First to sell green power to grid!


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melvin

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Biofuel Industries set to be first to sell green power to grid
By Jeana Wong, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 16 August 2007 1753 hrs

SINGAPORE: Environmental technology firm Biofuel Industries is set to build the first biomass cogeneration plant that will sell its power to the national grid.

The S$30-million plant, to be located in Tuas, will produce 9.9 megawatts of electricity.

Although its generation capacity is relatively small, the company says it is part of its plan to create an integrated recycling business in Singapore.

Biofuel Industries has hired Industrial Power Technologies to build and run the cogeneration plant under a memorandum of understanding signed on Thursday.

By turning wood waste into fuel chips, the plant is expected to halve electricity production costs.

The company says it earns revenue from collecting the waste, exporting the recycled fuel chips and eventually selling the power to the grid.

It is now drawing up plans for the Tuas plant and construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.

"We also have two other projects that are being planned and in process. They are progressing very well. That would further add to the whole integrated recycling business," said Er Kwong Wah, chairman of Biofuel Industries.

"We're producing 1,000 to 1,500 tonnes of waste wood every day, including horticultural waste. This waste must go somewhere... The end goal is to have a perpetual business that will get rid of all the waste and at the same time, doing it in such a way that it makes business sense," he continues. - CNA/ac
 

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Just waiting for them to use the process for cars! Ref: "Back to the Future"
Then the exhaust that comes out of those kind of cars will be either very smelly (like rotting garbage) or delicious-smelling (leftover frying oil from fast food joints?)... odor pollution?
 

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And it's not what I would call 'green power' either. All they are doing is taking waste that would other wise be dumped and burning it.
You could argue that it would be better to let the microbes eat the decaying rubbish and form the bottom end of the food chain instead of burning the stuff.

The co-generation plant is still producing green house gases and other polution, It's an accounting fiddle to say it's carbon neutral 'cause it's burning stuff that was once growing. Oil and Coal come from plants too. Just those plants were living and locking in carbon millions of years ago :)
 

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Think you'll find decaying rubbish creates methane gas (21 times worse than CO2). Anaerobic digesters farm the methane, burn and convert to CO2 and H20 - both greenhouse gases but less effect than methane.

Interesting the Hydrogen fuel cells will produce more H2O vapour. Right now although H2O is a greenhouse gas, its effects are suppose to be neutral becos it is in a cycle.....but if we create more???
 

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