October 1, 2017 – From coffee grounds, to leftover fettuccine alfredo, to the slimy, brown head of lettuce forgotten at the back of your fridge, the Ontario government is aiming to keep all organic waste away from landfills. It’s an ambitious target for a province that generates nearly 12 million tonnes of waste a year — more than 850 kilograms per person — and only recycles about a quarter of that amount. If improvements aren’t made, the province’s landfills could run out of capacity within the next 20 years, the government warns.
October 3, 2017 – The anaerobic digestion of chicken manure presents a number of problems, foremost among which are a high organic nitrogen content and the fermentation stage. By lowering temperatures it is possible to reduce ammonia inhibition by up to 50%. DBFZ is also studying the mono-digestion processes of chicken manure, currently treated by co-digestion.
October 3, 2017 – A study by the French Ministry of Energy Transition states that the biogas market in France continues to develop at a good pace. Injection capacities keep increasing as well as electricity production. The report states that injection capacity of biomethane into the gas grid in France equals to 37 GWh/year and reaches a cumulative total capacity of 533 GWh/year. It also points out that the number of installations able to produce and inject biogas has more than doubled compared to the previous year. Biomethane production also rose by 13% in the last semester.
October 3, 2017 – More and more companies are finding that biogas and farming go hand in hand. One farm in Canada has found a financially and environmentally beneficial way to recycle their organic waste of discard potatoes and reject chips. Bioenergy Insight related this successful story. It focuses on the successful actions made to use waste – potatoes, manure, fruits, to produce biogas and biomethane, in order to power and heat hundreds of homes. It shows how recycling their organic waste to produce biomethane has enabled companies to diversify their revenue stream. At the same time, they have reduced farming costs by using the nutrient rich digestate as a fertiliser.
October 3, 2017 – The French government plans to invest 20 billion euros in an energy transition plan, including 9 billion euros towards improved energy efficiency, 7 billion for renewables and 4 billion to precipitate the switch to cleaner vehicles. The environment-related investments, drafted by economist Jean Pisani-Ferry and presented by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday, are part of a 57 billion-euro investment plan to run from 2018 to 2022.
October 3, 2017 – NGF Nature Energy has revealed it increased its biomethane production to 16.6 million m³ in the first six month of this year. The company’s financial statement, published on 7 September, reports that production had increased by 28.7% since the first half of 2016 when it produced 12.8 million m³ of biomethane. The company also revealed it processed 550,000 tonnes of waste in the first half of this year, as Nature Energy said its long-term growth was “expected to come” from biogas.
October 3, 2017 – ADBA has released the second edition of The Practical Guide to AD, a key guidance document for developing and operating anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities in the UK. The Guide covers key topics of relevance to AD operators, including feedstocks, producing and using biogas and biomethane, digestate, planning, regulation, funding and insurance, training, and health and safety. It has been produced by over 50 contributors, a team of reviewers and external stakeholders with expertise and knowledge of the industry and contains the latest regulatory, policy and technological developments in the AD sector.
October 4, 2017 – On Oct. 4, the U.S EPA published a proposal that that could reduce 2018 and 2019 blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Federal Register, officially opening a 15-day comment period. Comments are due Oct. 19. The agency released a prepublication version of the proposal on Sept. 26. That proposal, or notice of data availability (NODA), seeks comments on potential reductions in 2018 and 2019 RFS renewable volume obligations (RVOs).
October 4, 2017 – The technology group Wärtsilä has reached an agreement to acquire Puregas Solutions, the Sweden based provider of turnkey biogas upgrading solutions. Puregas is a leading player in its field with subsidiary companies in Germany, Denmark, the U.K., and the USA. The company utilises a unique CApure process to convert raw biogas to biomethane and renewable natural gas. The transaction is valued (enterprise value) at SEK 280m (EUR 29m) with an additional maximum sum of SEK 70m (EUR 7.3m) to be paid based on the performance of the business in the coming year.
October 5, 2017 – New trucks from Volvo running on LNG offer the same performance as diesel, but with 20-100% lower CO₂ emissions. Volvo Trucks is now introducing Euro VI-compliant heavy duty trucks running on liquefied natural gas or biogas. Sales of Volvo FM LNG and Volvo FH LNG will start during spring 2018. The new trucks have the same performance, drivability and fuel consumption as Volvo’s diesel-powered models. Furthermore, the new trucks’ CO₂ emissions are 20–100 per cent lower compared with diesel, depending on choice of fuel. The new FH LNG and FM LNG are available with 420 or 460 hp for heavy regional and long-haul operations.