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Bloom Energy Touts Indian Biogas Electricity Project (Ind. Report)
Bloom Energy,EnergyPower
Date: 2019-10-09
Sunnyvale, California-based energy storage specialist and "Bloom Box" manufacturer Bloom Energy and India's EnergyPower are touting a joint effort to supply biogas power generated from municipal and agri waste to local Indian businesses. The project will be Bloom's first commercial-scale on-site biogas to electricity project in India.

EnergyPower will be deploying a new agricultural and municipal waste anaerobic digester combined with Bloom Energys solid oxide fuel cell technology to deliver power in the Shirala district, Maharashtra. (Source: Bloom Energy, PR, Hindu Business Line, Financial Express, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: Bloom Energy, K R Sridhar, CEO, Peter Gross, VP, (408) 543-1547, www.bloomenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digester,  Bloom Energy,  Biogas,  


SocalGas Unveils Country's Largest RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
SocalGas,Calgren
Date: 2019-07-31
SocalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the US, reports the completion of the Calgren dairy renewable natural gas facility in Pixley. The natural gas facility, developed in partnership with Calgren Dairy Fuels, is the first of its kind in California. SocalGas has provided Calgren with a $5 million incentive, authorised by the California PUC to support the project.

Calgren will collect cow manure from four dairy farms and process it using an anaerobic digesters to produce methane emissions which will then be used to produce transportation fuel. The digesters in the Calgren project are partially funded under California's Dairy Digester Research and Development Programme, which aims to reduce GHG emissions from manure generated at state dairy farms. California currently has about 30 operational dairy RNG projects and 50 under development.

A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: SocalGas, SmartEnergy, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Walt Dwelle, Principal Owner , Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SocalGas,  Calgren,  anaerobic digester,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


Brightmark Energy Acquires Wisconsin Dairy Biogas Project
Brightmark Energy,CLean Fuel Partners
Date: 2019-07-26
Following up on our 8th April coverage, San Francisco-based renewable energy development company Brightmark Energy reports the purchase of a 90,000 gpd dairy waste anaerobic digester project in Dane County , Wisconsin, from Clean Fuel Partners. Clean Fuel Partners will continue its work on the project by providing operations and maintenance support.

The Dane County facility is the first such facility in the United States designed to receive biogas from multiple off-site locations and connect that renewable gas with RNG stations locally and across the nation.

When fully operational the project is expected to produce sufficient renewable natural gas (RNG) to replace at least 50,000 MMBtu of conventional natural gas each year.(Source: Brightmark, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Brightmark Energy, Bob Powell, CEO, (415) 689-8395, info@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com; Clean Fuel Partners, John Haeckel, Founder and CEO, (608) 957-7995, info@cleanfuelpartners.com, www.cleanfuelpartners.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark Energy,  anaerobic digester,  Clean Fuel Partners,  


Wastewater Plant Scores $941,000 Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2019-07-15
In Idaho, the City of Jerome (pop. 11,600} has been recognized by $931,400 in incentives from Idaho Power for its commitment to energy efficiency through upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

In 2014, Jerome joined Idaho Power's wastewater energy efficiency cohort which aims to bring together city employees to reduce energy use through a series of innovative workshops using no- and low-cost energy-saving techniques and organizational strategies.

The recently completed wastewater treatment plant upgrades includes: new clarifiers; a new aeration basin; new energy efficient anaerobic digesters; energy-efficient turbo blowers with controls; LED lighting and efficient HVAC units. The energy efficiency measures are expected to save the plant more than 5,193,000 kWh per year. ( Source: Idaho Power, MagicValley.com, Jerome News, 14 July, 2019) Contact: City of Jerome, Wastwater Dept., : 208-324-7122, www.ci.jerome.id.us/201/Wastewater-Department

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Energy Efficiency,  


Mobile Biorefinery Trials Inderway in Ireland (Int'l. Report)
Bioeconomy
Date: 2019-05-15
The European Science Communication Institute is reporting the launch of trials of Ireland's first mobile biorefinery. The new mobile biorefinery on wheels processes grass and other organic waste into various new green products that could give farmers a more diversified source of income and greater sustainability.

