#EditorsPick – Waste Transfer Station

Canada: Development of a new transfer station
Metro Vancouver has confirmed to AcuComm that it is currently designing a new C$40 million transfer station in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The facility will house a recycling centre that will meet the strict environmental and sustainability guidelines.

Construction is expected to begin during 2018, with the station scheduled to be operational in late 2019.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news on this project by clicking here.

To find out how access to AcuComm’s project database could benefit your organisation, arrange a demo with one of the team today.

Weekly Projects Update – 50 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$4,705m

In the week ended 18th November 2016, AcuComm added 50 new or updated projects to our Business db, worth an estimated US$4,705 million and waste capacity of just under 8.2 million tonnes.

The total estimated investment value of projects in our database is now US$344.2 billion.

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  • MSW was the leading feedstock reported on, accounting for an estimated 3.6 million tonnes, or 44.6% of the total. This was followed by wood with just under 2.3 million tonnes.
  • The leading country from the past week was the USA with 15 projects. This was followed by the UK with ten and Canada with five.

At AcuComm, our unique understanding of the Waste, Bioenergy and Recycling sectors means that we can provide leading organisations with the strategic insights required to make business-critical decisions. Our Weekly Project Updates provide just a glimpse into this information, which our researchers are collecting on daily basis.

Get in touch with one of the team today to find out how we can help.

Product development at AcuComm – We put our customers’ needs at the heart of what we do

AcuComm has never been a company to rest on its laurels. Innovation is central to our ethos. As the first company of our type to support organisations operating in the Waste, Bioenergy and Recycling industries, we are committed to continually improving our products and services.

To demonstrate this, we’ve put together a timeline for the new developments we have rolled out to our customers.

Regional Search: March 2015
Back in March last year, we implemented improvements to our website’s Search function. One of these was the introduction of Regional Search, which has since allowed organisations to research specific areas from across the globe, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Americas and more.

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‘Essential’ Reports: November 2015
Not only do AcuComm’s ‘Essential’ Reports provide you with the most comprehensive overview of global plant developments across a number of sectors, but they also give you the direct contact details for key decision-makers who are associated with each project in a separate Microsoft Excel file.

One of our customers who has benefited from access to quality contact details is Andrew Whitworth, Regional Sales Manager at Cogenco Ltd (Veolia CHP).

“At Veolia CHP we use the AcuComm service to enable us to have full awareness of market activity. This service is invaluable when it comes to lead generation and has the added benefit of keeping us up-to-date with existing project movement. The greatest asset of the service is the quality of the contacts, often supplying information for the individual responsible for the scheme.”

We have so far monitored plant developments in a range of Reports, including:

Search Analytics: February 2016
As part of AcuComm’s Search function, Analytics is designed to be a quick way for both non-subscribers and paid subscribers to access a meaningful visual overview of the scope of business opportunities available to their organisations. By selecting project criteria, Search instantly generates a tailored list of relevant projects, complete with short-medium term forecasts and a robust set of metrics:

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Graph 1: Investment
This graph shows the reported/estimated US$ value of investments reported for the search criteria, by the quarter their associated projects are expected to become operational. This allows you to get an idea of the value of investments, and also the typical time taken for the given project type to reach operational status.

Graph 2: Capacity
This graph shows the reported/estimated feedstock capacity on the selected projects, split by broad size. There are three groups: Less than 50,000 tonnes per year, 50,000 – 200,000 tonnes per year, and 200,000+ tonnes per year. This allows you to see the typical size of projects in a given sector, by size of waste/feedstock throughput.

Graph 3: Power Generation
Similarly to Graph 2, this metric creates an overview of the planned power generation for the selected project group. There are three groups: Less than 5 MW, 5 MW – 40 MW, and 40 MW+. This allows you to see the typical size of projects in a given sector, by planned/estimated power generation.

Graph 4: Operational Due Date
This graph shows the reported or anticipated operational date for the selected projects. The bars refer to the number of projects/investments made, and the quarter in which they are due to become operational.

The Container: February 2016
As part of exclusive access for our paid subscribers, we have developed a storage container facility, so customers can save their favourite projects. Projects in the storage container can be downloaded as an Excel file or printed in PDF format, there is no limit to the number of containers any customer can create.

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Research Resources: May 2016
Since the beginning of 2015, AcuComm’s database has doubled in size for both projects and contacts.

