California’s Biogas Potential

The American Biogas Council has rated California as No. 1 in terms of its biogas potential. With 301 biogas systems installed, the Council sees the potential for up to new 1,294 systems, capable of producing a total of 181.6 billion cubic feet of biogas per year. The capital investment potential is thought to be US$3.9 billion.

Farm-derived manure is expected to have the greatest potential, with capacity for over new 900 systems, compared to the 38 currently in use. These new manure-derived systems could account for over half of all biogas output in the state.

Potential for new biogas systems in California

American Biogas Council

Source: American Biogas Council, 2022

Further details can be found on the American Biogas Council website: https://lnkd.in/e7ffWzWu

AcuComm has information and contact details for 55 projects related to biogas and anaerobic digesters in California in its WasteView Contract Finder database – find out more here.

 

Nature Energy to invest US$5.3 billion in new biogas plants.

Nature Energy, based in Odense in Denmark, has announced a new strategy for growth, outlining plans to invest DKK 35 billion (US$5.3 billion) by 2030 in the construction of new biogas plants in international markets. By 2024, Nature Energy plans to be building between 10 and 15 new plants annually.

Nature Energy currently operates 12 biogas plants in the EU, and by 2022, the company will have further extended its portfolio with plants in new markets in Europe and North America.

At the same time, the company has a number of new technologies in the pipeline  says CEO Ove Hvelplund, which will help it to halve its production costs over time.

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To view coverage of Nature Energy’s project activity in AcuComm’s Waste Contract Finder database, simply click here https://tinyurl.com/jm2upjc8

New Investment Review: AD/Biogas

In August 2021, AcuComm reported on 10 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$340 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 79 MW (or 8 MW on average at each plant) and consume 2.5 million tonnes of feedstock. This new activity was reported in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Netherlands, Poland, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (September 2020 to August 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 231 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$4.8 billion, of which 39% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry).

Top Countries by Investment Value: 12-month period (US$mn)

NIR Sep 2021 AD Biogas

Project Tonnage by Waste Type: 12-month period  (%)

NIR Sep 2021 AD Biogas2

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its AD/Biogas New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas
  • Waste-to-Fuel.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

New Investment Review: AD/Biogas

In July 2021, AcuComm reported on 15 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$243 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 75 MW (or 5 MW on average at each plant) and consume 1.4 million tonnes of feedstock, of which 34% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry). This new activity was reported in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (August 2020 to July 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 231 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$4.8 billion.

Project Tonnage by Waste Type: 12-month period  (%)

NIR AD Biogas Aug 2021

Top Countries by Investment Value: 12-month period (US$mn)

NIR AD Biogas Aug 2021b

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its AD/Biogas New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas
  • Waste-to-Fuel.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

New Investment Review: AD/Biogas

In June 2021, AcuComm reported on 30 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$979 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 175 MW (or 6 MW on average at each plant) and consume almost 3.9 million tonnes of feedstock, of which 35% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry). This new activity was reported in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (July 2020 to June 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 233 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$4.8 billion.

Project Tonnage by Waste Type: 12-month period  (%)

NIR AD Biogas July 21

Top Countries by Investment Value: 12-month period (US$mn)

NIR AD Biogas b July 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its AD/Biogas New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas
  • Waste-to-Fuel.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

New Investment Review series expanded with Waste-to-Fuel

AcuComm has expanded its free New Investment Review reports series with the addition of a new title dedicated to waste-to-fuel projects.

In May 2021, AcuComm reported on 6 new waste-to-fuel projects with a cumulative value of US$440 million. These projects, located in India, Indonesia, Italy and the USA, will bring over 2 million tonnes of new fuel capacity online annually.

Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 96 new waste-to-fuel projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 30 million tonnes. Europe and the Americas were the principal areas of investment, with the USA and Canada the leading countries in terms of investment value.

% Value of New Projects by Region (June 2020 to May 2021)

NIR May 21

Each month, AcuComm presents headline sector data in its Waste-to-Fuel New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas
  • Waste-to-Fuel

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

New Investment Review: AD/Biogas

In March 2021, AcuComm reported on 22 new AD/Biogas projects with a cumulative estimated value of US$253 million. These projects will generate an estimated total of 58 MW (or 3 MW on average at each plant) and consume almost 1.4 million tonnes of feedstock, of which 40% will be animal-derived (manure/slurry). This new activity was reported in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Serbia, the UK and the United States.

Over the 12-month period (April 2020 to March 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 199 new AD/Biogas projects with a total estimated investment value of US$3.8 billion.

Top Countries by Investment Value: 12-month period (US$mn)

March 2021 AD Biogas

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its AD/Biogas New Investment Review, one of a series of five complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Making AcuComm’s Waste Market Insight work for you…..

Recognising the need to work efficiently and save time, AcuComm has issued a simple step-by-step guide to using Waste Market Insight (WMI), its monthly analysis of global waste activity and investment.

WMI can be used for high-level strategic analysis or detailed investigation of specific projects – it is an indispensable tool for understanding waste market trends, finding new opportunities and evaluating competitors.

Using the ‘How to Use Waste Markets Insight Guide Jan 2021′ you can find out how to:

  1. Interrogate the knowledge and opportunities provided by AcuComm (which is fully interactive and entirely sourced from AcuComm’s proprietary WasteView Contract Finder database);
  2. Understand our forecast analysis and how it facilitates quantifiable comparative data for accurate business intelligence information;
  3. Quickly adjust market plans to actual and forecast changes in the market;
  4. Access general and up-to-date market knowledge before anyone else.