. The mobile biorefinery's product can be processed into a dry protein-rich live-stock feed, a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizer or used as a fuel for anaerobic digesters and natural gas production. (Source: European Science Communication Institute, phys.org, May, 2015) Contact: European Science Communication Institute, www.esci.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Cioecoomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


Quantum Fuel, QBI Announce Calif. Biogas Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Quantum Fuel
Date: 2019-04-29
Ventura, California-based alternative fuel systems provider Quantum Fuel Systems reports it has partnered with Quantitative BioSciences (QBI) on a new dairy biogas project in Modesto, California.

Under the agreement, QBI will purchase Quantum's newest ten Virtual Pipeline trailers for use in the biogas facility funded by the California Energy Commission. The project is being developed by QBI and Fiscalini Cheese Company, and will result in the construction of a biofuels production facility to purify and compress biomethane from anaerobic digesters into transportation fuel. When fully operational, the he project is expected to produce 450 diesel gallon equivalent of CNG per day, According the Quantum, (Source; Quantum Fuel Systems, BioiEnergy Insights, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Quantum Fuel Systems, Mark Arnold, Pres., 805-308-6067, www.qtww.com; Quantitative BioSciences Inc., Natalie Cookson, CEO, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/quantitative-biosciences-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  Niomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  CNG,  


Brightmark Touts Dairy Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Project (Ind Report)
Brightmark Energy
Date: 2019-04-08
San Francisco-headquartered Brightmark Energy is touting the launch of its recently completed biogas project in Yakima County, Washington. The anaerobic digester project will convert 150,000 gpd of dairy cattle manure waste from up to 7,000 cows into 160,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas (RNG) and other products each year.

Collaborating as Augean Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), Brightmark Energy, Promus Energy, and DeRuyter Dairies developed the project. Brightmark Energy will manage the joint venture and Promus Energy, the original developer, will serve as the project manager.

he Augean biogas project is supported by a $1.4 million in grant funding from Yakima County and a $500,000 Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) grant from the USDA.

Brightmark is currently developing similar biogas projects in New York, Wisconsin, Florida, and Minnesota, and is seeking feedstock suppliers with an interest in collaborating on waste to energy projects. The company develops, owns and operates waste and energy projects.

Promus Energy LLC, based in Washington State and New Mexico, was launched in 2010 to convert organic wastes into low carbon intensity, high-value renewable products, focusing specifically on dairy-derived renewable natural gas (RNG) and recovery of nutrients and fiber. (Source: Brightmark Energy, PR, 6 April, 2019) Contact: Brightmark Energy, Bob Powell, CEO, (415) 689-8395, info@brightmarkenergy.com; http://brightmarkenergy.com; Promus Energy LLC, www.promusenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark Energy,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


Toronto Zoo Animal Waste Biogas Project Scores $2.7Mn (Funding)
ZooShare Biogas
Date: 2019-03-18
In Ontario, Toronto MP Gary Anandasangaree is reporting the Conservative Gov. of Premier Doug Ford will invest up to $2.7 million in the ZooShare Biogas Co-operative'a project to convert Toronto Zoo animal waste into biogas and agricultural fertilizer.

The funding is earmarked for additional, new self-cleaning anaerobic digester technology that separates organic material and contaminants at ZooShare's existing biogas plant in Toronto. Zooshare's mission statement is to grow the biogas industry across North America by teaching others about the value of waste and the importance of conservation in the process. (Source: Toronto Zoo, 11 Mar., 2019) Contact: Toronto Zoo, (416) 392-5900, www.torontozoo.com/conservation/BioGas.asp. ZooShare, www.zooshare.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News ZooShare Biogas,  


BHSL Announced €1.5Mn French Biogas Tech. Deal (Int'l Report)
BHSL
Date: 2019-03-15
Limerick, Ireland-headquartered agri-rech, waste-to-energy business BHSL reports it has agreed to €1.5 million French deal to sell its fluidized bed combustion (FBC) technology to Liger Bioconcept foir installation at a fertiliser plant in Brittany. The plant will burn by-products sourced from a large anaerobic digestor located nearby, that processes a mixture of food waste, animal manure and waste water sludge into biogas.

