WBA Newsletter 
June 2017

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I am looking forward to meeting members, friends and colleagues next week in Birmingham for the UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo 2017. With 40+ countries represented I hope you all use the occasion to widen your networks and exchange experiences with a wide range of stakeholders.

Our association's members will meet at 4pm on July 4th and discuss our progress and work plans for the next months.

We will be presenting country reports updating on progress in biogas markets of five countries, and our first three international factsheets on the contribution of biogas to solving global challenges. These will be made available on our website shortly afterwards.

Recently I spoke at the Athens Waste Conference and also at the British Embasssy in Stockholm on biogas and the agenda is getting busy for after the summer too.

Here is some news from around the world for weekend reading. See you soon.

David Newman
News from around the world:
  • UK
June 24th 2017 Amur, a subsidiary of AB Agri an Associated British Foods business - is launching an anaerobic digestion feedstock which is blended to a specification designed expressly to optimise productivity. Variance in feedstock available and digested in foodwaste based digesters.
For more information, click here

  •  USA
June 21st 2017 American Biogas Council and Water Environment Federation have teamed up to promote resource recovery, specifically the use of energy and products produced from biogas systems at water facilities. 
For more information, click here

  • USA
June 22nd 2017 The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has released a request for information (RFI) for the acceptance of pre-processed food waste at the city’s wastewater treatment plants. The city’s water department plans to expand its anaerobic digesters to co-digest preprocessed food waste. 
For more information, click here

  • UK
June 21st 2017 Digestate now available in retail stores in the UK. Derived from condensed, natural plant tissue and chemical free, PlantGrow is drawn from the rich residue of the agricultural anaerobic digestion, bio-fuel process.
For more information, click here

  • USA
June 19th 2017 Eight national business groups representing the diverse spectrum of renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydro, biogas and waste-to energy) today released a first-of-its-kind joint statement outlining a positive vision for the future of America’s power grid. In “A Shared Vision of the 21st Century Grid,” the groups highlight mutual support for market structures that appropriately value new and existing technologies, tax policy continuity and parity for all renewable technologies, and the expansion and modernization of the electrical grid to support the proper operation and integration of clean power sources 
For more information, click here

  • Turkey
June 14th 2017 The Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey is to produce electricity for its rail system from biogas. The produced electricity is estimated to satisfy 60% of the electricity needs of the municipality's rail system. The construction of the biogas power plant is in progress and completion is expected in August 2018. 
For more information, click here

  • Peru
June 13th 2017 The city of Cusco in Peru, the capital of the Inca Empire, hosts 2 million tourists per year and 450,000 inhabitants putting tremendous pressure on its water bodies. It has modernised its sewage system to improve sewage sludge treatment and produce biogas to reduce odours and its impact on climate change.  
For more information, click here

  • Republic of Ireland 
June 12th 2017 Study by Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) shows gas from animal manure, food waste and grass could provide 28% of Ireland's gas needs Renewable gas could cut carbon emissions by as much as 2 million tonnes a year, the equivalent of the annual energy used in 360,000 households. Expanding the sector could lead to 3,000 permanent jobs.
For more information, click here

  • Denmark
June 9th 2017 DAIRY company Arla Foods is installing a large biogas plant to complement the production of milk powder at its Videbaek factory in the western part of Denmark
For more information, click here

  • Brazil
June 6th 2017 A Biogas plant to digest foodwaste, pruned grass and sewage into biomethane has been set up inside the headquarters of Itaipu Binacional, the operator of the Brazil-Paraguayan Itaipu power generating dam in Brazil to prove the viability of collection and treatment of solid waste to municipalities in Brazil.
For more information, click here
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Upcoming Events

5th- 6th July, NEC Birmingham
5th July, NEC Birmingham

Third Party Events

AD & Biogas Investment Update:

This report from AcuComm showcases ten new anaerobic digestion/biogas projects in May 2017 with a combined value of US$235.6 million.

View the report here to see:
  • The project values by feedstock type
  • The leading countries by value
  • Details about each project's location and feedstock
Read the summary here
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