manure will be converted into energy. The St. Louis Post Dispatch says a biogas project near the town of Princeton will create biogas from the manure from hogs on Murphy-Brown finishing farms in the state.
Murphy-Brown will scrape manure into existing lagoons that will be covered to reduce odors and control water flow into them. There, the waste will decompose and produce gas. Alternative fuel equipment will harvest and commercialize the biogas.
FoodBev reports that a food waste to energy plant has opened in the UK. The anaerobic digestion plant at Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate in northeast England will generate enough energy to power 2,000 homes every year. The plant will process 50,000 tonnes of leftover food from businesses across the region annually.
In the German city of Berlin household garbage is producing biogas and compost. NGV Global News reports the biogas is used to fuel a waste management company’s fleet of 150 natural gas powered refuse vehicles. Effectively, this means approximately half of Berlin’s total waste is collected by carbon-neutral trucks. The biogas plant, located in Spandau-Ruhleben, has the potential to produce up to 4.4 million m3 of biomethane, and there by replacing 2.5 million liters of diesel fuel.
The Denver Post lets us know about several projects in the US state of Colorado which are converting biomass to energy. Environmentalists are hoping the wood chips will both reduce forest fires in the state and reduce CO2 emissions by replacing coal.
Bloomberg lets us know about efforts in the UK to produce energy from waste cooking oil. The plant in Yorkshire, England will have a capacity to generate of 18 MW of electricity from recycled waste cooking oil. The plant is expected to become operational during the second half of 2014.
Business World ONLINE says a 20 MW biomass project in the Philippine’s province of Isabela is expected to be operational in 2015. Isabela Biomass Corp., formed by a consortium of 6 rice millers, will get its feedstock from the millers. Under a government mandated feed-in-tariff, the millers will be paid a fixed amount per year for 20 years to produce electricity. The multi-fueled biomass power plant will deliver grid connected. renewable energy power using biomass resources such as agricultural crop and food processing wastes.
The Economic Times tells us a new technology can produce biofuel from waste. A process developed by chemists at the University of California in the US can produce gasoline from farm and forestry waste. This is the first time biogasoline has been created from renewable sources. Until now, only biodiesel has been possible. The feedstock for the new process is levulinic acid, which can be produced by chemical processing of materials such as straw, corn stalks or even municipal green waste. Because the process does not rely on fermentation, the cellulose does not have to be converted to sugars first.
NVG Global News informs us the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is investing in renewable gas provider OrangeGas to support the latter’’s plans to open seven new fueling stations in and around the city to enable vehicles to operate on carbon-neutral biomethane. This renewable biogas is produced from organic waste and sewage sludge in the Netherlands. Construction of the new stations will commence this year, with at least six of the seven sites along main access roads to the city planned to be operational by year end. Orangegas already operates four biomethane filling stations in the Amsterdam region.