According to BHSL, there are currently 500 anaerobic digester facilities in France and 8,000 in Germany, two of BHSL-Hydro's target markets. The company plans to construct 300 new anaerobic digestor plants in Ireland. (Source: BHSL, RTE, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: BHSL, Denis Brosnan, +353 (0) 69 85926, +353 (0) 69 85927 - fax., info@bhsl.com, www.bhslhydro.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biowaste-to-Energy,  anaerobic digestor,  


Bio-En Power Adds ORC to Ont. Anaerobic Digester Plant (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Technologies,Woolwich Bio-En
Date: 2019-02-27
Costa Mesa, California-based Clean Energy Technologies (CETY) is reporting the installation of a Clean Cycle II Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit at Elmira, Ontario-based Bio-En Power Inc's anaerobic digester power plant in Woolwich, Ontario. The plant utilizes two Jenbacher JGC420 generators to produce 1426 kW of electricity each, as well as waste heat.

CETY's Clean Cycle II ORC utilizes the plants wasted heat lost to the atmosphere through the exhaust stream to essentially produce free electricity resulting in an expected annual electrical savings of 769,149 kWh.

CETY's proprietary heat recovery systems are 140kW and are right in the sweet spot where user's needs are the highest. CETY is also excited about entering the large high rise market with its first installation slated for the 1540 Broadway high rise building in Manhattan, according to the company. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies, PR, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Clean Energy Technologies, Kam Mahdi, CEO , (949) 273-4990 Fax Number: (949) 273-4990 www.cetyinc.com;Bio-En, Power Inc., (519) 669-3777. (519) 669-5982 -fax, ptaylor@bio-enpower.com, www.bio-enpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digester,  anaerobic digestion ,  Clean Energy Technologies,  


Sprouts Adopts BioHiTech Anaerobic Digester System (Ind. Report)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2019-01-11
Chestnut Ridge, New York-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc. is reporting the installation of a BioHiTech Revolution Series™ Digester at Pheonix, Arizona-headquartered Sprouts Farmers Market's first store in Philadelphia, Pa.. The BioHiTech technology is being used in 18 Sprouts locations nationally.

BioHiTech's cost effective Revolution Series™ Digesters technology platforms can virtually eliminate landfill usage through real-time data analytics to reduce waste generation, biological disposal of food waste at the point of generation, and the processing of municipal solid waste into a valuable renewable fuel. (Source: BioHiTech Global, PR, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367-0603, rgalterio@biohitech.com, www.biohitech.com: Sprouts, www.sprouts.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  BioHiTech Global,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


CO2-Algae Biofuel R&D Funded at Arizona State Univ. (Funding, R&D)
Arizona State University
Date: 2018-11-09
The U.S. DOE has announced the awarding of a total of $80 million tp 36 early-stage bioenergy projects aimed at reducing the cost of algae-based, drop-in fuels to $3 per gallon by 2022, Of the $80 million total, two Arizona State University (ASU) research teams received a total grant of nearly $4.5 million.

The two ASU teams are headed by Wim Vermaas, Foundation Professor in the School of Life Sciences and a member of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, and Bruce Rittmann, director of Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology.

Both ASU projects are developing innovative approaches for improving the efficiency of microalgae to capture waste CO2 and convert it into biodiesel transportation fuels and other valuable products.

Rittmann will explore ways to make CO2 delivery to algae more efficient. Traditional methods involve sparging (bubbling) CO2 within the liquid used to grow the algae, which releases about 60-80 pct of the CO2 back into the atmosphere. This wasteful process defeats a major goal of using microalgae to remove this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and decreases cost efficiency.

Rittmann's team developed a membrane carbonation process that uses inexpensive plastic fibers to deliver pure CO2 with nearly 100 pct efficiency directly to the microalgae. The team estimates that the technology will capture fourfold more CO2 than traditional sparging methods.

The team is partnering with the Salt River Project to develop methods for harvesting CO2 from power plant emissions. They are also partnering with the city of Mesa to remove CO2 from the biogas generated from anaerobic digesters at their wastewater treatment facilities. Rittmann's team will investigate whether the fibers can be used with microalgae to remove CO2 from the biogas, which would leave nearly pure methane which could be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines.

