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  • The first WTERT in Africa?
    A consortium of American firms in partnership with a US-based Nigerian engineer is proposing the first waste-to-energy project in West Africa to be sited in Lagos. The partnership has received the initial backing of the state government and private sector financing from the US. Already, the US companies have signed the Letter-of-Intent (LOI) to pursue the engineering, design, procurement and construction of the Bamgbelu 60 mw Waste-To-Electricity Facility Project to be located at the Ikorodu Industrial Complex, near Bamgbelu village, in Lagos State. The implementation of the waste-fired resource generation facility project "would mark the first of such successful launching of a renewable energy, waste-fired electricity production project of its kind in sub-saharan West Africa in general and Nigeria in particular." Shogunle, who now operates from both Lagos and Chicago, explained that some of the US firms involved in the project include, a major power generation company, the Shaw Group International.
    October 30, 2011
  • WTERT member Phillip Schmidt-Pattman (CEO and Founder, WRSI Consulting Group) and Damon M.K. Taam (System Contract Manager, Spokane Regional Solid Waste System) made presentations on the benefits of WTE at a meeting of Washington Clean Technology Association. Please find their presentations at link below.
    October 18, 2011
  • A new WTE plant for Delhi, India
    Timarpur Okhla Municipal Solid Waste Management project is the first commercial waste-to-energy facility in India that aims to convert one-third of the Delhi garbage into the much-needed electricity, enough to serving 6 lakh homes. The project is CDM is registered with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for earning carbon credits. The project is the first and largest integrated waste management project ever being set up in the country, aiming for a sustainable solution (Zero Waste Concept) taking MSW through an environmentally friendly process to generate clean and renewable energy from MSW. JITF Urban Infrastructure Ltd has won the Frost & Sullivan Excellence Awards for the “Waste to Energy Deal of the Year" for 2010 in the Municipal Waste to Energy Segment. The CEO of JITF is Mr. Allard M. Nooy, an old friendned of the global WTERT Council.
    August 26, 2011
  • EPA is soliciting stakeholder input regarding the efficacy and scope of the MSW Characterization Report called “Municipal Solid Waste in the United States”.
    This information will be used to develop new measurement definitions and protocols for measurement of these materials. This effort could lead to the creation of a new measurement report that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) will make publicly available. EPA’s “Municipal Solid Waste in the United States” analyzes the amounts of MSW recycled, combusted and landfilled and relies on a top-down materials flow approach. The report is the result of modeling that uses data gathered from a wide variety of public and private sources. ERC believes this methodology leads to a vast underestimation of the amount of waste generated in the US. ERC instead relies on numbers published biannually by Columbia University and BioCycle in its “State of the Garbage” report. All written comments must be received by EPA on or before August 31, 2011. The Federal Register notice is here.
    by Energy Recovery Council
    August 8, 2011
  • WTERT-India is latest addition to the Global WTERT Council. The Earth Engineering Center (EEC) at Columbia University, the parent organization of WTERT has signed an MOU with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to form WTERT, India. NEERI, headquartered at Nagpur and with five other branches in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai, is one of the prime research institutes in India.
    August 4, 2011
  • Congress on Waste-to-energy Technology in Panama City: The Waste-to-Energy Research & Technology Council - SYNERGIA was invited by the Greek Consulate of Panama and the University of Panama, to participate in a conference held in Panama City on June 11, 2011. The conference was initiated by the Honorary Consulate Mr. C. Tzanetatou and was about Recycling and Energy Recovery of Municipal Solid Waste in Panama City.
    August 2, 2011
  • WASCON 2012: an international conference next May in Gothenburg, Sweden, on use of alternative materials in construction, including WTE ash.
    July 6, 2011
  • "Waste-to-Energy at Hennepin County, Minnesota: Excerpt from History Channel show "Inspector America" that examines various aspects of U.S. infrastructure."
    Waste-to-energy was spotlighted on television as the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) in Minnesota was featured recently on the premier episode of the History Channel's newest show, Inspector America. The one-hour show looks at America's infrastructure and the toll that time has taken on it. Host Timothy Galarnyk, a safety inspector with more than 35 years of experience, sets out to explore the condition of infrastructure in cities throughout the U.S. – uncovering projects and structures that are deteriorating and finding examples that are working. The waste-to-energy facility and several other Hennepin County projects, including the construction of the Lowry Avenue bridge and the Hennepin County Transportation Department's use of technology for projects such as snowplowing and traffic signal timing, were featured as examples of how proactive decisions and well-maintained facilities can ensure the safety and efficient operation of our infrastructure. The show does not appear to be available online, but Hennepin County’s website has a very good video on the operation their waste-to-energy facility. Click here to view.

