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.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced US$64 million in funding over three years for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts. Fiscal Year 2019 funding for the projects totals US$25.4 million.
The plant research (12 projects totalling US$29 million) focuses on expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts. The aim is to pinpoint the connection between specific regions of plant genomes and particular plant traits, so that features such as drought resistance and crop yield can be improved.
The microbe research (13 projects totalling US$35 million) aims at better understanding of how communities of microbes cycle nutrients in soil and the environment. In the process, the research is expected to shed light on soil processes that could impact the growth of potential bioenergy crops.
Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar said “This research will help us improve crops grown for bioenergy and bioproducts while at the same time deepening our knowledge of complex and interacting biological processes within specific environmental systems.”
Most of the projects are collaborations involving researchers from several institutions; many include one or more DOE national laboratories as partners.
Projects were selected by competitive peer review under two DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements, “Genome-Enabled Plant Biology for Determination of Gene Function” and “Systems Biology Enabled Research on the Roles of Microbiomes in Nutrient Cycling,” sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Department’s Office of Science.
AcuComm’s WasteView database currently lists 130 active bioenergy projects which utilise non-waste plant biomass as feedstock, worth a total of US$13.0 billion or just under US$100 million each on average. Click here to explore them all.
US$3,442 million worth of projects were covered by our researchers last week, including 16 new additions and 30 updates.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina – Waste Management Project
Development of a landfill, transfer station and biomass boiler
The Municipality of Zavidovici has requested the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as part of a new project.
Currently at the feasibility stage, the project will involve the rehabilitation of the closed solid waste landfill, construction of a transfer station, improvements to district heating facilities and expansion of the water distribution system.
It is expected to cost around €8.1 million.
Find out more about this project.
UK – AD Plant & Waste Treatment Facility
Development of an AD plant and sludge treatment facility
Yorkshire Water is developing a new regional sludge treatment facility in Upper Brighouse that will use anaerobic digestion technology to produce biogas.
It will have the capacity to treat up to 16,500 tonnes of sludge each year and will replace the Calder Valley incinerator. Construction works are underway and expected to be complete in May 2021.
See the latest from this project.
In this week’s Global Waste Investment Fact File, we’re switching the focus to Sweden and covering 92 waste projects in the country. These have a total value of US$7,188 million or US$78 million each.
Continue reading Global Waste Investment Fact File: Sweden
In the week ending 23rd November 2018, AcuComm added 19 new projects and updated 26 in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$3,782 million.
There are now 5,524 active projects in the AcuComm database, worth an estimated US$358.6 billion.
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Continue reading Weekly Projects Update – 45 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$3,782m
Construction of a 1.2 MW biogas plant
Recent updates from a biogas project in the Philippines have revealed that ABB has installed a 2.5 MVA transformer at the facility, 12 months since construction started.
Continue reading AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Philippines Biogas Plant
In our latest Global Waste Investment Fact File blog, we’re putting the spotlight on Qatar. As of February 2018, AcuComm was listing six projects in the country, with a total value of US$360 million.
Key points from this Fact File
- Integrated/mixed facilities is the leading project type, accounting for US$210 million or 58% of the total. This is followed by recycling, which accounts for US$108 million or 30% of the total.
- The total estimated capacity of these projects is 1 million tonnes. This is equal to 174,522 tonnes per project on average and 177% of Qatar’s estimated annual waste generation.
- Waste investments totalling US$277 million are expected to become operational over the next few years. This is currently expected to peak in 2020 at US$67 million.
Explore the full list of projects in Qatar.
Development of a waste management centre
Phase two in the project to develop a waste management centre in Zubieta is expected to get underway shortly, with the Waste Consortium of Gipuzkoa recommending that a consortium led by FCC be awarded the contract for design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance.
Continue reading AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Spain WtE Plant
Next up in our series of Global Waste Investment Fact Files is the Taiwan edition. As of February 2018, AcuComm was listing six projects in the country. These have a total estimated value of US$168 million or US$28 million each.
Key points from this Fact File:
- Biogas is the leading project type, accounting for US$59 million or 35% of the total. This is followed by biofuel, accounting for US$48 million or 29% of the total.
- The total estimated capacity of these projects is 0.5 million tonnes. This is equal to 84,966 tonnes per project on average.
- This capacity is equal to 7% of Taiwan’s estimated annual waste generation at 7.4 million tonnes.
- Waste investments totalling US$83 million are expected to become operational over the next few years. This is currently expected to peak in 2020 at US$64 million.
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Alternatively, you can explore AcuComm’s full list of projects in Taiwan.