Renewable energy

Fuelling the case for EfW

Dr Stephen Wise, associate director, environment & infrastructure Europe, Amec Foster Wheeler, puts forward the case for a joined-up approach to develop and implement best practice across the RDF supply chain


Greatmoor puts the 'great' in EfW

As part of the Energy from Waste 2017 Conference programme, delegates have the opportunity to visit the UK’s newest energy from waste plant in Buckinghamshire on Monday, 20 February



Getting in on the ACT

Mike Brown, MD at Eunomia, examines the renaissance of interest in advanced conversion technologies


The state of WtE in central and eastern Europe

Following analysis of the regulatory and incentive regimes for the promotion of WtE projects in 14 central and eastern European countries, Bryan W Jardine takes a look at the wide variation between the different states


Fuelling a revolution

Last month’s launch of a commercial demonstration plant for BioSNG could be pivotal to the country’s future green gas production. Geraldine Faulkner goes to Swindon to see the unveiling of a world-first


Burning issues

As the EU tries to increase renewable energy use while improving energy security, Ella Stengler of the CEWEP looks at how waste to energy (WtE) is the link between two key policies under discussion – the circular economy and energy union


Doctor in the house

The Renewable Energy Association’s CEO discusses the positive environmental potential of energy storage, the fallout of the Brexit vote, why separating food waste is an issue that deserves real action, and the controversial Hinkley Point C decision. Geraldine Faulkner reports



Riding the storm

Following Interserve’s energy from waste exit, what will be the repercussions (if any) on trust in the technology? And what effect is Brexit having on ongoing projects and projected facilities? Dr Adam Read, Kathryn Warren, Jack Stevens and Mark Ramsay seek answers


Ad nauseam

Writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has declared war on waste and garnered the public’s attention on issues such as coffee cups and packaging. But will reducing food waste cause a major headache for anaerobic digestion plants? Matt Clay investigates


Up in the air

Intended to be a feather in the UK’s large-scale gasification cap, Air Products’ Teesside projects have been halted, resulting in hundreds of redundancies and millions of pounds lost. What does this mean for the technology in the country? Matt Clay investigates


Power rangers

At last month’s Energy from Waste conference, speakers representing the UK and European EfW scenes discussed all the pressing topics of the day, spanning the EC, the CEP, heat network development and the problem of poor-quality recyclates. RWW reports.


Feeding the Asian Dragon

While Singapore is embarking on its sixth EfW project, in China there are as many as 30 projects every year, and Japan’s lack of landfill space means incineration has been a necessity. Matt Clay looks at the varying Asian market ahead of this month’s Energy from Waste Conference in London.


Not a waste of money

Despite uncertainties around government support for energy from waste projects, there are many ways in which the sector can continue to develop and innovate, says Alon Laniado


Energy from waste's home front

Optimism for growth in the EfW sector has been dampened of late, thanks to a lack of clear government policy and poor planning, which could leave the UK unable to process its residual waste as we move away from landfill and exports shrink, writes SUEZ external affairs director Gev Eduljee


The rise of RDF

The production and export of refuse-derived fuel continues to make headlines, and not always for the right reasons. Kathryn Warren, Dr Stephen Wise and Dr Adam Read, senior technical specialists in Ricardo Energy & Environment’s due diligence team, ask what the potential impacts will be on infrastructure development


Don't try to reinvent the energy from waste wheel

Why are established renewable energy technologies being sidelined by emerging ones when it comes to funding and policy support - even when the evidence and experience are that existing methods are more efficient than gasification and ATT? Simon Allin, business development director of sales at Babcock & Wilcox Volund, reports


Taking a frank and earnest look at energy from waste

Delegates at an energy from waste event last month heard how the sector is being sidelined by other government priorities such as a preference for wind – but the EfW sector can fight its corner by proving its value, forming strong partnerships with financers and being more innovative. Geraldine Faulkner reports


RDF: Better out than in?

New waste to energy capacity is expected to offset increases in refuse derived fuel production and stabilise the rapid growth in exports. Ben Messenger looks at how new facilities in the UK could affect the market and whether we should be doing more with our waste domestically



Waste collection in Catalonia

Since 1997 private company L'Arca del Maresme has supplied environmental services for the Comarca del Maresme region of Catalonia on the northern coast of Barcelona. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, looks at how the business provides waste collection, street and beach cleaning, as well as the operation of household waste recycling centres and waste transfer station contracts for the Comarca del Maresme municipalities.



Sustainability Live unveils CPD seminars and workshops

Sustainability Live, the show which takes place on April 21-23 April at the NEC Birmingham, has unveiled its three-day programme of more than 35 free CPD-accredited workshops and seminars for sustainability and energy management professionals. Amanda Barnes reports.


How coffee could 'give a lift' in another way

Research to turn spent coffee grounds into fuel has intensified. But can a good idea in theory become a commercial success in practice? David Burrows, freelance writer, investigates.