Vermaas and his team were awarded $2.5 million to pursue an innovative multi-pronged approach toward improved CO2 utilization. One approach is to increase the solubility of carbon dioxide in growth medium by developing a nanobubble gas delivery system.. A second approach is to utilize amines in the medium, which greatly enhance the solubility of CO2, allowing the gas to be taken up by photosynthetic microbes for producing biofuel. The researchers anticipate at least a 50 pct increase in the efficiency of CO2 use with advanced biofuel production under industrially relevant conditions. (Source: ASU, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: ASU, Prof. Bruce Rittmann, Dir. Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, (480) 727-8322, www.biodesign.asu.edu/environmental-biotechnology; Willem Vermaas, ASU School of Life Sciences, 480-965-6250, wim@asu.edu, www.sols.asu.edu/willem-vermaas

More Low-Carbon Energy News Micro Algae,  Biodiesel,  Drop-In Fuel,  CO2,  Algae,  Biofuel,  Carbon Dioxide,  


Wisconsin Renewable Natural Gas Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Methane,DTE
Date: 2018-08-10
In Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, in partnership with Detroit-based DTE Energy, is reporting ground breaking on the state's first rewewable natural gas (RNG) project.

The project will use underground anaerobic digesters to process daily cattle manure into methane gas that will then be converted into RNG transportation fuel.

According to DTE VP for Business Development Kevin Dobson, the process will reduce yearly greenhouse gas emissions significantly -- equivalent to removing 9,200 vehicles from the road and saving five million gallons of gasoline. The project is expected to be in operation early next year. (Source: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, WBAY Action News 2, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, J.J Pagel, CEO, (920) 388-3333, www.pagelsponderosa.com; DTE Energy, Kevin Dobson, Business Dev., www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Natural Gas,  DTE,  anaerobic digestion,  Methane ,  


Waste-derived Biogas Market to See 10.6p ct Annual Growth Through 2022, says BBC Report (Ind. Report)
BCC Research
Date: 2018-05-04
According to Waste-derived Biogas: Global Markets for Anaerobic Digestion Equipment, a report by Wellesley, Mass.-based BCC Research, global focus on renewable energies and increasing environmental regulations aimed at greenhouse gases are helping to drive the waste-derived biogas market to a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 pct through 2022, when it could be worth as much as $10.1 billion, according to the report. The report notes:
  • Wastewater/sludge and industrial applications will lead the market in growth, with a CAGR through 2022 of 11.4 pct, although landfill gas, agriculture, and food and municipal wastes will lead by size, with a 2022 value of $5.8 billion.

  • In North America, passive biogas production system growth will be led by Mexico, which anticipates a CAGR of 8.4 pct through 2022, though the US will lead the regional market by size, with a 2022 value of $65.9 million.

  • In Europe, growth will be led by Italy, which anticipates a CAGR of 8.8 pct through 2022, though by size the region will be dominated by France, which anticipates a 2022 value of $83.8 million.

    The report notes that although regulations are not the sole driver of the biogas industry, the report notes, they are a primary one. In Europe, which is home to the world's largest regional anaerobic digester market, the existence, stability and reliability of the legal and political framework is seen as the greatest influence on the market. Germany's rise to become a market leader came after the passage of major renewable energy legislation, and in the UK, the passage of a renewables obligation law provided the framework for a developing anaerobic digestion market.

    Major players in the market mentioned in this report include ADI Systems, AsiaBioGas, BDI-BioEnergy, CH Four, CleanWorld, DVO, Ebara, Gasum, Hitachi Zosen, Inova, Kruger, MWH Global, Niras, Organic Power, Premier Tech Aqua, Republic Services, Sansuy and Turning Earth, among others.

    Research details are available HERE. (Source: BCC Research, 1 May, 2018) Contact: BBC Research, (866) 285-7215, www.bccresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BCC Research,  Biogas,  anaerobic digestion,  


  • 2G Energy Commissions Kroger Waste Biogas System (Ind. Report)
    2G Energy
    Date: 2018-03-12
    2G Energy Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Germany-headed manufacturer of gas-fired combined and heat and power plants (CHP) is reporting commissioning of a 600 kW CHP facility at grocery giant Kroger company's K.B. Specialty Foods outlet in Greensburg, Indiana.

    K.B. Specialty Foods in Greensburg has been a Zero Waste Facility since 2014, having diverted over 90 pct of its annual waste from going to landfill and processing it into bigas for energy production. (Source: 2G Energy, Bioenergy Int'l, Other, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: 2G Energy, Paul Glenister, Pres., CEO, (904) 679-3217 - Florida Office, www.2g-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 2G Energy,  anaerobic digester (AD),  


    CHAR Technologies Snares ALTECH Group (M&A)
    ALTECH Group,CHAR Technologies
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Mississauga, Ontario-based CHAR Technologies Ltd. is reporting acquisition of the ALTECH Group in an effort to expand the offering of its SulfaCHAR and CleanFyre.

