US Waste Conversion Market Will See Exponential Growth in Commercial Scale Projects

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New Research highlights how industry commitment towards emerging waste conversion technology pays off. New technologies are rapidly proving their commercial viability, despite public opinion backlash and perceived risk profiles. The waste conversion market is set to be worth $26bn by 2016 and growing at an unprecedented rate.

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Waste conversion is becoming the only viable answer to the waste problem spreading over the US. Landfills face more stringent regulation of methane collection and incineration is hindered by increasingly tough regulations on emissions. As a result technologies such as gasification, anaerobic digestion, landfill gas and waste to biofuels, are the future of the waste-to-energy industry.

Despite these greatly encouraging forecasts, there are a number of challenges facing the Waste Conversion industry. Risk profiles of waste conversion technologies can be high, meaning project implementation is extremely hard. According to Chaz Millar, NSWMA, the “grossly misinformed” backlash of public opinion hinders the permitting phase of development. The end result is that very few waste conversion technologies reach full scale commercial viability.

Nonetheless a recent SWANA report suggests that developers are convinced demand for MSW conversion technologies will increase. “Waste-to-energy facilities are economically sound investments that provide multiple financial and environmental benefits to the communities that utilize them,” says the report, The Economic Development Benefits of Waste-to-Energy Facilities.
“I think for reasons both economic and environmental, municipalities would welcome an alternative other than landfill disposal” says Ed Hennessey, CEO of Clean Tech Biofuels, a St Louis-based company with a technology to produce cellulosic biomass feedstock. “But it’s going to have to be demonstrated at commercial scale to get municipalities to advance those alternatives,” warns Hennessey.

The US trend towards more sustainable practices, has brought other waste conversion technologies under the spotlight. Anerobic digestion seems to be leading the way through biogas production, according to Harvey Gershmann, President of Gershman Bricker & Bratton, a consulting firm with over 35 years experience in solid waste management. A lengthy number of operating years behind a technology will no doubt help waste conversion technologies in their infancy, states Gershmann.

There is no doubt a real need to find clarity in this diverse landscape. North America could be about to take to MSW conversion in a big way. Renewable Waste Intelligence has provided another medium that directly addresses these challenges. The Waste Conversion Congress East Coast, in Philadelphia June 12 -13 2012, will bring together industry leaders including Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, the Energy Recovery Council, the US EPA, Cleveland Public Power, Enerkem, Waste Management Inc, to discuss these issues.

The conference focuses on delivering successful, profitable waste conversion projects and includes;

  •     Comparison of new and proven technologies to select the right technology for feedstock type
  •     Practical information on how to structure financing
  •     Understand legislative, regulatory and permitting requirements to produce an environmentally and commercially viable project
  •     Maximise value of your feedstock

Emily McMahon of Renewable Waste Intelligence said; “There is a very real need for this meeting as the industry strives to deliver viable, scalable, commercial waste conversion technology that will secure long term profitability for MSW feedstock”.

To find out more details about the congress contact;

Emily McMahon
Renewable Waste Intelligence
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 7196

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