Municipal Solid Waste Can Be Made into Energy? #3

a supply = Municipal Solid Waste
a demand= Fuel!

In this post:
Biofuel Basics used in MSW to BioFuel,
FastOx® gasification – SierraEnergy,
Enerkem – We’re building the Bioeconomy
Fulcrom – Our Feedstock: Municipal solid waste, our product: Fuel
Velocys – bio-jet fuel
…a list at the bottom of other posts about WasteRushes…..

Municipal Solid Waste to Fuel

a supply and a demand!

All those countries with all that trash and all those drivers who need fuel.

The cities could take care of fuel with landfill gases.
Can we rid the world of landfills by making green fuel?

We know people are working on it.
Where are we with this? ……closer than you think!

This is how one technology works………..

2 minutes – Sierra Energy’s FastOx® Gasification

Waste to Fuel
As I said before, there are now, a number of companies out there that have developed equipment that literally takes the ‘Residual Waste’ ( including the organics, dirty plastics, paper, cardboard, and diapers) and sends it directly to a facility/technology that turns it into non-fossil fuel.   They are rather sophisticated complicated machines that for the most part have only recently proven their technology.

>But, what they do is so exactly what this burning planet needs.<   

Municipal Solid Waste to Fuel

This is a Waste Rush ! (like the Gold Rush) The faster we get this technology working in every big city in the world ,the cleaner planet Earth will be on the ground and in the air!

Return on Investment, Return on Investment, Return on Investment

  • Everyone continues to worry about “Return On Investment” (ROI) .
  • Scared to try. I do not blame them, but….
  • If you ask me, the time has come to take all the risks!
  • Governments, at any level, citizens/businesses with significant waste volumes, should find a “trash to biofuel” solution and spend the money.
  • Most of them yield some kind of product at the end of the cycle, if not only fuel…. there is more to ROI than just expenditures!

We’re almost there! We need to move faster!

They are building a network across the USA for dispensing greener fuel! ………. So the demand has outlets…..

Municipal Solid Waste to Fuel not only in the USA!

There are already biofuels in the pipes! RNG, as cng and lng = bio-methane, natural gas and fleets of trucks to use it, Syngas and ethanol, all to replace petroleum in the global fuel pool.

Biofuel Basics
Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass converts directly into liquid fuels, called “biofuels,” to help meet transportation fuel needs. The two most common types of biofuels in use today are ethanol and biodiesel, both of which represent the first generation of biofuel technology. But there others………..

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles
More than a dozen alternative fuels are in production or under development for use in alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. Government and private-sector vehicle fleets are the primary users for most of these fuels and vehicles, but individual consumers are increasingly interested in them. Using alternative fuels and advanced vehicles instead of conventional fuels and vehicles helps the United States conserve fuel and lower vehicle emissions.

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles
More than a dozen alternative fuels are in production or under development for use in alternative fuel vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. Government and private-sector vehicle fleets are the primary users for most of these fuels and vehicles, but individual consumers are increasingly interested in them. Using alternative fuels and advanced vehicles instead of conventional fuels and vehicles helps the United States conserve fuel and lower vehicle emissions.Ethanol (CH3CH2OH) is a renewable fuel made from various plant materials, collectively known as “biomass.” Ethanol is an alcohol used as a blending agent with gasoline to increase octane and cut down carbon monoxide and other smog-causing emissions. The most common blend of ethanol is E10 (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline). Some vehicles, called flexible fuel vehicles, designed to run on E85 (a gasoline-ethanol blend containing 51%–83% ethanol, depending on geography and season), an alternative fuel with much higher ethanol content than regular gasoline. Roughly 97% of gasoline in the United States contains some ethanol. Most ethanol comes from plant starches and sugars, but scientists are continuing to develop technologies that use cellulose and hemicellulose, the non-edible fibrous material of plant matter. In fact, there are commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries operating. The US Dept. of Energy has a brief guide to help you determine if your vehicle runs on E85 (Flex Fuel).

Syngas, or synthesis gas, is a fuel gas mixture consisting primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and very often some carbon dioxide. The name comes from its use as intermediates in creating synthetic natural gas (SNG) and for producing ammonia or methanol. Syngas is usually a product of coal gasification and the main application is electricity generation. Syngas is combustible and used as a fuel of internal combustion engines. Historically, syngas replaces gasoline, when gasoline supplies are limited; for example, wood gas powered cars in Europe during WWII (in Germany alone half a million cars were built or rebuilt to run on wood gas). Syngas, however, has less than half the energy density of natural gas.

