US could turn to sewage for the sake of hydrogen fuel production

Fuel cell vehicles may soon be powered by hydrogen generated through the use of sewage The United States may soon turn to sewage to power a new generation of vehicles coming to the market. These vehicles are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The energy systems consume hydrogen to generate electricity, but do not produce harmful emissions. Fuel cells have become very popular among automakers looking to create environmentally friendly vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles are currently in short supply, which is partly due to lacking infrastructure. Producing hydrogen through the consumption…

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Biogas may be the future of hydrogen fuel production

Using biogas from sewage plants may lead to a brighter future for hydrogen fuel cells The future of fuel cell vehicles may hinge on the availability of biogas. The concept of using biogas to produce hydrogen fuel is nothing new, but many had been skeptical of the process. The process involves taking advantage of the biogas generated at sewage plants. Biogas is produced at these facilities through the breakdown of organic material. In Japan, using biogas to produce hydrogen fuel has become an exciting reality. Japanese sewage plant is using…

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Biogas plant in UK to run on cheese

A new anaerobic digestion plant in the UK will use cheese residue to generate clean power. Clearfleau will soon launch an anaerobic digestion plant to provide the UK’s gas grid with biomethane and will generate this biogas exclusively from cheese production residue. The facility, which is located in Cumbria, will use feedstock such as process rinses from the local Aspatria cheese creamery site, owned by dairy giant First Milk. The plant is expected to provide over three million pounds in cost savings and revenue. The facility in Cumbria, UK was…

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Plans revealed for world’s first enzymatic untreated waste-to-energy plant

The future UK W2E plant will use a special enzyme technology. Dong Energy UK has announced that it will begin work on its innovative waste-to-energy plant, to be located in Northwich, Cheshire, starting next month. The plant that is to be built will be a commercial, full-scale facility capable of producing biogas and recyclable materials from untreated municipal solid waste (ex. household waste); the first of its kind in the world. The company will be able to convert the untreated waste into green fuel using its REnescience enzyme technology. The…

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Mexico opens world’s first cactus-powered biogas plant

The biofuel made from the new plant will be used to power a vehicle fleet. Mexican company, NopaliMex, has successfully constructed the world’s first power plant that uses prickly pear cacti to make biogas. According to Nocticias MVS, the digester was designed to power the plant’s daily 8-ton production operations, as well as provide fuel for the vehicle fleet in the Mexican town of Zitacuaro, located in central Michoacan state, reported EcoWatch. The alternative fuel is expected to lower the use of gasoline by a minimum of 40%. The prickly…

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New partnership could benefit global waste to energy efforts

New process could enable anaerobic digestion facilities anywhere in the world to capture biogas and use it to produce renewable energy. BioHiTech America, a subsidiary of green technology company, BioHiTech Global Inc. (which provides an innovative data-driving solution for the disposal of food waste), has partnered with Natural Systems Utilities to test a waste to energy process that will enable BioHiTech’s food waste disposal system to digest, tank and deliver the effluent from its system to anaerobic digestion facilities around the globe, reported Biomass Magazine. BioHiTech’s energy from waste system…

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Power station in France generates clean energy produced by cheese

A by-product of Beaufort cheese is helping to generate clean electricity. A power station in Albertville, in Savoie, located in the French Alps, is generating clean energy from cheese. More specifically, bacteria are added to a by-product of Beaufort cheese known as skimmed whey. The bacteria mixed with the whey create a combination of carbon dioxide and methane, better known as biogas. The gas is used as fuel to heat water, which produces electricity and is sold to energy company EDF, reported The Telegraph. The power plant generates enough electricity…

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Combustion technology helps convert animal waste to energy

Two alternative energy companies have partnered with Smithfield Foods to produce renewable energy from pig manure. According to a recent press release, Roeslein Alternative Energy, St. Louis and Georgia-based ABUTEC (an acronym for Advanced Burner Technologies), have teamed up with Smithfield Foods Missouri for a waste to energy project that will involve converting the excessive amount of manure, which is produced from the nearly 2 million pigs that are housed there, into renewable energy. This will be achieved by trapping the biogas released from Smithfield’s manure lagoons and storing it…

