Air Products to leave waste-to-energy business

An inability to resolve operation and design issues has lead to the company shutting down its W2E business. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. has announced that it will be closing down its struggling waste-to-energy (W2E) operation after it failed to efficiently resolve operational and design challenges, reported The Wall Street Journal. The initial promise was for the company’s planned renewable energy plants to power over 100,000 UK homes. In addition to powering thousands of homes in England, the two energy from waste plants that had been planned by Air Products…

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Duke Energy to use waste to energy to run four power stations

The electric power holding company will use swine and poultry waste as a power source. Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States has announced that it will be using the methane produced by a waste to energy process from a planned facility in North Carolina to generate renewable electricity at four of the company’s power stations. The energy from waste facility, which will be built and owned by Carbon Cycle Energy, will use swine and poultry waste to create the gas. Approximately 125,000 megawatt hours…

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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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World’s largest waste to energy plant to be designed in China

Two Danish firms have won an international competition to build the biggest energy from waste plant in Shenzhen, China. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects, two Danish architect firms, have won a competition, over five other teams, to design a waste to energy plant for the mountainous region located on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. The plant is projected to incinerate 5,000 tons of waste per day, which is about equal to one third of the waste that is produced by Shenzhen’s 20 million residents, every year. Two…

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Waste to energy incinerator begins capturing CO2 emissions

The energy from waste project in Norway is the first in the world to test a W2E carbon capture experiment. The Klemetsrud incinerator in Oslo, Norway is attempting to capture CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions from the industrial and household waste that it burns as an alternative to capturing and burying greenhouse gas emissions at coal-powered plants that run on fossil fuels. The test program, involving the waste to energy plant, is being conducted by Aker Solutions, a Norwegian supplier of products, services and systems to the gas and oil industry.…

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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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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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Approved waste to energy plan aims to benefit West Yorkshire

A £300 million Yorkshire W2E plant has won planning approval from the UK government. Multifuel Energy Ltd. (MEL), a joint venture between SSE plc and Wheelbrator Technologies Inc., was granted planning permission from junior energy minister Lord Bourne, to begin its plans to develop its Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 waste to energy (W2E) plant near Leeds, a city in West Yorkshire, England. Construction of the energy to waste plant could create as many as 500 jobs. The new plant will be operated by MEL and, at the peak of its construction,…

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DC Waters waste to energy plant goes online

The multimillion dollar energy from wastewater plant has been unveiled by DC Water. The $470 million waste to energy (W2E) project is now online and is producing a net 10 MW (megawatts) of clean and renewable electricity from an innovative wastewater treatment process, with the generated power making up roughly one third of the Washington D.C. Blue Plains plant’s energy requirements. Clean energy is generated using various pieces of equipment. In order to be able to turn wastewater into energy, the plant features a dewatering building, four concrete 80-foot high…

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Grocery store chain converts foods waste to energy

Sendik’s is installing grinding systems at its stores to keep more food waste out of landfills. The local Milwaukee grocer is working on becoming more eco-friendly by helping to keep more food waste out of landfills, by installing Grind-2-Energy systems from InSinkErator at 11 of its 12 metro Milwaukee stores. The grinding systems will convert scraps of food waste to energy. Sendik’s piloted the project a year ago and decided to expand it after good results. The grocer began testing the project last year, using its Mequon store for its…

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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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New waste to energy plant will convert compost into biochar

A new biomass gasification plant is to be built by PHG Energy in Tennessee. According to Tennessee-based waste to energy (W2E) technology company, PHG Energy (PHGE), it has been chosen by Sevier Solid Waste in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to construct a new biomass gasification plant that will be capable of converting over 30 tons of composted material a day into thermal energy. It will also produce a valuable high-carbon biochar, which is charcoal that is produced from plant matter and can be stored in soil for the purpose of removing…

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New waste to energy technology could convert hard-to-treat waste into power

A new system could convert carbon from waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. A new Pyrofab module developed by the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, is a type of waste to energy technology that has been designed to generate energy from waste that is typically hard to treat and usually ends up in landfills, such as agricultural waste (ex. pig manure), domestic waste, industrial waste, and even baby wipes. A prototype of the Pyrofab module is currently being tested. Designed and built…

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City in Tennessee receives grant to help build waste to energy facility

Lebanon was awarded $250,000 for its W2E project. Lebanon, a city in Tennessee, USA, has been awarded a $250,000 matching funds grant from the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant program administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), to help construct a planned waste to energy (W2E) biomass gasification facility, which will be located at Lebanon’s wastewater treatment plant. Different types of waste will be used to produce renewable energy. The energy from waste project will use existing wood waste, discarded tires, and sludge from the wastewater treatment plant…

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Technology reduces waste to energy facility emissions by more than half

An updated emission control system makes a Vancouver W2E facility even greener. Metro Vancouver’s Waste to Energy (W2E) Facility, located in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, has lowered its emissions by 53% since the start of 2015, which is about equal to taking 20,000 vehicles off the road; a feat that was made possible by an updated emissions control system developed by Covanta Burnaby Renewable Energy. The technology minimizes nitrogen oxides. According to a Wire Service media release, Covanta’s trademark technology was developed to serve as a retrofit for facilities already…

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