Analyzing green waste

These are definitely information not to be wasted (lol!) if you are into renewable energy.

First stop is Europe where according to consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, the region is the largest waste-to-energy plants market in the world with over 429 plants installed last year. This market earned EUR 3.1 billion ($4.5bn) last year, Frost $ Sullivan said.

Major drivers for this growth include the European Union’s Landfill directive and growing demand for green energy. France and Germany are said to have the largest number of waste-to-energy plants.

Market research company BCC Research estimated the global market for thermal and biological waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies at $19.9 billion last year. It is expected to increase to $26.2 billion in 2014, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6%.

Europe is said to be the largest with 48% share followed by the Asia-Pacific region accounting for 31% of the global market. North America and the rest of the world account for 11.0% and 10% of the global market, respectively.

Thermal WTE plants generate energy in the form of steam or electricity, while biological WTE plants produce methane or biogas that can be liquefied, compressed or converted to heat or electricity.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meanwhile, is looking at municipal food waste to be diverted away from landfills into energy resource. The EPA this year awarded the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) with a grant to investigate the benefits and limitations of anaerobically digesting food waste from restaurants, grocery stores, and other food handling facilities.

An EBMUD study found that the methane production potential of biosolids was 120 m3 gas/ton and food waste around 367 m3 gas/ton. Anaerobically digesting 100 tons of food waste per day, five days a week, can reportedly provide sufficient power for approximately 1,000 homes.

The EPA said food waste is the second largest category of municipal solid waste sent to US landfills each year, accounting for 18% (30 million tons) of the waste stream.

Here are other recent news and announcements on waste-to-energy developments:

1. Natural Fuels Industries Eyes ‘Biomass Rich’ Georgia for Production Facility

2. Green Energy Resources Lands U.S. Biomass Power Plant Supply Contract Valued at Over $300 Million

3. Turning Organic Waste Into Energy by Green Inc. Blog of NYTimes

4. From Refuse to Refueling: Linde and Waste Management Discuss Landfill Gas to LNG Plant

5. Waste Management and Terrabon Announce Investment Agreement for Waste-To-Fuel Conversion Technology

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