    SulfaCHAR removes hydrogen sulfide from renewable natural gas -- biogas from anaerobic digesters and landfill gas -- as well as other contaminants from industrial air emissions. CleanFyre® is a bio-coal product that is a cost effective substitute with similar energy potential to coal as a fossil fuel. The major advantage of bio-coal is that it is Greenhouse Gas (GHG) neutral. Companies replacing coal with CleanFyre will be eligible to earn GHG Credits in the fight for Climate Change.

    The ALTECH Group provides environmental engineering solutions to industry in North America in the areas of air pollution control, industrial energy efficiency, and process water recycling. (Source: CHAR Technologies, HazMat, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: ALTECH Group, Alex Keen, akeen@altech-group.com, www.altech-group.com; CHAR Technologies, Andrew White, andrew.white@chartechnologies.com, www.chartechnologies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-coal,  ALTECH Group,  CHAR Technologies,  Biogas,  


    $35.2Mn for Calif. Dairy Anaerobic Digester Projects (Funding)
    California Department of Food and Agriculture
    Date: 2017-11-13
    In Sacramento, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reports it has awarded $35.2 million in grant funding to 18 dairy digester projects across the state. Dairy digester grant recipients will provide an estimated $71.2 million in matching funds for the development of their projects.. These projects, part of the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, will reduce methane greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms.

    CDFA, which also administers the Alternative Manure Management Program promoting non-digester manure management practices to reduce methane emissions, received 53 applications requesting a total of $29.5 million in grants.

    Financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters comes from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that uses Cap-and-Trade program funds to support the state's climate goals. CDFA and other state agencies are investing these proceeds in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide additional benefits to California communities.

    The Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions. (Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture, PR, Nov., 2017) Contact 2017 Dairy Digester Research and Development Program www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/dd; CDFA, www.cdfa.ca.gov; California Climate Investments, www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digester,  Methane,  


    Wisc. Anaerobic Digestion Project Scores $15Mn Grant (Funding)
    Wisconsin PSC,BC Organics
    Date: 2017-09-18
    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) reports it has approved a conditional $15 million Focus on Energy grant to BC Organics, LLC to build and operate a $60 million integrated anaerobic digester project that will be shared by at least nine dairy farms in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy farm manure and other waste. BC Organics is a consortium of 24 members led by Wisconsin-based Dynamic Concepts of Waukesha, along with WEC Energy Group, US Biogas LLC and BioStar Organics.

    The company must first obtain all of the necessary state and local regulatory approvals before construction begins in arly 2019 (Source: Wisconsin PSC, Wisc. AgConnection, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Wisconsin PSC, (608) 266-5481, https://psc.wi.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion news,  Wisc. PSC news,   news,  


    Maui Corn, Sorghum Plantings for Biofuel Underway (Ind. Report)
    Alexander & Baldwin,TerViva
    Date: 2017-07-10
    Further to our April 12th coverage, Honolulu-headquartered Alexander & Baldwin Inc., a major Hawaiian commercial real estate developer with a varied portfolio, reports it has begun growing sorghum and corn on Maui as part of a test project to develop biofuel to feed a planned anaerobic digester that would produce methane gas to power the Kahului wastewater treatment facility.

    The corn and sorghum acreage , which is part of an extensive former sugarcane estate, could total 500 acres or more depending upon the projects success. A&B previously reported it is developing diversified agricultural ventures on the old sugar cane land.

    In June, A&B announced a partnership with Oakland, Calif.-based TerViva to produce biofuel from pongamia trees on 250 acres in north Kihei/Maalaea. The pongamia TerViva partnership is a program of A&B subsidiary Central Maui Feedstocks LLC, which was organized in November. Anaergia contracted with the county in 2014 to build a waste conversion facility at the Central Maui Landfill. It also has proposed building a $50 million Maui Energy Park in West Maui to grow sorghum. (Source: Alexander & Baldwin, Maui News, 8 July, 2017 Contact: Alexander & Baldwin, Chris Benjamin, CEO, (8080 525-6611, http://alexanderbaldwin.com; TerViva, www.terviva.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TerViva,  Corn Ethanol,  Sorghum,  Alexander & Baldwin ,  


    Food Waste-to-Energy Facility Breaks Ground in Utah (Ind. Report)
    Wasatch Resource Recycling
    Date: 2017-06-21
    The Salt Lake Tribune reports construction on the food waste-to-energy Wasatch Resource Recovery facility in North Salt Lake City is underway. The facility will deploy anaerobic digesters to grind, liquefy and process locally-sourced food waste into methane which can be used as natural gas.

