Green energy innovation in India turns fish scales into electricity

Instead of disposing of the scales as waste, they are being recycled into usable power. In India, a team of Jadavpur University researchers have come up with a green energy innovation that recycles waste material into electricity. In this case, the waste material is biodegradable energy extracted from raw fish scales. The fish scales would typically be thrown away, but now they might become a source of fuel for the next generation of devices in the country. In fact, the research team thinks they may be an ideal energy source…

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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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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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New clean energy project taking form in Shenzhen, China

Largest waste-to-energy project is being developed in the city of Shenzhen The world’s largest waste-to-energy system is planned to be built in Shenzhen, China. The city has announced plans to aggressively take on its massive waste problem. In order to do this, the city will need some way to effectively dispose of this waste without creating any environmental problems. The solution may be to convert the waste into electrical power, without the use of fossil-fuels, and make this energy available to consumers and businesses alike. New project could dispose of…

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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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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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New biofuel project may convert forestry waste into aviation biofuel

A consortium of aviation companies and scientists are investigating whether forest-industry waste could fuel jet planes. A project that will be led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and NORAM Engineering and Constructors, and includes aviation and aviation-related companies Boeing, Air Canada, Bombardier, WestJet and SkyNRG, will assess whether waste from the forest industry, including sawdust and leftover branches, can be converted into sustainable aviation biofuel. A study determined that the forestry waste to energy conversion could meet 10% of B.C.’s annual jet fuel demand. Earlier this year, a…

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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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Waste to energy plant in Copenhagen to feature ski hill

The renewable energy facility will be an attraction for citizens of Copenhagen. Danish company B&W Vølund is working on continuing with Denmark’s clean energy efforts, and is constructing a waste to energy plant in Copenhagen, the nation’s capital, that will not only produce energy from waste, but its roof will also provide the city’s citizens with a skiing destination and other outdoor activities. Citizens will be able to ski all year long on an ecological artificial slope. The ski slope will feature three different difficulty levels and, in addition to…

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