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1 Eco Waste Management, Satarem to set up waste-to-energy plant

By: The Nation

ECO WASTE Management Co has set up a joint venture with Satarem (Thailand) Co to invest Bt850 million in its first waste-to-energy plant in Tha Rong Chang of Surat Thani's Phunphin district.
Via the JV, the company plans to invest about Bt11 billion to open six WTE plants over three years, with five in the South and one in the North.
Dheerasak Suwannayos, chief executive officer of Eco Waste Management, which is a specialist in finance and large-scale infrastructure analysis, said yesterday that when the Surat Thani plant is completed at the end of 2017 and its operation starts in the first quarter of 2018, it would have a daily capacity of 500 tonnes of waste and hourly capacity of 10 megawatts, which would be sold to the Provincial Electricity Authority.
The plant is expected to see a return on investment in about seven years and an internal rate of return of 16.5 per cent.
The JV will be about 50 per cent held by Eco Waste Management, 25 per cent by its technical partner Satarem (Thailand), a Switzerland-based company with strong experience and expertise in waste-to-energy management and solutions, and 25 per cent by a foreign energy fund.

For the first time in Thailand, the advanced mechanical moving-grate waste-disposal technology from Switzerland will be used to solve waste-elimination problems effectively and properly. It will also reduce pollution and environmental challenges.
This innovative technology allows a waste-burning process that completely eliminates the need to separate the wastes manually, thus reducing the risks of pollution and the contracting and spreading of commutable and infectious diseases.
The WTE project will comply with the plan for management of municipal solid waste and hazardous waste granted by the National Council for Peace and Order, which focuses on the disposal of accumulated waste residues in critical areas by reducing and sorting waste at its source. Hybrid technologies will be used in the conversion into energy or into most mutual benefits.
Common goal
Eco Waste Management was founded by a group of experts from various industries who shared the goal of providing effective and proper solutions for waste disposal and pollution problems. Highly advanced technology and know-how are required to tackle this challenge.
Normally, all WTE plants serve a waste-management radius of about 50 kilometres so that investing in them makes sense in terms of transport costs.
There are more than 100 locations throughout the country that generates more than 500 tonnes of waste per day on average, 147 locations that produce 300-500 tonnes and 200 points that produce less than 100 tonnes.
Torsak Chotimongkol, chief executive of Satarem (Thailand), said his company had experience and expertise in waste-to-energy management solutions. The key to reducing pollution is the incinerator, a technology that is being continuously developed based on a cement clinker plant with absolute process engineering control.
Through the mechanical moving-grate incinerator, thermal stability can be controlled for the most efficient conversion of heat to electricity. By regulating process waste, its value is under European Union standards, especially for dioxins. No sorting system is required prior to dumping in the incinerator.
Since people do not touch the municipal solid waste, infection and reproduction of pathogens are minimised.
"The types of waste differ in each region because of varying degrees of heat, so Satarem created and implemented tailor-made design and technology in building the plant to suit the types of waste in that particular region.
"The incinerator has constantly gone through an improvement process via use of mature technology and numerous freezable technologies that are the results of research in laboratories, which are not yet applicable.
"Satarem is equipped with know-how, expertise and reliable technologies that can be used to effectively tackle the waste-disposal process," he said.
Waste is considered to be the country's long-time challenge and so far standards are lacking in disposal procedures, which negatively affects the population both directly and indirectly. The management teams of Eco Waste Management and Satarem share the vision and business direction. They are ready to work together and are fully dedicated to taking the waste-management industry to the next level in Thailand, Torsak said.

2 Waste-to-energy has a future in Bulgaria

Hrvoje Milosevic, Regional Sales Manager at BDI-BioEnergy International AG

Mr. Milosevic, tell us more about your company 每 BDI?
BDI 每 BioEnergy International AG is market and technology leader in the construction of customised BioDiesel and BioGas plants using the Multi-Feedstock Technology the company has developed itself. The BDI BioGas technology ensures the production of energy from waste and by-products while ensuring maximum preservation of resources at the same time. BDI provides customised, turnkey BioDiesel and BioGas facilities with the in-house developed technologies of highest quality since the company was founded in 1996. From R&D, engineering and construction all the way to after-sales services, we operate as a true one-stop-shop.

