Tag: MSW

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation

June 10, 2018 |

The Digest’s #1 Hottest Company, LanzaTech, is at it again with firsts! It’s making dreams become reality! Instead of sugarplums dancing in our heads, we have visions of a carbon smart future in our lifetime. It’s so exciting that maybe we’ll see them show up on the “7 wonders of the world” list that catalogues […]

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It doesn’t stink – North America’s first closed-loop waste management system opens

It doesn’t stink – North America’s first closed-loop waste management system opens

March 11, 2018 |

In Canada, Surrey’s Biofuel Facility officially opened in the Port Kells industrial area in the British Columbia province. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The facility converts curbside organic waste into renewable biofuel to fuel the City’s fleet of natural gas-powered waste collection and […]

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Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem turns trash to cash

Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem turns trash to cash

February 17, 2018 |

In Canada, more big news is coming out of Enerkem with the latest waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam to be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for non-recyclable wastes, converting waste plastics and other mixed wastes into new raw materials. Background In case you’ve been hibernating this winter and […]

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Edmonton falls short of waste diversion and biofuel goals

Edmonton falls short of waste diversion and biofuel goals

February 3, 2018 |

In Canada, a garbage audit shows that the city of Edmonton is not meeting its waste diversion goals, partially due to Enerkem’s biofuels project not running at full capacity. Enerkem turns Edmonton’s municipal solid waste into methanol and ethanol. The audit report also shows that the amount of waste diverted from the landfill has declined […]

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Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

January 14, 2018 |

We dreamed of the day waste projects would get the funding needed to gain ground, and that day may have finally come. One of the most remembered parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is when he said “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the […]

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Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-ethanol tech

Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-ethanol tech

December 6, 2017 |

In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech, have successfully demonstrated the production of ethanol from unsorted municipal solid waste — which can be used directly as a fuel or as a precursor to butadiene (a key raw material in the production of synthetic fibers and rubber), isopropanol, and isoprene — which themselves are used to make […]

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Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals story

Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals story

December 6, 2017 |

Sekisui Chemicals, LanzaTech break-through in MSW-to-ethanol demonstration Today we return to the subject of landfill, or as we like to think of it, the Island of Misfit Feedstocks. We’ll continue the storyline with a welcome technology breakthrough, and begin with the observation that of all the things that people throw into a landfill, no one […]

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MSW as a feedstock: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ionic Liquid Pre-treatment

MSW as a feedstock: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ionic Liquid Pre-treatment

January 30, 2017 |

It’s been the big, big problem in biomass deconstruction and cellulosic fuels — the finicky nature of biomass. We’ve learned to get past the main line of cellulosic defenses — but by and large it’s been a feedstock-by-feedstock, multi-step process, not well suited for competing with $60 oil when the biomass cost itself has risen […]

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BPCL to invest $75 million in 2G ethanol plant in Kochi

BPCL to invest $75 million in 2G ethanol plant in Kochi

September 26, 2016 |

In India, a $75 million second-generation ethanol plant using MSW and agricultural waste as feedstock has been announced for Kochi, where it will be located at the BPCL-Kochi Refinery. The technology provider for the facility was not mentioned during the announcement Friday but Praj has indicated recently that it will be developing several second-generation ethanol […]

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New report looks at LCA of biofuels from MSW

New report looks at LCA of biofuels from MSW

August 17, 2016 |

In North Carolina, a new report from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation uses a first-of-its-kind Life-Cycle Assessment model of biofuel production using MSW to assess the environmental impacts associated with MSW conversion via landfill gas-to-energy, waste-to-energy, and gasification/Fischer-Tropsch. How current infrastructure could be used to support an MSW-to-biofuels industry is also explored using North […]

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