Food waste to feed and biogas at dairy farm

Read the full story in Biocycle.

Ar-Joy Farms in southeastern Pennsylvania receives produce for animal feed and source separated organics and high strength liquids for anaerobic digestion.

Is jet fuel from waste finally ready for takeoff?

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Multiple projects are underway to create sustainable aviation fuel from waste, but questions remain about whether it will be a scalable, viable success for the circular economy.

Plastics’ combustion may create surge in waste-to-energy plants’ climate emissions

Read the full story from the Maine Monitor.

Incineration of plastics containing ‘forever chemicals’ could be generating potent greenhouse gas emissions, but testing methods are not yet in place.

Pennsylvania Food Waste to Renewable Energy Assessment

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The specific objectives of this study were to:

  • quantify current industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) food waste generation and diversion within Pennsylvania (the Commonwealth);
  • compile a comprehensive inventory of anaerobic digestion (AD) and compost facilities accepting ICI food waste and the current quantities of food waste being processed;
  • identify any additional food waste processing capacity available within these existing AD and compost facilities;
  • estimate the reduction in GHG emissions resulting from the current level of diversion of ICI food waste from landfill;
  • estimate the amount of biogas currently produced from processing ICI food waste via AD and estimate how much additional biogas could be produced by increasing ICI food waste diversion using existing infrastructure; and
  • identify best practices for expanding existing AD/compost processing capacity and encouraging additional diversion programs in order to further increase the diversion of food waste, reduce the amount of emissions occurring from landfilling food waste, and increase renewable energy generation.

SK invests in Fulcrum BioEnergy to accelerate production of low-carbon fuel from waste

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

SK Inc., the strategic investment arm of South Korea’s SK Group, was part of a $50-million investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, a US-based waste-to-fuels company. SK Inc. was joined in the investment with a Korean private equity fund.

Fulcrum produces biofuel on a commercial scale by chemically converting municipal solid waste (MSW) into transportation fuels. SK Inc. plans to enhance its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portfolio with its investment in Fulcrum.

Civil rights groups in North Carolina say ‘biogas’ from hog waste will harm communities of color

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

In a complaint filed with the EPA, the activists alleged that creating natural gas from methane in hog waste will increase ammonia pollution in the air and water.

From breakfast to biocrude: Study identifies production potential across nation

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Cattle waste and wastewater. Sludgy grease ensconced in restaurant and cafeteria grease traps.  Food waste—uneaten leftovers or culinary mistakes. Contrary to the lyrics in The Sound of Music, these aren’t a few of our favorite things.

But when paired with waste-to-energy (WtE) technology, these things can become downright energetic—in the form of biofuels. These organic wastes serve as potential biofuel feedstocks, and they are available just about anywhere across the nation. However, industry lacks information about the locations of greatest concentration so it can boost biofuel production while giving human health and the environment a helping hand.

To shed light on this uncertainty, a team of researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory performed a detailed analysis of these wastes’ potential for biofuel production on a site-specific basis across the conterminous United States. 

The results of the team’s analysis were published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

Turning hog waste into biogas: Green solution or greenwashing?

Read the full story at e360.

North Carolina’s industrial-scale hog farms have long been a major source of pollution. Smithfield Foods now plans to turn some hog waste into biogas, but critics say the project does nothing about the larger problem of waste being stored in lagoons and sprayed on fields.

We could power our homes with kitchen scraps. Here’s what has to happen first

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Imagine if you could power your kettle using the energy generated from the vegetable cuttings quietly breaking down in your kitchen’s compost bin. That reality might not be so far off with the growth of biogas technology.

Webinar: The Multiple Aspects of a (Food) Waste to Biogas Project

Sep 30, 2021 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
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The multiple aspects of a (food) waste to biogas project: Two case studies from UW Oshkosh Biogas Systems – One case study from a new anaerobic digester-urban farm project in Chicago.

Anaerobic Digestion of organic waste such as food waste is an alternative to landfilling that results in environmental benefits such as improved air quality, biogas recovery, and nutrients recovery. Anaerobic digestion projects are multifaceted ventures, and each has its own peculiarity. During this webinar we will discuss some of the many aspects of a waste to biogas project, featuring two existing facilities owned by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and one new digester-urban farm project under construction in Chicago and we will talk about available technical and educational assistance from the University of Illinois Chicago.