US funding research to develop bioenergy crops

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.

 

Currently Trending: Recycling, Landfill & EfW Facilities

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.

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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.

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Weekly Projects Update – 45 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$3,782m

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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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Philippines Biogas Plant

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.

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Global Waste Investment Fact File: Qatar

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.

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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.
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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Spain WtE Plant

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.

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Global Waste Investment Fact File: Taiwan

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.

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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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Weekly Projects Update – 43 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$3,822m

In the week ending 30th March 2018, AcuComm added 18 new and updated 25 projects in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$3,822 million.

This brings the total number of active projects in the database to 4,918. They have an estimated value US$354.8 million or US$72 million on average.

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