Category: Waste to energy

Pandemic garbage boom ignites debate over waste as energy

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

America remains awash in refuse as new cases of the coronavirus decline — and that has reignited a debate about the sustainability of burning more trash to create energy.

Waste-to-energy plants, which produce most of their power by incinerating trash, make up only about half a percent of the electricity generation in the U.S. But the plants have long aroused considerable opposition from environmentalists and local residents who decry the facilities as polluters, eyesores and generators of foul odor.

The industry has been in retreat mode in the U.S., with dozens of plants closing since 2000 amid local opposition and emissions concerns. But members of the industry said they see the increase in garbage production in the U.S. in recent months as a chance to play a bigger role in creating energy and fighting climate change by keeping waste out of methane-creating landfills.

Brightmark fires up waste plastic conversion plant

Read the full story in the Angola (IN) Herald Republican.

Brightmark started running its waste plastics-to-fuel conversion plant on Friday.

After weeks of testing, it was the first time the company has used the equipment on a full-scale basis to take plastic and turn it into either diesel fuel or commercial grade wax, said Bob Powell, president of Brightmark.

In a nutshell, waste plastic is turned into pellets on site. It is then fed into tanks known as pyrolysers and gets vaporized, then using a process called pyrolysis, the plastic is converted either to diesel fuel or wax.

One Person’s Trash Is the Biofuel Industry’s Treasure

Read the full story at Real Clear Energy.

Advanced biofuel companies have partnered with other parties to develop a two-step process to produce new types of advanced cellulosic biofuels. To support production of these new biofuels, processing facilities built next to landfills or trash sites breakdown specific types of garbage, paper, cardboard and other municipal solid waste to produce a liquid biofuel feedstock. This bio-intermediate, can then be sent to another facility for co-processing into renewable transportation fuels alongside petroleum to create a blended, advanced and renewable fuel.

Digesting Dumped Milk, RNG For Sea-Tac

Read the full story in Biocycle.

The last week has been chock full of anaerobic digestion and biogas news. This roundup includes tips for adding COVID-caused unsold milk to digesters and the latest on a major airport becoming a major RNG offtaker.

Greenhouse looks to sewage farms for future of sustainable food production

Read the full story in Food Navigator.

Heat from sewage systems holds the key to growing more locally-grown produce and protecting food systems from the structural weaknesses exposed by coronavirus, it has been claimed.

U of I: Grind to Find Waste Solution

Read the full post from iSEE.

As of Spring 2020, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign educates 48,947 students. This means that 48,947 students are consuming food, and ultimately wasting some portion of that food.

So, where does the food waste go? For many students it will travel to a landfill; however, for those with a dining hall plan, their food waste will ultimately go through a system called Grind2Energy.

Grind2Energy is similar to the garbage disposal under the kitchen sink — but with a lot more power, said Doug Brokaw, Director of Sales for Food Services at InSinkErator.

Global Waste-to-Energy Market to Reach $22 Billion by 2030

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

The global waste-to-energy (WTE) market was valued at $16.4 billion in 2019, and is expected to reach $22.6 billion by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% from 2020 to 2030. This is according to a new report from Visiongain.

INSIGHT: Burning Garbage Is No Part of a Cleaner Future

Read the full story in Bloomberg Environment.

A recent House proposal says burning municipal waste is a form of clean energy, but Roger Ballentine, president of Green Strategies, begs to differ. He says burning trash isn’t a way to get to net zero energy and hurts the already declining recycling industry.

Turning cow waste into clean power on a national scale

Read the full story from The Hill.

A 1,000-pound dairy cow produces an average of 80 pounds of manure each day. Multiply that by the estimated 9 million dairy cattle in the U.S., and that’s a lot of manure. 

Dominion Energy, one of the nation’s largest energy producers —  headquartered in Richmond, Va. — wants to put some of that tremendous amount of livestock waste to good use by converting poop into power, while at the same time, reducing pollution. 

Already recently partnered with pork giant Smithfield Foods, Dominion has now launched a second waste-to-energy project in a strategic partnership with Vanguard Renewables and the Dairy Farmers of America.  

Grant awarded for facility to convert waste plastic to hydrogen

Read the full story in Envirotec.

A firm developing hydrogen production from waste plastic has been offered a conditional £1.25m grant for a planned plastics-to-hydrogen facility at Protos, near Ellesmere Port.

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