The decline of coal

Sandbag, the non-profit climate change think-tank based in Brussels and London has reported that coal generation in the EU collapsed by 19% in the first half of 2019, with falls in almost every coal-burning country.

According to Sandbag, half of the fall in coal use was accounted for by wind and solar, and half was replaced by switching to fossil gas. However, this analysis omits the inroads being made into coal consumption by biomass conversion projects. AcuComm has seven European coal-to-biomass power plant conversion projects listed in its WasteView Projects database, covering Selby and Ashington in the UK, Kalundborg in Denmark, Eemshaven in the Netherlands, Cordemais and Le Havre in France, and Konin in Poland. Earlier this month, Zespół Elektrowni Pątnów-Adamów-Konin SA (ZE PAK) announced that its supervisory board has accepted a detailed concept for the modernisation of the existing K7 coal boiler and turbogenerators at the Konin Power Plant with the creation of a second biomass-fired generating unit.

Sandbag notes that if this reduction in the use of coal continues for the rest of the year it will offset CO2 emissions by 65 million tonnes compared to last year, and reduce the EU’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 1.5%. Coal generation already had fallen 30% from 2012 to 2018. Nevertheless, even if these falls continue throughout 2019, coal generation is still likely to account for 12% of the EU’s 2019 GHG.

The Rise of Biogas in the US

Just this week, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced that the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry has reached the 100 facility benchmark this summer. With the addition of three recent operational facilities, the 101 RNG production sites across the continent, (91 in the United States and 10 in Canada), equate to nearly 150% growth over the past five years from the 41 projects built between 1982 and 2014.

While RNG or biogas plants have obviously been around for a long time in the United States and Canada, an acceleration in development is apparent. Technological developments, specialist operators and state legislation promoting biogas development, are all contributing to a wave of larger-scale facilities, invariably linked to pipelines rather than simply meeting on-site demand.

Pig and dairy farms feature prominently as locations in the current wave of projects, with developers such as Dominion, California Bioenergy, Vanguard Renewables, GESS International and Calgren Dairy Fuels announcing large deals with livestock producers, such as Dominion’s November 2018 announcement to tie up with Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor and pig producer.

AcuComm currently lists 196 biogas/AD active projects in the United States and Canada in its database.

US AD biogas July 2019

#Editor’sPick – Waste Processing & Treatment Facilities

Iraq – MBT Facility & Landfill

Development of an MBT plant and landfill

Eggersmann Recycling Technology has signed a contract with Faruk for the supply of its newly-developed MSW drying system. It will be supplied to the new mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant that is currently being constructed in Sulaymaniyah.

When operational, the facility will have an annual throughput capacity of 380,000 tonnes and will produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to be used at Faruk’s cement plant.

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Spain – Waste Treatment Facilities

Development of a waste treatment plant

The government of the Council of Ibiza has reported that it is constructing a waste treatment plant at the Ca na Putxa landfill. It will process MSW, organic, sludge and packaging waste.

The facility, which is due to be completed in 2020, will be split into three main processes: selection, biomethanisation and composting.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – France Waste Processing Plant

Reconstruction of a waste processing plant destroyed by fire

On 1st December 2018, 3WAYSTE officially re-opened its Altriom waste processing facility after it was destroyed by a fire a year ago.

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Weekly Projects Update – 50 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$9,257m

In the week ending 30th November 2018, AcuComm added 20 new projects and updated 30 in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$9,257 million.

There are now 5,544 active projects in the AcuComm database with an estimated value of US$359.3 billion.


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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – China WtE Facility

Construction of a 5,220 tpd WtE facility

At the end of September, Hitachi Zosen announced that it will be supplying a grade combustion system for a new waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.

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#Editors’Pick – WtE & Gasification Plants

India: WtE Facilities

Hitachi Zosen India was won three contracts to construct waste-to-energy (WtE) facilities in Andhra Pradesh.

The project is being developed by Essel Infraprojects, who have contracted Hitachi Zosen to supply their waste incineration plants and flue gas treatment systems.

The projects are located in Kadapa, Tadepalligudem and Anantapur.

Vietnam: Gasification Plant

EQTEC is to supply its Gasifier Technology for a new power plant in Hanoi. This will include two complete gasification lines, four GE Jenbacher syngas engines and ancillary equipment.

The project is currently awaiting the relevant licences, permits and concessions in order to go ahead.

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