Waste360 says the global waste to energy market will reach $30 billion by 2018. A report by Transparency Market Research finds this growth is being driven by a global demand for clean sources for heat and electricity.

In New company will convert dairy waste to electricity we learn that a plant is under construction in Turtle Lake in the US State of Wisconsin. to do just that. Using an anaeribic digester, the facility will convert food and dairy byproducts to power. WEAU says the food waste will come from several cheese factories and food plants within a 60 mile radius and will produce 3.2 MW of electricity, enough to operate 3000 homes. See also Future Tech, Whey cool: Dairy waste turned into electricity.

Cows are powering trucks in the US state of Indiana reports the New York Times. A farm in the town of Fair Oaks is converting cow manure to natural gas which is then used as fuel for a fleet of 42 delivery trucks. The US Energy Dept. says this is the largest natural gas fleet in the country using agricultural waste. This replaces the equivalent of 2 million gallons of diesel each year. The natural gas is also used to generate electricity for the farm which is used to power 10 barns, a cheese factory, a cafe, a gift shop and a 4D movie theater. Others think this farm could be start of a new era for farm waste:

“You’re essentially harvesting manure,” said Erin Fitzgerald, a senior vice president at the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, who says that farmers across the country are starting to think about whether the model tried at Fair Oaks will work for them. “It’s not glamorous. It doesn’t really catch your eye like wind and solar.

Dennis Smith, director of the Clean Cities program for the federal Department of Energy, said about 8,000 large-scale dairy and swine farms across the country could potentially support similar biogas recovery projects. When coupled with landfills and wastewater treatment plants, he said, there is potential to someday replace as much as 10 billion gallons of gasoline annually with renewable fuel.

In Europe horsemeat lasagne is being turned into energy we hear from Worldcrunch. The horsemeat scandal in Europe led many food stores to ship the products to companies that make money converting food waste into electricity and biogas.  The post mentions firms in Germany and Sweden that are doing this with the newly discovered horsemeat products.

Renewable Energy Magazine notes that there are now 100 anaerobic digestion facilities operating in the UK. The 106 AD plants outside of the water industry, process up to 5.1 million tonnes of food and farm waste every year with an installed electrical capacity of more than 88 MW. There are also more than a dozen other plants currently under construction.

Nearly half of the AD plants currently in operation are ‘community’ digesters, where food waste is collected from multiple sources, like supermarkets, hospitality providers and households, to be converted into heat, power and fertiliser.A further thirty per cent use ‘agricultural’ feedstocks, like slurry, manure, crops or residues. The remaining digesters are ‘industrial’ sites treating on-site waste such as brewery effluent and food processing residues.

YourOttawaRegion suggests that the economics of garbage to energy projects may not work for rural areas. “ Rural municipalities, even if they band together, may not produce enough trash to make waste recycling viable.” The post looks at a waste to energy project in the Canadian province of Alberta which drew upon nine rural municipalities. However, the communities found they could not generate enough waste to make the project profitable. In addition, the long distance trucking of the waste offset any greenhouse gas emissions savings. The participants concluded that for a project like this to work in rural areas it would need a substantial number of communities located close together.

GMA writes about how the Philippines is turning trash into energy. The country is a beneficiary of a United Nations program whereby industrialized countries can meet their Kyoto Protocol commitments to cut greenhouse gas output by funding projects that reduce emissions in developing nations. Companies in the Philippines can earn credits for reducing emissions, each equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide. The credits are then sold to companies, institutions or governments in industrialized countries to offset their emissions. This includes waste to energy projects in the capital city of Manila where methane gas from landfills is generating electricity for the local population.

abc27 tells us the US city of Chambersberg, Pennsylvania is turning its waste into power. Methane from a local landfill is now generating enough electricity to supply 15% of the community’s needs.

A combined heat and power facility is under construction in Cardiff, WalesWaste Management World says the UK facility will process 350,000 tonnes of waste each year and provide 30 MW of electricity and 20 MW of heat when it comes on-stream in 2015.


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