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Green invention lets homeowners convert waste to energy

HomeBiogas has created a compact anaerobic digester that recycles organic waste into gas and fertilizer. Homeowners have the chance to transform their organic waste, such s food scraps (including meat and dairy) and pet manure, into cooking gas and liquid fertilizer, thanks to a waste to energy machine developed by Israel-based startup, HomeBiogas. HomeBiogas produces enough fuel to cook three daily meals. According to the HomeBiogas Indiegogo page, the anaerobic digester system “maintains a closed-loop eco-cycle.” The organic matter that is fed into the machine is broken down by microorganisms,…

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Chemical engineer creates zero-waste cleaning solution for biogas

The waste generated by renewable gas production can be transformed into fertilizer. Andrew White, a Canadian chemical engineer, has developed a product that he calls the SulfaCHAR system, which can convert the waste that results from producing biogas into fertilizer. According to White, his SulfaChar system removes chemical waste from the biogas process, which stops gas engines from becoming ruined by hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and also boosts a renewable gas facility’s profitability, reported Reuters. The decomposition process of the clean gas produces not so clean waste. While biogas can help…

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New York to lower 40,000 tons of GHG with waste to energy project

A $40 million anaerobic digester project is being built on Long Island, New York. According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the waste to energy (W2E) facility, involving anaerobic digestion, which is the first large-scale W2E project in New York City’s metro area, will decrease greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by an estimated 40,000 tons annually. The digester will be capable of processing nearly 16,000 tons of organic waste into natural gas. The project will be located at Long Island Compost’s 62-acre facility in Yaphank, New York. The digester will be…

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Global Biopower (By Technology – Biogas And Biomass) Industry 2015 – Market Segments, Size, Trend and Market Projections For Upcoming Years

“The Report Global Biopower (By Technology – Biogas And Biomass) Industry 2015 Market Research Report provides information on pricing, market analysis, shares, forecast, and company profiles for key industry participants. – MarketResearchReports.biz” The Global Biopower (By Technology – Biogas and Biomass) Industry 2015 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Biopower (By Technology – Biogas and Biomass) industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure.The Biopower (By Technology – Biogas and Biomass) market analysis is…

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PCS Giant King Grass biofuel could replace coal

PCS Biofules Inc. has converted Giant King Grass into environmentally friendly coal replacement. By using its patented Polymer Carbon Solid (PCS) thermal catalytic process, PCS Biofules Inc., the Vancouver, Canada-based company, has successfully transformed Giant King Grass into a high-energy, carbon neutral, “drop-in” replacement for coal. This breakthrough was announced by California-based clean energy company, VIASPACE Inc., reported PennEnergy. The hybrid grass is considered to be the new biomass for green energy. Giant King Grass is a type of fast growing, high yield, and very tall hybrid grass. It can…

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Global fuel cell market to see strong growth in coming years

Fuel cells are becoming more attractive as renewable energy systems Technavio has released a new report concerning the global fuel cell market. For years, fuel cells have been gaining more attention as promising energy systems, but their adoption has been relatively slow because of their high cost when compared to other renewable energy solutions. In recent years, fuel cells have been growing more popular because of technological advances. Over the next few years, the report predicts that fuel cell shipments will begin to accelerate as adoption continues to grow. Fuel…

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Biogas fuel cells to be used by Equinix

The fuel cell project is expected to lower the CO2 emissions of an Equinix data center to almost zero. The global interconnection and data center, Equinix Inc., along with Bloom Energy, have announced a 1 megawatt (MW) biogas fuel cells project at Equinix’s Silicon Valley data center, which will support its SV5 facility, and is expected to not only decrease the data center’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to nearly zero, but will also provide approximately 8.3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean and reliable energy to power a portion of…

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Landfill gas to diesel project moves forward

The new GTL project is set to become operational in Oklahoma City by the first half of 2016. Construction on the first of a series of GTL (gas-to-liquids) plants, which are part of the Envia project, and will be developed by multiple Houston-based companies, will soon commence and these plants will be designed to convert landfill gas into petroleum products with the goal being to not only produce cleaner fuel, but to also generate revenue. The Envia project in Oklahoma City could be the turning point in the industry’s efforts…

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