Energy from waste

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




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.


Industrial and commercial waste: Don't waste its potential

Could industrial and commercial waste be the answer to help energy from waste plants lessen their reliance on current subsidy support and offer energy generation and waste management solutions for the nation's huge industrial basis? George Giles, head of renewable power and oil & gas at Siemens Industry UK, highlights what could be a 'win-win' situation for all concerned.


Could refuse derived fuel replace coal in the Czech Republic?

Approximately 30 million tonnes of waste are produced in the Czech Republic annually. Of this, municipal waste comprises 5.2 million tonnes. Petr Ruzicka, sector manager for energy & environment, CzechInvest reports on how refuse derived fuel could make a difference.



What did the waste sector achieve in 2014?

This year ended much like the last: in disappointment. But despite the lack of interest shown in waste policy across Whitehall and, perhaps even Europe, the sector has carried on regardless. Freelance writer, David Burrows looks at the highs and lows of the UK waste management industry over the last 12 months.


Collecting underground waste in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and home to a population of 250,000 residents swelled by cosmopolitan business visitors as well as holidaymakers during the tourist season. The latter tend to stay in the beach resorts but visit Nicosia to see the ancient parts of the city. Waste collection is, therefore, a very important task to maintain the city's cleanliness for citizens, business people and tourists. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne reports on an underground waste container system that helps reduce odours and increases efficiency.



Has energy from waste a role to play in the circular economy?

Where does energy from waste fit in when it comes to the circular economy? Will landfill bans fuel investment, or will improvements in product design and recycling infrastructure see the role for EfW diminish? Freelance writer, David Burrows investigates.


Addressing the pong and odour challenge

It is not often that you come across a company that includes elements as diverse as a microbiologist, a product based on pumice stone along with contracts in Australia and the Middle East. However, Odour Services International Ltd (OSIL) can boast all of the above and then some. Geraldine Faulkner, editor of Recycling & Waste World, reports.


Driving change beyond 2015: The way forward for waste

Waste and resource management beyond 2015 and the importance of reuse and quality recycling were some of the issues tackled at the CIWM and ESA conference last week with speakers calling for integrated policies, a clear roadmap and a reframing of the waste and resource debate. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


Is it the end for refuse derived fuel? Discuss

The UK’s commercial and industrial recycling industry was quick to jump on the bandwagon of refuse derived fuel. On paper, RDF appeared to offer C&I MRFs a fail-safe route to bypass expensive landfill costs. In practice, however, this hasn’t been the case, says Stephen Almond who explores the issue.


Eradicating nasty niffs and dangerous dust particles

Although it’s a cliché to refer to a company as the ‘industry’s best kept secret’ it’s difficult to describe dust and odour suppression specialist, APPS UK, as anything else. Darren Cornforth tells Geraldine Faulkner why, and explains how he has no time for some dust and odour companies who don’t ‘walk the walk’.


Making more of waste heat: Introducing ORC

DECC estimates that between 10 and 40 terawatt hours of heat is currently lost and rejected from industrial sources in the UK every year. More of it could be recovered, but where there is no local demand to exploit the heat directly, an alternative is to use it to generate electricity. Trevor Smith reports on a new technology.


Overcoming barriers to hospitality's food waste

Last month, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association held a hospitality-specific event to find out why restaurants, hotels and caterers are still throwing so much food waste into landfill. How much more of what’s unavoidable could be recycled into energy through anaerobic digestion? David Burrows, freelance writer, investigates.



Why small scale anaerobic digestion faces an exciting future

Richard Gueterbock, marketing director of Clearfleau, examines the relevance of small scale anaerobic digestion plants in terms of Britain’s renewable energy sector and explains why installing on-site installations treating bio-degradable residues where they are created will make better use of unwanted resources.