Municipal Solid Waste to Fuel

No more landfills by making green fuel?
How Great!
There are a number of companies working on it….

#1 Here is one!
FastOx® gasification from SierraEnergy

Municipal Solid Waste- Municipal Solid Waste Can Be Made into Energy? #3

Powering communities with trash

Municipal Solid Waste to BioFuel infographic- Municipal Solid Waste Can Be Made into Energy? #3
2 minutes ………………………..How the FastOx® gasification works.

Scaling Up Davis, CA – July 29, 2019 Sierra Energy Corporation announced today that it has closed a $33 million Series A investment round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and joined by Cox Investment Holdings, Inc., BNP Paribas SA, Twynam Investments Pty Ltd, Formica Ventures AB, and The March Fund I LP. The funding will help Sierra Energy further develop and commercialize its revolutionary FastOx® gasification technology, which converts virtually any waste into clean, renewable energy and fuels without burning.

Sierra Energy’s FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000°F (2,200°C). At this temperature, all waste breaks down to the molecular level, converting organic material into an energy-dense syngas and allowing the recovery of inorganic material as either a non-leaching stone or molten metal. Sierra Energy’s FastOx technology, which is modular and scales to large size, does not produce any process emissions and all outputs are saleable as end products. The company’s first commercial-scale demonstration facility located at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California.

“The world is drowning in trash which, when landfilled, is a leading generator of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more harmful to our climate than carbon dioxide.” said Mike Hart, Sierra Energy’s CEO. “Our FastOx gasification technology efficiently and cost-effectively converts this trash into electricity, hydrogen, renewable natural gas, diesel, ammonia, and a variety of other valuable end-products. When you combine our technology with recycling and other waste diversion strategies, you have the solution to the world’s waste problem and a valuable source of renewable energy.”

Sierra Energy End Products
the products you create with syngas from FastOx gasification are:
Electricity – Using FastOx gasification, the 250 million metric tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) sent annually to landfills in the U.S. could power close to 14 million homes.
Diesel (and other Fischer-Tropsch liquids such as gasoline) Diesel produced by the FastOx gasification system is up to thirty times cleaner than typical diesel produced from fossil fuels.
Hydrogen – If California’s landfilled waste was converted into hydrogen and used for transportation fuel, it would offset emissions equivalent to half of the state’s automobile fleet.
Ammonia – The base of most fertilizers, ammonia is conventionally produced using fossil fuels. Gasification-derived ammonia and chemicals are sustainably produced and aid in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Byproduct of Inert Stone

SierraEnergy website has some useful Tools:
Knowledge Base

1:43 minutes The Components of FastOx® gasification

We need investors for these systems…even if they have few projects to date. We need to find as many opportunities as possible to try them out…….

#2 and here is another! – Municipal Solid Waste to Fuel
Enerkem – We’re building the Bioeconomy. 

replaces petroleum transportation fuels and chemicals from garbage.

Municipal Solid Waste to BioFuel installation- Municipal Solid Waste Can Be Made into Energy? #3
ENERKEM’S ALBERTA BIOFUELS PROJECT: Enerkem Alberta Biofuels LP, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., has built the world’s first commercial-scale biorefinery using non-recyclable municipal solid waste as feedstock. The next-generation cellulosic ethanol plant is capable of converting 100,000 Bone Dry Metric Tons (BDMT) of sorted municipal solid waste (MSW) into 38 million litres of cellulosic ethanol. The project is located next to the City of Edmonton Integrated Waste Management Centre (EWMC).

We’re building the Bioeconomy.  Turning trash into clean fuels and chemicals.

Since 2000, Enerkem has tested and validated a number of different feedstocks – from solid waste coming from several municipalities to dozens of other types of residues. In Enerkem’s system, these feedstocks are converted into methanol, ethanol or other renewable chemicals.

Enerkem’s exclusive process is environmentally sound. It requires relatively low temperatures and pressures, which reduce energy requirements and costs. Enerkem’s proprietary technology was rigorously scaled up from pilot to demonstration to commercial stage during an unprecedented period of 10 years of disciplined efforts.
Enerkem’s 4-step thermochemical process:
1. feedstock preparation
2. gasification
3. leaning and conditioning of syngas
4. catalytic synthesis

Municipal Solid Waste to BioFuel infographic- Municipal Solid Waste Can Be Made into Energy? #3

Enerkem – more BioFuels from Waste projects are in development.