AcuComm customers will find the Guide downloaded to their AcuComm accounts. If you are yet to become a customer, find out more by contacting us on +44 1243 023 9400 3546 or by Email: k[email protected].

Where now for waste in the UK?

The UK general election held on December 12th has produced the first stable majority government in the country since 2010, and the first such Conservative majority government since the mid 1990s. That prospect may of course thrill you or leave you deeply apprehensive. But one fact is inescapable; with a parliamentary majority of 80, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has an opportunity to reshape policy over the next five years, in more or less whatever way he wishes.

What might the effects of this be for the waste management industry? In the near and medium term, I suspect quite limited. The Conservative manifesto for the election makes only a handful of references:

‘We will continue to lead the world in tackling plastics pollution, both in the UK and internationally, and will introduce a new levy to increase the proportion of recyclable plastics in packaging. We will introduce extended producer responsibility, so that producers pay the full costs of dealing with the waste they produce, and boost domestic recycling. We will ban the export of plastic waste to non-OECD countries, consulting with industry, NGOs and local councils on the date by which this should be achieved.

‘…We will increase penalties for fly-tipping, make those on community sentences clean up their parks and streets, and introduce a deposit return scheme to incentivise people to recycle plastic and glass.’

Recycling and better use of plastics heads the field. None of these proposals is new, and many of the details have yet to be fleshed out. It will be interesting to see which, if any, of these, will be covered in the next Queen’s Speech (which, while neither binding nor necessarily comprehensive, details the government’s legislative agenda for the coming year) due in the coming days.

There’s clear commercial opportunity here for anyone involved in the plastics recycling industry, in two principal ways. Firstly, the promotion of greater recycling should spur the development of technologies to this end, in manufacturing, sorting and recycling of plastics.

Secondly, the government has flagged greater controls on exports of plastic waste, with a proposed ban on shipments to developing countries. This is in line with developments under the UN Basel Convention, which I looked at the other day. (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lucky-97-basel-amendment-andy-crofts/) To date, the UK has shipped a lot of plastic waste abroad, to China until 2018 and thence to a range of countries in Asia and Africa. If this trade stops, then this provides a strong incentive for the development of greater domestic capacity. This driver is not UK -specific, but global; for example, I recently looked at Brightmark, a company looking to do just this in the USA. (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/making-plastic-waste-valuable-turn-fuel-andy-crofts/). The opportunities are becoming global.

So much for plastics, what about the wider waste industry? In the past few years it has become harder to build new Waste-to-Energy plants in the UK. This follows a decade or more where new WtE was seen as the best replacement for landfill. The government cut funding for investment projects a couple of years back, citing the achievement of its landfill reduction aims. You can agree with that or not, but this has, I think, tended to lead to a drive for larger facilities with greater economies of scale and therefore greater likelihood of profitable commercial operation. This in turn brings greater risks in negotiating an already lengthy planning process. One such project is the 500,000 tonne per year facility planned in Andover, Hampshire, where a planning decision is due in 2020. Other plants have already been cancelled on planning grounds, such as Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, where a 350,000 tonne plant was due to be built by Veolia, but was refused planning in February 2019.

I wouldn’t expect the new government to rush to change this harder approach to the WtE sector. It is keen to burnish its green credentials – a slightly surprising ban on fracking was announced earlier this year – and greater investment in large WtE projects probably doesn’t fit that agenda, however unfair this may be to the modern technologies now employed.

What will happen then? It may well be that small is beautiful. One new British company caught my eye recently. Heru is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, and is developing a series of small-scale WtE units that can potentially be used by businesses or even domestic homes to dispose of waste and generate power from it. Questions remain to be answered about cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency, but on paper such an approach looks game-changing if the numbers can be made to work. Test plants are in operation, with a six month trial concluding in September this year. A WtE plant in every home? It’s an intriguing idea.

And I haven’t even mentioned Brexit. Sterling rallied on news of the Conservative victory, and there is now the prospect of a more stable and orderly UK exit from the EU beginning next month. Quite where that transition will end up is open to question, but business planners will be glad to put the political horror show of the past couple of years behind them. The short term effects of Brexit on the waste sector should be muted. Trade in waste products between the UK and EU will continue, following agreements reached over a year ago, and fears of logistical difficulties at the ports will surely now recede as Johnson’s EU deal passes the new parliament in the coming weeks. In the longer term, there is scope for the UK to develop environmental approaches which differ from the EU. This is unlikely to be a political priority, however, and if it does happen will more likely be in areas of conservation unrelated to the waste sector.

Andy Crofts – Chief Analyst, AcuComm

Pre-flight coffee and biofuel

London Stansted Airport in the UK is set to become the first airport in the world to convert all its coffee grounds to solid biofuels after a successful trial with Cambridgeshire-based bio-bean, which claims the title of the world’s largest recycler of coffee grounds.

Passengers at London Stansted drink over six million cups of coffee a year as they pass through the terminal, creating over 150 tonnes of coffee waste. The partnership, which will begin on 21st October 2019 will see all 21 of the airport’s coffee shops, restaurants and bars segregate all spent coffee grounds before being transported to bio-bean’s hi-tech processing facility near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

The grounds are then converted into Coffee Logs, each made from the grounds of around 25 cups of coffee and used in domestic wood burners and multi-fuel stoves. Recycling coffee grounds this way saves 80% on CO2 emissions than if they were sent to landfill and 70% than if they were sent to an anaerobic digestion facility and mixed with food waste.

Dealing with the waste grounds and disposable cups from global coffee consumption is a mammoth undertaking, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups of coffee being consumed each day. AcuComm’s WasteView database currently includes 16 projects featuring coffee-related waste.