Does energy generation from waste have a future in Bulgaria and the region?
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the estimated food, fruit and vegetable wastes percentage for each commodity group in each step of the food supply chain are 30- 45% in agricultural production, post-harvest handling and storage, processing and packaging, distribution and consumption and in the end is generated largely in the municipal solid wastes in traditional markets (SEE) and disposed in landfill or dumping sites, causing environmental problems.
The waste management sector starts slowly to be developed in Bulgaria and will increase with separated waste collection activities. According to the latest data, 73% of collected waste is dumped at landfills, while 0% goes to incineration plants. Another 23% are separately collected and are recyclable (glass, plastic, etc.).
We need to follow all actors along the value chain and the collection processes. We have to appropriate regulatory framework, do incentives for waste prevention and recycling, as well the public investments (tendering) in facilities for waste treatment. Recycling and re-use of waste are economically attractive options for public and private investors due to the fees for a separate collection and market for secondary raw materials, where all actors can see profit. In the SEE 28% of organic waste material is not being re-used for energy. Only a small portion is reused, mainly the one related to the consumption of animal products 每 slaughterhouse wastes, but also brewery and sugar production wastes. In the SEE however statistics say that 90 million tons of food wastes are dumped every year. Much of this is valuable waste suitable for energy generation.
Tell us about a project BDI has accomplished. What makes your technology preferable?
In the year 2010 BDI has been commissioned to build a plant for the fermentation of organic household waste and residual agricultural materials in Turkey. This plant is a waste management facility that processes 30,000 tons of municipal and vegetable wastes, as well as many tons of cow and chicken manure and industrial wastes. The facility is the first of its kind in Turkey. The overall effectiveness of the municipal waste management process is heavily connected to the involvement and engagement of the community, which the facility most immediately serves.
The main strategic aim of this project is that the organic waste input is used for electricity generation and composting production, as well as the inorganic waste is recycled and reused. Another pillar of the strategy is complete integration, which depends on initiating the waste management process at homes through separation and following it step by step until it is abated in landfills. A fully integrated waste management model starts with the education of households and municipalities on how to differentiate and separate waste, and is followed by collection, separation, recycling, pre-anaerobic digestion treatment, implementing BDI anaerobic digestion, de-acidification, electricity production, heat utilization, digestate preparation, composting, fertilizer and RDF production, and the eventual disposing of the inert remainders in modern landfills, constantly eliminating undesirable process odours through bio and carbon filters.
Could this type of generation compete with other renewables, especially in the context of rethinking national support schemes, e.g. the tendency for lower feed-in tariffs?
For the generation of energy aerobic digestion is an appropriate technology for handling the waste, especially from organic fractions. The waste characterisation shows it is more suitable to be treated that way. It is noteworthy that expired food and vegetable wastes, organic industry waste (spent grain, whey etc.) are a potent source for energy generation. Furthermore, feed-in tariffs, albeit getting lower in recent years, are a stimulus for many communities to consider waste-to-energy.
Communities can organise the waste collection process through the introduction of a fee for this activity, thus generating income not only from the household waste but also from the food, meat and beverage industries where a lot of waste is not utilised for energy generation of energy. These industries typically pay extraordinary fees for waste disposal instead of using it as energy resource. This scheme also represents a gate fee income for the anaerobic treatment. A combined effort with farmers, the food industry, retailers and consumers resource production, sustainable food choices and reduced dumping in landfills possesses a big income potential. Electrical and heat energy are not the only valuable end products of waste utilisation, though. There is also the outcome of the process in the form of high-quality organic fertiliser which brings further profit. So, income is not all in the feed-in tariffs, the most important effect at the end are savings in CO2 emissions and future environmental negative effects.
Does BDI work with universities and research bodies to bring about innovation? What technical achievements are you most proud of? Research and Development is crucial for BDI in order to continue to set standards in the field of sustainable energy production using the company*s own technologies. Every year, BDI invests a considerable share of its turnover in future-orientated R&D related to the utilisation of new raw materials from the waste sector and other industries to produce renewable energy and other recoverables. BDI is working in a common research centre since 2003. We are in an active membership with the Karl Franzens University of Graz, the Technical University of Graz, the European Algae Biomass Association, the European Biogas Association, ARGE Kompost Austria, and many more. Our long-lasting and close cooperation with these institutions provides us technical expertise and a wide-ranging selection of services. We are also working with members of the university in Greece and Turkey, so that we can always find the best solution for our customers

3 Waste Management Recognizes Construction Companies for Reducing Waste

Fourth Annual Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award recognizes outstanding performance in diversion and recycling
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Waste Management (NYSE:WM) announced the winners of the 2015 ※Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award,§ a recognition given to the top waste reduction customers in the construction industry whose various projects achieved outstanding sustainability milestones. This year*s winning companies diverted the highest total tonnage for recycling in 2014, as measured by an online tracking application from Waste Management.
♂ Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC 每 Mark Layman, chairman & CEO
♂ Gilbane Building Company 每 Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr., chairman & CEO
♂ J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. 每 Dave Beck-Engel, president
♂ M.A. Mortenson Company 每 Thomas F. Gunkel, CEO
♂ Robins & Morton 每 Bruce Adams, president
♂ Skanska USA, Inc. 每 Richard Cavallaro, president & CEO
♂ Wespac Construction, Inc. 每 John Largay, president
♂ The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company 每 Timothy Regan, president & CEO
♂ Walsh Construction 每 Matthew Walsh, chairman & CEO
♂ W.M. Jordan Company 每 John Lawson, president & CEO

In total, these winning companies put over 90 thousand tons of materials to reuse and achieved a 70 percent diversion rate. To know these precise calculations, as well as the impact their construction projects had on the environment, all used Waste Management*s Diversion and Recycling Tracking Tool (DART), an online application that calculates the amount of waste 每 as well as the different types of waste 每 being diverted from the landfill.
Information is updated daily with accurate recycling totals. The tool can then convert those numbers into environmental statistics, such as the equivalent amount of greenhouse emissions a project avoided. The information DART provides is used by some of the nation*s top builders to achieve LEED certification.
※Each company deserves to be applauded for successfully incorporating environmental solutions in their daily operations,§ said Jim Trevathan, executive vice president & chief operating officer for Waste Management. ※These companies have shown a high level of social responsibility through their commitment to diversion, recycling and sound environmental practices.§
※It*s great that our customers are taking advantage of the DART tool to make a positive impact on the environment by reducing their waste and increasing their sustainability efforts,§ said Kenny Lark, director of strategic accounts overseeing construction services for Waste Management.

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