Several Enerkem biorefineries are now in development around the world, based on the company’s modular and standardized manufacturing approach. In addition to licensing its technology, Enerkem provides fully fabricated modular equipment and handles assembly on site.

The developments includes a series of publicly announced projects in North America and Europe. Tell us about your project or interest in Enerkem technology.

#3 and here is another!

From bin bags to planes: Shell, BA plan EU’s first waste-to-jet fuel plant

LONDON, 20, Aug 2019 (Reuters) – Airplanes could be powered by jet fuel made from household rubbish from 2024 under plans by Shell, British Airways and Velocys to build Europe’s first large-scale plant to produce jet fuel from domestic and commercial waste.

Shell, BA and Velocys – who have applied for planning permission for the plant from local authorities in North East Lincolnshire – are targeting domestic or commercial black bag waste that would otherwise end up in landfills or incinerators.

Municipal Solid Waste to Fuel

posts on Cleaner Renewable Gases – Fuel or Electricity
Anaerobic Digestion In Full Swing – #1 Waste To Energy?
CNG, LNG, RNG Fuelling Stations – #2 Waste To Energy
#3 Municipal Solid Waste – MSW To BioFuel? Yes!

Landfill Gas (LFG) – Fuel or Electricity – Capture Methane
ALL Islands: Just Go Zero – NOW! – Like Tilos
Look To Garbage Dump Sites For The Energy We Need! Sure Fire!
Landfill Gas Projects Worldwide – – – Clean Up The Air, Now!
SMALL Landfills – Capture The Methane And Make Energy, Too.
The Most Compelling Issue, Right Now! – -Climate Or Waste?
Why We Need To Capture Landfill Gas – – -Right Now!
How To Get More Electricity For Your Community – Worldwide

INVESTING in LFG – Capturing the Methane!
Cleaner Energy Investments! Time To Invest In Your Landfill!
CH4 Investments Urgent! Today! Landfill Gas (LFG)

what needs to be cleaned up
Too Much Methane !
Why We Need To Capture Landfill Gas – – -Right Now!
The Greenhouse Gases List …..A Re-Review
The “Relief” Of Phasing Out Fossil Fuel! …Now!
Finally In The Mood To Phase Out Fossil Fuel? Environment
Finally In The Mood To Phase Out Fossil Fuel? People-Civic
Finally In The Mood To Phase Out Fossil Fuel? – Governance
We CAN Deal With The #1 Mistake: Fossil Fuel – Today

cleaning up the mess
Fossil Fuel Is Ancient Waste. But, There’s Plenty Of Waste Now!
Can We, Are We Pulling In The Excess CO₂ ?
Fuel From Air? – Capture CO₂
Carbon Dioxide – Who Else Has Ideas To Pull It DOWN And OUT?
We Need To USE THE CO2! …..For Industry – Big Market!

Urban Mining for clean energy
Urban Mining ! – More Important Than Ever
Critical Minerals & Rare Elements! ….. COLOSSAL WASTE RUSH

Other approaches to waste to energy:
Useful Green WASTE Business Ideas That Scale To Any Size
Harvesting Waste Ideas. Waste Rushes? NOW!
Climate Retrofits On Land Or At Sea
Shipping’s Carbon Footprint And Your Small Business >> Your Vote
Industrial Zone – Closed-Loop Networking
Cellulosic Ethanol – One Of Many DSM Sustainability Projects
We Need To USE THE CO2! …..For Industry – Big Market!

(Remember our disclaimer: Any company or website mentioned herein are only examples and should NOT be taken as recommendations or endorsements, unless specifically notated as a recommendation.)

The above companies are not the only ones working on Waste to Energy!
If you would like me to find one near you, feel free to request HERE. Lesley

2 Replies to “Municipal Solid Waste Can Be Made into Energy? #3”

  1. Hi,
    I am Braj From India working in Mottglobal India, a solution providing company ,
    Now days Many tease type of waste management systems are playing in India ,
    Like to know more about yours machinery and systems ,please let know whether executed any project in India .

    1. Hi Braj,
      I am not a company, the companies mentioned in my post are examples of what is out there in the world, today, and there are links to all the companies mentioned for you to click and learn more. You can see more examples of these things in the other Waste to Fuel posts on my Wasterush blog here. Go to the bottom of this post and you will find them listed.
      If you would like to me to help you search for something more specific to your region of the world, may I suggest that you fill in my contact form here on the blog with more details of what you are looking for.
      Just another citizen wishing to encourage small businesses to go Green
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