Renewable Waste Intelligence Says: More Information Released on the Upcoming Waste Conversion East Coast Congress

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Concerns over the legitimacy of claims on profitability with new waste conversion technologies are diminishing. Evidence mounts that the time has come for waste conversion to make profit, and not experiment, however issues remain which block progress.

As time goes by, more waste conversion projects come online, remain online and prove that they can be commercially profitable on a long term basis.

Take for example Ineos Bio, which in the final quarter of 2012 began producing renewable energy and biofuel from waste. The Florida-based facility can produce eight million gallons of advanced cellulosic bioethanol and six megawatts of renewable energy. After powering itself, it provides energy to as many as 1400 homes in the surrounding area.

Peter Williams, their CEO, is confident in the industry and future prospects for Ineos Bio, “We look forward to rapidly rolling out this technology globally to provide the benefits of bioethanol and renewable power from waste.”

Further North, Ottawa’s City Council signed a 20-year contract late last year committing over 110,000 tons of municipal solid waste to Plasco’s commercial waste conversion facility. The feedstock commitment represents one-third of the city’s post-recycled waste and will convert this waste into green energy and other valuable products.

Despite the evidence that waste conversion is building traction in the US, there are still some obstacles. Namely: regulators have different rules in different states, which mean operators need to act differently across the country; despite technology growing to be more trustworthy, competing with natural gas prices and low energy costs makes the margins of operations tight, so developers have to be very efficient. All of this leads to winning finance a real challenge.

Dan Cummings and Mauricio Vargas will represent Ineos Bio and Plasco respectively at the 3rd annual Waste Conversion Congress East Coast in Boston this June (17 – 18). It is an event to show you how to deliver a profitable and operational waste conversion project by securing finance, feedstock and approval. They will join over 20 leading experts in waste conversion and present case studies about how they have succeeded in these conditions. In conjunction with this, Renewable Waste Intelligence, the meeting organizer, will send attendees to a fully functional anaerobic digester on a site visit complementarily with the event package.

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