New Energy Corporation Waste-to-Energy Plant Approved
Residents of Perth will have the chance to turn their household waste into electricity now that the State’s environmental regulator has approved plans for the city’s first waste-to-energy plant.
New Energy Corporation, a waste management and energy production firm, intends to take up to 225,000 tons of waste—or roughly 13 percent of material otherwise headed to the landfill—to produce 18.5 megawatts of electricity. About 2.5 MW would be needed to power the plant, leaving the remaining 16 MW available for export to the grid. This would be enough to power up to 23,000 homes per year.
The project would be the first of its kind for New Energy Corporation. It was given the green light by the Environmental Protection Agency but is subject to certain conditions. EPA chairman Paul Vogel said that provided there were tight controls on the type of waste that the plant burned, he was satisfied that it could operate within strict emission guidelines. Dr. Vogel’s findings stem from a 2013 study by the EPA and the Waste Authority on waste-to-energy technology.
“The EPA and Waste Authority’s advice provided to the Minister for Environment last year clearly outlines that in assessing any waste to energy proposal, proponents must demonstrate that the technology components have a track record in waste treatment and are capable of meeting best practice in emissions standards,” Dr. Vogel told Daniel Mercer of The West Australian.
Under the plans for the $160 million East Rockingham plant, waste would be slowly burned in a low-oxygen chamber prior to harvesting the gas generated in the process. The gas would be burned to produce steam that could be used to generate electricity. On its website, New Energy has stated that the plant “will become part of the new generation of alternative waste treatment in Perth, and part of the solution for sustainable waste management into the future.”
The EPA had endorsed New Energy’s proposal for a similar $180 million plant in Port Hedland last year, but the Conservation Council of WA was not in accord, saying that their was no requirement established by the EPA for New Energy to separate out key recyclable materials and maximize their recovery. These materials included products such as plastics, which produce the most energy when burned. Council director Piers Verstegen stated that he would be opposed to any project that burned materials that would have a higher value if recycled.
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.
Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.