In our latest complimentary market update, we provide you with a review of activity in the Waste, Bioenergy and Recycling sectors from the past year. Of the 1,598 projects reported on in 2016, 925 were newly-added during the year, equal to an average of 77 per month. The remaining 673 were status updates on projects reported on prior to 2016.
Key points from this report:
- The total value of reported projects was US$149.4 billion, equal to US$93 million each on average.
- Total feedstock capacity in 2016 was 337.1 million tonnes, which is equal to 210,970 per project and 659 tonnes per day.
- AcuComm estimates that around 66.3% of projects involved some form of electricity power generation, averaging 26 MW each.
As to be expected, Municipal Solid Waste was the leading feedstock type reported on in 2016, accounting for 31.2% of the projects. This was followed by wood, accounting for around 16%. This can represent either waste wood materials or specially-grown wood and is principally used in biomass boilers and power plants.
In 2016, the leading technology type was incineration involving energy recovery (waste-to-energy (WtE) incineration). These projects accounted for almost half of the total at 46.7%. The next was anaerobic digestion/biogas facilities, which accounted for around 17% of the total.
AcuComm estimates that 472 of the projects reported on in 2016 are fully operational, as of January 2017. These have a combined value of US$29.1 billion, estimated capacity of 70.5 million tonnes and power generation of 4,936 MW. A further 402 projects are currently under construction and are generally larger, therefore taking longer to complete. Meanwhile, 219 projects are in various stages of planning, although not all will come to fruition.
Approximately 355 of projects not yet operational will get under way this year, with a further 168 to do so in 2018.
To read further into this report, and discover which regions and companies were primarily involved in the sector in 2016, click here.
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