Friday, September 29, 2017

IADAB News Weekly - Edition 2: New Food Waste (FW) Plants, FW from Strawberries, WRAP Tackling FW & Irish Feed-in-Tariff

Date: 29 September 2107

It’s Friday the 29 September 2017, and this is Issue 2 of IADAB News Weekly, where we summarise the most important news of the week in the developing world of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry, in the UK and globally! 

Alright, let’s get started… This week's news, has been all about food waste, feed-in-tariffs. We did not plan it that way, but when researching this weeks articles we simply found it has coincidentally been the topic of the week.

Scroll down to find out about how:
  • Britcon has completed a £32m AD Plant For ReFood
  • How £30m of Food Waste is created in the UK from strawberries and lettuce processing alone, and
  • According to WRAP what can be done to reduce this waste.
  • Last but not least; How in New York the development of food waste Anaerobic Digestion facilities is transforming organic waste into fertiliser and clean energy.
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And Finally; we move away from food waste to report on:
  • Irish Plans for a New Feed-in-Tariff to create a rapid step up in their renewable energy use
  • How a Young Staffordshire Farmer is establishing his own AD Business, all before he reaches the age of 30. 
Those stories are coming up right after this....

Britcon Completes £32m AD Plant For ReFood

Britcon has successfully completed on the contract to deliver a new, £32m anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham for food waste recycler ReFood (UK) Ltd.

The new £32m plant in Dagenham is the most advanced integrated AD plant dedicated to food waste in the south of England.

The gas to grid (G2G) facility is capable of recycling 160,000 tonnes of food waste each year generating 14 million m3 of biogas.

Using G2G technology this is upgraded to reflect the qualities of natural gas – allowing it to be injected directly in to the national grid and used to power 12,600 homes across the region. via CIWM Journal

£30m Food Waste Created From Strawberries and Lettuce Processing Alone, Says WRAP

New research from WRAP, published today, has highlighted the significant financial, environmental and efficiency benefits inherent in tackling food waste in primary production, as it showed that an estimated £30m of UK strawberry and lettuce produce ended up as waste in 2015.

WRAP has also announced a series of sector-wide projects tackling food waste in primary production that have brought together farmers, growers, producers, hospitality and food service businesses and retailers through the organisation’s Courtauld Commitment 2025. via CIWM Journal

US News: Biopower Reports on a New York Development of Food Waste Anaerobic Digester Facilities Transforming Organic Waste Into Fertilizer and Clean Energy

When it comes to food and the sheer volume discarded annually, the United States reportedly ranks as one of the largest organic waste generators in the world. Each year, the United States discards up to 60 million tons of produce, according to a recent estimate. 
Businesses in New York City alone send about 650,000 tons of food waste annually to nearby landfills—a staggering and extraordinary amount of organic material that the city is aggressively trying to manage. 
Large cities, such as New York, are recognizing the problem and taking action. Of immediate concern are already overburdened landfills, where organic waste decays and decomposes, spawning harmful greenhouse gas emissions and toxic ozone pollution.  ...
Instead of dumping the waste in landfills, scraps are diverted to organic waste sites and transformed into renewable energy.  
One such company doing just that is Yaphank-based American Organic Energy (AOE), which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo credited as a model for harnessing renewable energy. 
AOE will accept 180,000 tons per year of food waste, 30,000 tons of fats, oil, and greases, and an additional 10,000 tons of gas clippings.
Charles Vigliotti, AOE’s chief executive, told The New York Times Magazine that the biogas produced at his facility could generate an astounding nearly 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.  This newly harnessed energy will help power his facility, can be sold to an electric company, and may also be used to fuel its fleet of trucks.
In AOE’s case, the biogas company partnered with Scott’s Miracle-Gro to create high-nutrient water that eventually becomes organic nitrogen fertilizer. via AOE and Other Anaerobic Digester Facilities Protect Environment By Transforming Organic Waste Into Fertilizer and Clean Energy

Ireland: New Feed-in Tariff Promotes Biogas Potential

In the course of 2017, Ireland intends to initiate their energy reform with a new feed-in tariff for renewable energies. The government plans to increase the amount of green electricity from the current figure of about 23 percent to 40 percent by 2020. 

The tariff system is to establish a favourable environment for biogas plant operation. 

In view of the extensive agricultural and waste resource potential available in Ireland, WELTEC BIOPOWER UK will showcase its AD plant technologies at the Energy Now Expo Ireland, which will be held in the end of October in The Hub in Kilkenny.

In early September, the Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) announced the adoption of a new subsidy regime to promote renewable energies, to be known as the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS). So far, Ireland has been the only European country without an incentive scheme for heat from renewable sources. However, the green island has to meet EU requirements by 2020. via Weltec News and Events

Young Farmer Securing the future with Anaerobic Digestion

Young Farmer Rob Greenow has successfully established his own AD business, allowing him to secure his future in agriculture, all before the age of 30.

Combining an interest in renewable energy with his farming experience, Staffordshire-based Rob established AD management business, BioG UK, just a couple of years after leaving university.

“While studying at Reading University I completed my dissertation on ammonia volatisation and the spreading application types of digestate from AD Plants,” he explained. 
“At the time AD was only just becoming popular in the agricultural industry but I could see the future potential. 

So, after graduation, I joined an AD company and was involved in the planning and running of various sites.

“But, in 2012 I decided to go it alone and set up BioG UK, hoping that one day I would be able to establish my own AD plant.” 

Although Rob intially hoped to support farmers through the feasibility and planning stages of an AD plant build, he found that the business soon changed direction.

“After two years I shifted the focus of the business to concentrate on helping existing AD plant owners troubleshoot and manage their plants," he said. 
“And in 2016 I completed the purchase of my own 162-acre arable farm. This was around the same time two years’ worth of planning came off for the development of my own AD plant at Batchacre Hall Farm, Staffordshire.". 
“I’m really looking forward to the future – AD is an exciting area to be involved in and I encourage anyone looking to diversify to consider it.”
 via Securing the future with anaerobic digestion

Other Articles of Interest

Evaluation of Integrated Anaerobic Digestion and Hydrothermal Carbonization for Bioenergy Production | Protocol via Evaluation of Integrated Anaerobic Digestion and Hydrothermal Carbonization for Bioenergy Production | Protocol

ADBA has placed an update on their Best Practice Scheme for AD Plant Operators. They say their pilot which was set up to test the scheme, has now been completed, which means that they are on-track to open the scheme to AD plant operator applicants autumn/winter 2017.

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Acknowledgement to Weltec Biopower for the images used this month.

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