German clean tech company ENTRADE launches fuel from food waste

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The cleantech company ENTRADE Energiesysteme AG from Dusseldorf has conducted research commissioned by its British partner Tidy Planet to find out whether it would be possible to use food waste to fuel small, compact E3 power plants in order to produce energy, heat or cooling.

The Fuel Test Report by the Austrian Highterm Research Gesellschaft from Graz shows that food residues e.g. from hotels or the gastronomy can be used as combustible without particular regards. The renewable fuel mixture was previously dried and pressed into a kind of pellets by Tidy Planet and then mixed with regular wood pellets at a ratio of two to eight.

Electric and thermal energy can be gained from a supply of 19 kilograms per hour and at an overall efficiency of 85%. In comparison to biogas plants it is an advantage that the waste does not have to be “homogenous”, as the E3 power plant operates at a temperature that can deal with packaging remains. Simultaneously unnecessary transports to the next disposal site are avoided due to the decentralised use of the compact power plant.

“We have the strong urge to find a sustainable solution to reduce the problem of landfills from food waste or by their environmentally harmful incineration,” said ENTRADE’s CEO Julien Uhlig. “With the E3 we give restaurants, hotels or airports around the world the chance to no longer pay for the disposal of food residues but to reprocess it intelligently and in an energetically efficient and environmentally friendly way. Thanks to its compact construction, the flexibility and the fully automated operation of the E3 power plant that is unique.”

ENTRADE is presenting its E3 power plant on April 25-29 at the Hannover Fair in hall two as co-exhibitor (C28) with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs


ENTRADE was founded in 2009 to develop a small-scale biomass generator to produce electricity, heating and cooling from waste products. ENTRADE is part of Nasdaq Private Market and has recently become a portfolio company of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator as well as part of the German Accelerator program in Silicon Valley. ENTRADE and its engineering company Agnion Energy have been funded in over 40 government programs and manage the pop program for the German Development Agency, GIZ in Serbia.

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