    When fully operational late next year, the $43 million facility will produce sufficient natural gas to supply a city of 40,000 people. BP Energy Corporation will purchase the facility's natural gas output .

    Wasatch Resource Recovery is a cooperative partnership between Salt Lake City-based ALPRO Energy & Water and the South Davis Sewer District.(Source: Wasatch Resource Recovery, Salt Lake Tribune, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Wasatch Resource Recovery, www.wasatchresourcerecovery.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digester,  waste-to-energy,  methane,  


    Ofgem Plans Landfill Gas, AD Embedded Benefit Cuts (Int'l)
    Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association
    Date: 2017-06-21
    In London, the UK energy regulator OFGEM reports it plans to cut subsidies to small-scale power generators including anaerobic digestion (AD) and landfill gas. Under the current arrangements for "embedded benefits", generators of less than 100MW are paid £45/kW by suppliers for their contribution to the electricity network at peak times. According to Ofgem , the change could save the equivalent of £20 per household per year by 2034.

    The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) said the change would have a disproportionate effect on sub-5MW generators, many of which are anaerobic digesters. (Source: Ofgem, MRW Reports, 17 June, 2017) Contact: Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, www.adbioresources.org; OFGEM, www.ofgem.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Ofgem,  


    Idaho Sorghum Biogas Proposal Awaits Approval (Ind. Report)
    Treasure Valley Renewables
    Date: 2017-04-07
    In Caldwell, Idaho, Canyon County commissioners are reportedly considering a development agreement for Weiser, Idaho-headquartered Treasure Valley Renewables' proposed $94 million sorghum and biogas manufacturing facility near Parma. A decision is expected on April 27.

    Treasure Valley Renewables plans to produce sorghum-based food storage products that could be used as a styrofoam alternative. The water and gas produced by that process, along with food waste, would be used to make fertilizer, while a third entity would clean and deliver biogas to trucking companies.

    There are reportedly 12 similar anaerobic digester facilities in Idaho. Intermountain Gas Co. has agreed to accept natural gas created at the facility into its existing pipeline network. Treasure Valley filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2013. (Source: Idaho Press-Tribune, 4 April, 2017)Contact: Treasure Valley Renewables LLC contact information is not presently available; Canyon County commissioners, (208) 454-7507, www.canyonco.org/elected-officials/commissioners

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Sorghum,  Treasure Valley Renewables,  


    ANL, Roeslein Test Wastewater Sludge-to-RNG Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Argonne National Laboratory,Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2017-03-06
    The U.S. DOE's Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) reports it has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas and a biochar co-product.

    ANL has demonstrated success using biochar from gasification of both corn stover and woody sources. Anaerobic digestion usually creates biogas that is mainly a combination of CO2 and methane, and extra steps are required to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas by removing the CO2 and other contaminants. Adding biochar directly to the anaerobic digester sequesters the CO2 and creates a biogas stream that is more than 90 pct methane and less than 5 ppb hydrogen sulfide, thus reducing the need for upgrading steps.

    ANL is preparing to scale up the technology with Roeslein Alternative Energy, a company experienced at operating large-scale digester facilities to produce renewable natural gas ecologically and economically. The company plans to perform field demonstrations during 2017 and drive the commercialization of the technology.

    The project received $1.5 million funding from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) which supports the development of sustainable, cost-competitive biofuels and bioproducts from cellulosic biomass. (Source: Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, March 01, 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com; Argonne National Laboratory, (630) 252-2000, www.anl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laboratory,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Methane,  anaerobic digestion,  


    SEER Sub. Secures $1.4Mn SulfAx™ System Order (Ind. Report)
    Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources.MV Technologies
    Date: 2017-03-01
    Golden, Colorado-headquartered Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER), a provider of renewable fuels and industrial waste stream management services, reports that MV Technologies, its wholly owned subsidiary has secured $1.4 million in purchase orders for its next generation hydrogen sulfide removal system -- the SulfAx™ System.

