Albion Community Power Funds Biogas Project

Joanna Schroeder

Albion Community Power (ACP) has funded the development of a small scale landfill gas engine in Docking, Norfolk (UK). The project will be developed in conjunction with ACP’s biogas partner AlphaGen Renewables who will oversee the installation and operation of a 50kW microgeneration landfill gas engine. The project will generate power from the landfill gas resource at the site under …

biogas, Electricity, International, Waste-to-Energy

UIC Researchers Convert Waste Carbon to Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) scientists, under the lead of Amin Salehi-Khojin, UIC professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas. The syngas is a percursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products and this recent achievement in the the research team’s process has brought the production …

Alternative energy, biogas, Carbon Dioxide, Research

Crop Residues, Manure Hold Great Potential for Bioenergy

John Davis

Crop residues and manure hold great potential as bioenergy sources, especially in areas such as the Midwest where row crops and livestock provide all the ingredients. This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says those resources will need some help, though, from the right policies, practices, and investments. UCS analysis finds that by 2030, U.S. farmers could sustainably …

bioenergy, biofuels, biogas, biomass, Cellulosic, Ethanol

Smithfield’s Renewable Energy Commitment Tangible

Joanna Schroeder

Smithfield Foods commitment to renewable energy is showing tangible results according to the company. During the past several years, the company has been monitoring scientific advancements that have removed barriers to efficiently and sustainably create renewable energy from agricultural waste, in particular the use of anaerobic digestion processes that covert decomposing organic matter, such as hog manure, into renewable energy. …

Alternative energy, biodigester, biogas, Electricity, Waste-to-Energy

Renewable Energy Project in NC Begins

Joanna Schroeder

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held by Revolution Energy Solutions (RES), a company focused on waste-to-electricity projects, for its inaugural North Carolina anaerobic digestion project, coined NC-1. The project is currently one of the largest and most progressive farm-based biogas projects in the state. The event included representatives from RES along with farm hosts Murphy Family Ventures, as well as …

Agribusiness, Alternative energy, biogas, Electricity, Waste-to-Energy

EcoEngineers Recieves “Waste Stream” Funding

Joanna Schroeder

EcoEngineers has been awarded a State Energy Program Formula grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to conduct a feasibility study of waste-to-energy projects in Iowa. The grant will enable EcoEngineers to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of converting biogenic waste streams from Iowa’s agricultural, livestock and industrial operations and municipal solid waste into renewable natural gas (biogas). …

biogas, Renewable Energy, Waste-to-Energy

Biogas Project Added at Middlesex Water Company

Joanna Schroeder

A new biogas system designed to optimize the production of electricity from methane has been completed in the Village of Ridgewood, New Jersey. Partners in the project included Natural Systems Utilities (NSU), Middlesex Water Company (MWC) and American Refining and Biochemical (ARB). The biogas project will power the water pollution control plant and reduce its electric demand on the grid, …

biogas, Renewable Energy

WW2 Air Raid Bunker Converted to “Energy Bunker”

Joanna Schroeder

A former air raid bunker has been transformed into an “Energy Bunker” in the district of Wilhelmsburg, located in Hamburg, Germany. The project was part of the 2013 International Building Exhibition Hamburg (IBA) that kicked off this week. The massive building had been derelict for several decades but is now the host of a regenerative power plant supplying the surrounding …

Alternative energy, biogas, energy efficiency, International, Solar, Wind

Hydro Dynamics Makes “ShockWaves” in Biogas Plant

Joanna Schroeder

Hydro Dynamics, Inc. (HDI) has announced Azienda Agricola Luzi, located in the Marche region of Italy, has installed the ShockWave Power Reactor (SPR) in their biogas plant. The plant has installed the BioSPR 15 model sized for its 100 KW capacity. It is the second fully commercial install of the SPR technology for biogas in Italy with several more planned …

Alternative energy, biogas

Getting to Know Nelson Engineering

Joanna Schroeder

Do you know Nelson Engineering? No, well you should. The company hit my radar a few weeks ago while in Galva, Iowa during the Quad County Corn Processors ground-breaking for its new Adding Cellulosic Ethanol “ACE” project, a bolt-on technology innovation that will specialize in converting corn fiber into cellulosic ethanol. Nelson Engineering is the lead engineering firm on this …

ACE, ACE Ethanol Conference, biogas, Ethanol