Denver Zoo Halts Biomass Project

Carl Weinschenk

The Denver Zoo has backed off a plan to turn animal waste into fuel pellets, though it has left the door open to revisiting the idea. The Denver Post says that zoo officials made the decisions due to financial pressures and technical uncertainty. The plan had been opposed by some area residents who were uncertain   …Continue Reading

Sendik’s Food Stores Installing Waste to Energy Equipment

Carl Weinschenk

Sendik’s, a chain of markets, is installing Grind2Energy waste-to-energy equipment in 11 of its 12 stores and its distribution center in the Milwaukee area, according to the Journal Sentinel.   The program’s pilot, which started last year, was conducted in Mequon, WI. That store has reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills from eight   …Continue Reading

Grand Rapids Upgrades Energy Efficiency of Waste Water Treatment Plant

Carl Weinschenk

The Michigan Waste Water Treatment Plant in Grand Rapids has successfully completed the first phase of an energy efficiency program with OpTerra Energy Services. The program, which is aligned with a broader city sustainability initiative, is expected to save $2.2 million in energy expenditures during the next 15 years. The program started in 2013. It features   …Continue Reading

Anaerobic Digester Project Starts on Long Island, NY

Carl Weinschenk

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of an anaerobic digester facility in the Long Island town of Yaphank. Anaerobic digestion is a biological process that leads to the release of biogas. The new center will be operated by American Organic Energy at Long Island Compost’s 62-acre facility. It will process more than twice   …Continue Reading

Hydrogen from Landfill Powers Forklifts at BMW Plant

Carl Weinschenk

Fuel cells fueled by garbage are being used at a BMW plant in Greer, S.C. Five groups – the auto maker, the Energy Department, Ameresco, the Gas Technology Institute and the South Carolina Research Authority – are working together on the project. The latest sign of progress – and a big one it was –   …Continue Reading

Biomass Group Studies Role in Clean Power Plan

Carl Weinschenk

Biomass, which provides about 2.5 percent of power in the U.S., is one of the technologies that the Obama Administration pointed to in the Clean Power Plan released on August 3. If and how the technology will be leveraged is unclear, however, and will be determined on a case by case basis, according to Bob Cleaves,   …Continue Reading

PHG to Build Big Gasification Plant for Sevier Solid Waste

Carl Weinschenk

PHG Energy will build a biomass gasification plant for Sevier Solid Waste in Pigeon Forge, TN. The facility will be capable of cleanly converting more than 30 tons of composted material into thermal energy daily. At the same time, it will produce valuable high-carbon biochar. Sevier Solid Waste is a garbage composting plant serving Sevierville,   …Continue Reading

Ensuring Renewable Energy Goals Become a Reality in the Caribbean

Al Maiorino

The islands of the Caribbean are not only some of the most popular tourist destinations, but they are also economically and ecologically diverse regions with growing energy needs. The strength of each island’s tourism industry, which comprises a large portion their gross domestic product, is largely supported by the beautiful ecology that attracts visitors to   …Continue Reading

Biomass Supplements Output of Geothermal Power Plant

Linda Hardesty

Enel Green Power has brought online a biomass plant to heat geothermal steam at the Cornia 2 geothermal power plant in Tuscany, Italy. The project will increase both the energy efficiency and the power output of the geothermal cycle. A small power plant fueled by forest biomass sourced from within a radius of 70 km   …Continue Reading

PNNL to Provide Technology Assistance to Small Clean Energy Firms

Karen Henry

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been tapped as one of five national laboratories to lead the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV will help small clean energy firms get technology assistance from scientists, engineers and facilities within the DOE national laboratory system. PNNL was selected to support small   …Continue Reading