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No Smell, No Noise, No Worry—Visit To Harvest Power Plant In Florida Allays Concerns

A proposed new trash-to-gas-to-electricity facility proposed to be built and operated at a section of the Bourne landfill should not pose any odor or noise pollution problems to the town. That was the upshot of a presentation to the Bourne Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, February 17, by the Bourne Landfill Business Model Working Group and Harvest Power, the company that would build and run the plant.

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4 unlikely facts about phosphorus
There has perhaps never been as large an issue for the Eastern Shore's agricultural industry than pending regulations on phosphorus output on crops and, by extension, the use of chicken manure as fertilizer...For as much fervor as there is over the application of phosphorus on crops, where it comes from presents its own problem. If humans want to continue to eat chicken, they'll inevitably have to deal with its byproduct like any other animal on this planet. But critics of the regulations say the cost of moving and disposing of the chicken litter outside of those farms may be too high, and no truly successful method to do so has yet been proposed. Others, like Patrick Serfass of the American Biogas Council, contend there is a legitimate market on how to use the nutrient in a different way.Serfass, who represents a group that claims it can turn phosphorus-rich waste into renewable gas, said companies are prepared to introduce the technology to the state of Maryland en masse. More>>

How to turn sewage into a product people want
Can you run a stodgy water utility like a business? Turn sewer water into money? This is the premise behind what's called the “digester” process at DC Water's Blue Plains wastewater plant. “That's why we don't call this a waste treatment facility,” says DC Water CEO George Hawkins. “It is an enriched water facility, that's a resource.” More>>

Waste-biogas is at least ten times more effective than crop-biogas at reducing greenhouse gas emissions
In a paper just released in the leading bioenergy journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, researchers from Bangor University and the Thünen Institute in Germany conclude that crop-biogas and liquid biofuels are at best inefficient options for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, per hectare of land used and per £ public subsidy required. At worst these options could actually lead to higher global GHG emissions owing to indirect land use change caused by displacement of food production. In comparison, waste-biogas and Miscanthus (woody grass) heating pellets achieve at least ten times more GHG mitigation per tonne of dry matter biomass and per hectare of land used, respectively, leading to cost-effective GHG mitigation. More>>

Good Policy Should Float all Bio-Boats
There are exciting biobased industry developments happening all across the U.S., no doubt about it. Biobased industry development is also facing its share of challenges, but significant opportunities can be found at the state and local level. In Minnesota, there are project proposals moving forward in the metropolitan area that would use anaerobic digestion (AD) to process organic material from households and institutions to produce biogas. The biogas would be cleaned and compressed to fuel garbage trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles. These projects will help metropolitan counties reach increased recycling goals and zero waste goals for the city of Minneapolis. More>>

Gas-to-Liquid Methanol Plant Offers Revenue Stream for Biogas, Landfill Gas Producers
Alternative chemicals and fuels producer Maverick Synfuels has announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants convert biogas from sources such as anaerobic digesters and landfills into higher value methanol, widely used in industrial chemicals. When paired with anaerobic digesters that produce renewable biogas from organic waste, the Maverick Oasis BG product line is the first small-scale system that simultaneously reduces greenhouse gas emissions while helping to solve environmental problems associated with dairy and swine waste as well as other organic waste, the company says. More>>

Generating biogas in composting plants
Composting plants can do more than just convert the content of organic waste containers into nutrient-rich soil. If the facilities are supplemented with an additional biogas stage, energy can also be generated there. To achieve this, the organic waste is pre-pressed and the liquid generated is digested in digesters. The BINE-Projektinfo brochure “Organic waste: combining compost and biogas” (17/2014) presents this process for generating biogas along with the initial practical experiences. The developers have paid particular attention to achieving an economical process that is not susceptible to faults. More>>

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AD Co-Products Working Group's Digestate Task Force Meeting
The meeting of the AD Co-Products Working Group's Digestate Task Force/Subgroup will take place from 3-4 PM ET every Wednesday. The meetings are set to take place weekly, unless otherwise noted. More>>

RNG Working Group
The RNG Working Group meets the first Wednesday of the month from 2-3 PM ET. More>>

Finance Working Group
Finance Working Group meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month from 3-4 PM ET. More>>

Operators Working Group
The Operators Working Group meets monthly, on the first Thursday of every month from 11 am-12 pm ET. More>>

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