    May 8, 2011
  • Visit of Oslo WTE by Dr. Stratos Kalogirou of WTERT-Greece "Dr. Efstratios Kalogirou from the Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University and the President of SYNERGIA (WTERT Greece) participated in the ISWA Working Group Energy Recovery, held between 24&25 March 2011 Oslo, Norway (34 technical people participated from 20 countries)..."
    March 28, 2011
  • Administration Considers Waste-to-Energy "The Bloomberg administration is once again talking trash. Five years after the City Council approved a new solid waste management plan and a decade after the closure of the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, the Bloomberg administration is seriously considering the development of waste-to-energy facilities in the five boroughs, officials said Tuesday. Waste-to-energy -- commonly thought of as the process of heating or burning trash and converting it to energy -- was mulled over earlier in Bloomberg's tenure. Mayor Ed Koch also considered the technology, but community opposition killed his proposal..." (You can go to the web of this aritcle and post your comments.)
    by Courtney Gross, Gotham Gazette
    March 25, 2011
  • EfW Energy from Waste: Corporate Sustainability Report 2009/2010 "This is Covanta’s first sustainability report. It covers all 41 U.S.- and Canada-based EfW operations in place in 2009, unless otherwise noted in the text. As our reporting and datacollection processes mature we will explore the possibility of including performance results from other operations in the United States (biomass to energy, transfer stations, landfill gas to energy) and our international operations."
    by Covanta Energy Corporation
    March 22, 2011
  • Waste Management’s 2010 Sustainability Report "This report covers the sustainability activities of Waste Management’s North American operations. It builds on a tradition of reporting that began nearly two decades ago when we started publicly reporting our environmental impacts. It provides valuable information on our environmental, economic and social performance and tells how we are helping communities, businesses and individuals progress on their sustainability journeys."
    by Waste Management, Inc.
    March 5, 2011

  • Energy from Waste-UK: "An industry -academic consortium has been formed in the U.K. to provide informationinform the public on the energy and geenhouse gas benefits of thermal treatrment. Dr. Chris Cheeseman of Imperial College and head of WTERT-UK, is one of the founders of this consortium. Other members include Dr. Margaret Bates of the University of Northampton, CEWEP, Covanta Energy, and Wheelabrator Technologies."
    February 27, 2011

  • "Turning trash into electricity is a better bet for the environment and local government budgets than burying it in landfills, said experts who convened at UNC Charlotte last week.  In the world of waste, they say, landfills are considered the crudest form of disposal. They gobble land, burp up greenhouse gases and waste potential energy sources.  North Carolina relies so much on landfills, burying 84 percent of its trash, that it ranks with Slovakia on an international index of waste-management sophistication, said Columbia University scientist Nickolas Themelis.  That doesn't mean trash-fueled power plants, like the gasification design proposed for Mecklenburg County's ReVenture Park, are slam dunks.  It's tricky business for the projects to make economic sense and to attract investors, said Bill Davis, who founded the Boston waste-to-energy firm Ze-gen.  Fuel costs can rise and fall. Pollution controls may eat up much of the electricity the plant generates. Because the United States has been slow to adopt modern gasification technology, much of Ze-gen's business is outside the country. But the ReVenture concept is "state-of-the-art thinking" in much of the world, Davis said.  The U.S. has 87 waste-to-energy plants, including one in New Hanover County, and many more are in Japan, China and Europe.  Critics of ReVenture Park say the county should instead move toward a "zero-waste" policy to minimize the amount of trash it produces. But countries that recycle and compost most of their trash - the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, among others - also rely heavily on waste-to-energy plants."
    by Charlotte Observer 2/13/11
    February 21, 2011

  • Trash to Grid: The Technology of Waste-to-Energy
    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, 8:30am - 11:30am PT
    Garden Court Hotel @ 520 Cowper St. in Palo Alto, CA
    by www.agrion.org
    February 14, 2011

  • 2010 European Market Share Analysis of WTE Plants
    promotional material
    by VZ&A
    February 14, 2011

  • Directory of U.S. WTE Power Plants
    February 13, 2011

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