Period Projects Contacts
2012 – 2014 2056 5651
2015 – 2016 2351 7485
August 2016 4407 13,136

Back in May this year, we invested in additional research resources and internal development of the research operating system to enable more efficient project updates and new project publications. As well as this, we also added two new search criteria functions:

Company/Contact Level:

  • Search by ‘Company Interest Area’ (Company Business Type)
  • Search by ‘Contacts Role’ (Architect, Equipment Supplier, etc.)

This development has meant that together with other search functions, we offer users an extremely broad opportunity to interrogate the projects database.

Adam Shore, Business Director – Energy Business Unit, has shared how M+W Group make use of AcuComm’s research resources:

“M+W Group uses AcuComm on a weekly and monthly basis, to gather and distribute valuable market insight and lead generation on projects happening in our target areas around the world. AcuComm excels at providing high quality information, excellent contact details and dedicated user support.”

Please note – only companies/contacts that relate to projects can be searched.

Saved Searches: August 2016
To compliment the container storage facility we have developed our product platform even further so that customers can now save a search into a similar storage facility. When a saved search is clicked it is re-run as if for the first time, so any new updates or new projects that meet the search criteria are updated and/or added. Moreover, an existing search can be filtered and refined, then saved with a different name (which is useful for people who wish to create similar multiple saved searches). As with the container storage facility, there is no limit to the number of saved searches any customer can create.

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We are already working on our next new initiatives to support our customers even further, so keep an eye out over the next few months for further details.

In the meantime, to experience how AcuComm’s could benefit your organisation, visit our website or book a demo with the team today.

#Editors’Pick – Recycling, WtE and anaerobic digestion facilities

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United States: Construction of the world’s first commercial clean battery recycling facility
Aqua Metals opened the world’s first AquaRefinery clean battery recycling commercial facility on 28th July in McCarran, NV. The AquaRefinery is due to achieve a production rate of 80 tonnes of lead per day by the end of 2016 and then expand production to 160 tonnes per day by 2018.

The company designed the facility in order to accommodate a total of 32 AquaRefining modules and additional battery breaking and component separations equipment sufficient to support expansion.

For more information on the new facility, click here.

Vietnam: Construction of a US$47 million WtE plant
China Everbright International has won a build-own-operate contract for the Can Tho waste-to-energy (WtE) project. The facility will be Vietnam’s first high standard WtE project.

It is designed to have a daily household waste processing capacity of 400 tonnes and will be equipped with a 7.5 MW power generator. This is expected to generate approximately 60,000,000 kWh of green electricity annually.

For the latest updates, click here.

UK: Construction of a 550,000 tpa WtE plant
Wheelabrator Technologies is to build a new £340 million waste-to-energy (WtE) plant at Kemsley, near Sittingbourne in Kent. The K3 CHP facility will process approximately 550,000 tonnes per annum of waste and supply up to 154 GWh of renewable electricity annually to the National Grid, as well as 180 GWh of heat to the DS Smith paper mill at Kemsley. Generating capacity will be 45 MW.

On 28th July 2016, the Green Investment Bank announced that it has committed £80 million of senior debt to the construction of the facility and Wheelabrator has secured more than £300 million of debt. Constructions industrielles de la Méditerranée (CNIM) has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project.

Keep up with the latest developments here.

Denmark: Construction of an 11 MW AD plant
One of the largest anaerobic digestion plants in Europe has been completed at Bevtoft in Vojens, with a biomethane output capacity equivalent to an electricity output of 11 MW.

The plant was developed by a 50-50 joint venture between E.ON and Sønderjysk Biogas (a collective of the 82 farmers supplying the substrate).

Click here to find out more.

Senate passes energy bill on ‘carbon-neutral’ biomass

The first major update to America’s energy policy in over eight years passed through the Senate last month, with a new amendment which would direct federal agencies to establish policies that classify biomass as renewable and carbon-neutral.

Unlike solar and wind energies, which are limitless in supply and do not contribute carbon to the atmosphere, biomass products can be regrown and sequester carbon from the environment once more, leading people to believe it should be classed as a renewable energy source. The new provision (the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, S.2012), if enacted, would provide clarity and consistency in a rapidly changing energy industry. It would encourage renewable energy development and facilitate improvements in infrastructure and the rapidly changing energy industry itself. The bill has now been passed to the House of Representatives, which must also approve it in order for it to then be sent to the President for signing into law.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who offered the amendment, stated “biomass energy is sustainable, responsible, renewable and economically significant as an energy source, and many states are already relying on biomass to meet their renewable energy goals”.

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has expressed its support for the amendment, but critics fear that a biomass boom could cause issues for the environment, such as forest clearcutting.

For more information on the new bill, click here.