The New York Times writes about India’s failure to capitalize on the waste-to-energy movement. “One problem is the nature of trash in the poorer nations of Asia: it is soggier than that of Europe, the United States or Japan and doesn’t easily catch fire…As a result, urban waste in the developed world is embedded with 10 megajoules of power per ton, while that of countries like India contains just 7.3 megajoules.” Other barriers include things like bureaucracy and corruption and lack of investment incentives.  As a result India is falling behind other developing countries in using their huge garbage piles as a productive and profitable energy resource. China, for example, expects to produce three GW of power from city waste-to-energy factories by 2015.

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production says a biomass will heat a town in Finland. Starting later this year, the 8 MW heating plant will be powered by peat and forest residue sourced locally to Leppavirta, a town of about 10,000 inhabitants in eastern Finland.

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia will be getting a biomass to electricity and biofuel plant in 2014 reports the Cape Breton Post. The facility, to be located in Sydney, will produce 50,000-megawatt hours of electrical power annually for the local community or about 20% of the local demand. The plant will use a gasification method to produce both syngas and methane gas. In one part of the plant, stemwood and willow will be used as feedstock to produce syngas while in another area, food wastes will be used with agricultural wastes as feedstock in an anaerobic digestion system to produce methane gas. The two types of gas will be combined to generate the electrical power. Leftover methane will be available for sale to vehicles like school buses and delivery trucks for which conversion kits will also be available.

A biomass-solar hyrbrid plant has begun operating in Spain reports Biomass Magazine. The unique 22.5 MW hybrid biomass-thermosolar power plant is located in Les Borges Blanques. The facility combines solar power generation and biomass-fired power generation in a way that allows for continuous electrical production as the biomass production kicks in when the Sun is not shining. The biomass includes forestry waste, energy crops and agricultural residues.

Bioenergy Insight informs us that Poland will have a new biomass to energy plant in 2014.  Located in Winsko, in south west Poland, the 30 MW facility is to be fired with straw.

The Port of Tyne in North East England is being expanded for the handling wood pellets according to NewEnergyWorldNetwork. Already the largest handler of wood pellets in Europe, the port and rail infrastructure will be expanded, as will existing storage locations. Wood pellets, imported from North America and Russia, are replacing coal in Europe for the production of electricity.

Food waste is being converted into biogas in Monterey, California. (video) The Monterey County Herald tells us the food waste is collected from local hotels, restaurants and universities. The plant, which will be able to handle about 5,000 tons of waste a year, should produce enough power to sell 100 kilowatts of electricity daily to the nearby wastewater treatment plant operated by the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency. This plant will be the first of its kind operating in California when it starts up next month. There are currently more than 30 in planning stages in California, and a few under construction in San Jose, South San Francisco and Oxnard.

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