    The SulfAx™ System eliminates hydrogen sulfide by optimizing a high-capacity granular media that is readily disposable as a non-hazardous material under California's stringent solid waste regulations. SulfAx™ Systems are for use in treating biogas streams from landfills to anaerobic digesters at farms, wastewater treatment facilities, and food & beverage processing operations. (Source: Seer Group, PR, MarketWire, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Seer Group, John Combs, CEO, (720) 460-3522, receptionist@seer-group.com; www.seer-corp.com; MV Technologies, www.mvseer.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  anaerobic digesters,  Landfill Gas,  Methane Emissions ,  


    DuPont Ind. Biosciences Scores Biogas Enzymes Grant (Int'l)
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Date: 2017-01-30
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences is reporting receipt of grant funding from the European Commission's Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program to demonstrate high-efficiency enzyme production to increase biogas yields as part of the DEMETER project.

    The funding will be used to improve and scale-up the enzyme-producing fermentation process to achieve a 15 pct or more cost reduction and to demonstrate the efficiency of the enzymes in biogas field trials in Europe.

    The DEMETER project includes an entire value chain of biogas experts including: DuPont (enzymes), Miavit (biogas ingredients distributor), BioBase Europe (pilot plant), OWS (anaerobic digester expertise), DBFZ (biogas research centre), Ciaotech (economic and environmental evaluation), and Biomoer (biogas farm). The project is expected to be completed within 3 years. (Source: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, 26 Jan., 2017 Contact: DuPont Industrial Biosciences, biosciences.dupont.com

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    Anaerobic Digestion Enhancing Tech. Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    anaerobic digestion, Argonne National Laboratory
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) reports it has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas while using the remaining biosolids for a high-quality fertilizer.

    With $1.5 million over three years funding from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ANL has developed and "de-risked" the technology, which is now ready for scale-up.

    Biochar, charcoal derived from plant material, is created in processes such as gasification and pyrolysis, which also produce energy in the form of syngas or liquid fuels. ANL has demonstrated success using biochar from gasification of both corn stover and woody sources. Anaerobic digestion usually creates biogas that is mainly a combination of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, and extra steps are required to upgrade the biogas to renewable natural gas by removing the CO2 and other contaminants. Adding biochar directly to the anaerobic digester sequesters the CO2 and creates a biogas stream that is more than 90 pct methane and less than 5 ppb hydrogen sulfide, thus reducing the need for upgrading steps. The biochar also improves many of the operating conditions for anaerobic digestion, and can serve as a high-quality fertilizer.

    ANL and Roeslein Alternative Energy preparing to scale up the technology to produce renewable natural gas ecologically and economically. The technology could dramatically improve the economics of anaerobic digestion projects. The reduction of upgrading steps alone could make many smaller biogas projects become profitable. The technology further reduces capital and operating expenses by improving digester conditions and producing fertilizer, which would provide even greater economic benefit. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com; Argonne National Laboratory, (630) 252-2000, www.anl.gov

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    Unilever UK Sites Achieve Carbon-Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Unilever
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Just over a year on from announcing its pioneering pledge to become a carbon-positive business by 2030, Unilever has signed a contract to use biomethane to power five of its sites across the UK and Ireland.

    The biomethane, which is fully traceable and certified, is generated by GENeco's anaerobic digester in Avonmouth, which converts inedible food waste and sewage into energy. This is in line with the company's Biomass Sourcing Standard policy which states that biomass fuels shall not comprise agricultural residues or food waste that could otherwise have been used as food for human consumption. (Source: Unilever, edie Newsroom, 12, January 2017) Contact: Unilever UK, Charlotte Carroll, UK & Ireland Sustainable Business Director, www.unilever.co.uk

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    USDA Seeks REAP Bio-Renewable Energy Fund Applications (Funding)
    USDA Reap
    Date: 2016-10-21
    The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service reports it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which can help agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems.

    REAP offers grants and loan guarantee assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for biomass, anaerobic digesters, biodiesel, ethanol, solid fuels and other renewable energy systems, as well as energy effic iency initiatives. The program also offers energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants, which are available to a unit or instrumentality of state, Tribal or local governments, rural electric cooperatives and others. Renewable energy system grants are for a minimum $2,500 and maximum of $500,000.

    REAP funding information is available HERE. (Source: USDA,REAP, Oct., 2016) Contact: USDA REAP, http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/energy.html

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