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A listing of news items pertaining to Waste to Energy.

2014

  • Spitzauer set to be arraigned on new charges - Federal prosecutors recently amended the indictment against Spitzauer to add bank fraud, filing a false tax return and additional instances of wire fraud. GPI filing for bankruptsy to sell plant. (Free Energy Blog; June 15, 2014)
  • "Power Pallet" biomass plant - The "Power Pallet" is a portable power plant that is essentially a combined biomass refinery and generator that fits on a single pallet and can kick out up to 20 W of electricity. (FreeEnergyBlog; May 29, 2014)
  • Spitzauer in more hot water - Federal prosecutors recently amended the indictment against Spitzauer to add bank fraud, filing a false tax return and additional instances of wire fraud. He was already charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. (Free Energy Blog; May 24, 2014)
  • County collects GPI back taxes while leaving plant untouched - ...Office finalized a $58,700 auction of some of the Green Power’s equipment and tools to pay back personal property taxes. ...The county was able to sell enough assets to cover the back taxes and auction costs while leaving the unfinished biofuels plant untouched. (Free Energy Blog; April 23, 2014)
  • Green Power's bankruptcy case may be dismissed - ... citing the company’s lack of an attorney and insurance. The company also failed to file all the information needed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Green Power is being sold to Atlantis Renewable Energy Systems, which is a Delaware company that includes several U.S. and international investors. (Free Energy Blog; March 22, 2014)
  • Spitzauer trial postponed to November 12 - Spitzauer remains in federal custody. U.S. District Judge on Thursday granted a request by Spitzauer and federal prosecutors to postpone his trial, to prepare for the complex case. The discovery documents are expected to exceed 100,000 pages. (Free Energy Blog; February 9, 2014)
  • Green Power lease offer rejected by Port of Pasco - Port of Pasco commissioners rejected an offer Thursday from a Green Power representative to renew the company's lease on a biofuels plant in the Big Pasco Industrial Park. Commissioners recently began eviction proceedings against the company and its CEO, Michael Spitzauer, who has been charged with wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering. (Free Energy Blog; January 11, 2014)
  • Port of Pasco trying to evict Green Power - TheNewsTribune reports provides an update on the Green Power Inc saga, also giving the history and complaints of investors, partners, employees. While money from new sources was used to pay back disgruntled old sources, employees dedicated to the green cuase went unpaid and languished; even as Spitzaur and his family lived lavishly. (Free Energy Blog; January 5, 2014)

2013

  • Sewage to energy conversion - The plasma gasifies the solids into burnable gases... the technology seems to be well in hand already. (Free Energy Blog; December 28, 2013)
  • Green Power loses tenancy at Port of Pasco - Green Power CEO Michael Spitzauer, who was federally indicted last week for his alleged role in defrauding investors, did not make the port's Monday deadline to pre-pay its six-month lease. Spitzauer, who has pleaded innocent in U.S. District Court to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering, remains in federal custody in Yakima. (Free Energy Blog; December 17, 2013)
  • Green Power owner faces several federal charges, including fraud, money laundering - Green Power CEO Michael Spitzauer is being held in federal custody as a flight risk after he pleaded innocent to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He is accused of defrauding investors of at least $6.7 million during the past seven years, although his debts amount to at least $21.4 million, according to court documents. (Free Energy Blog; December 13, 2013)
  • Waste to Energy > Sewage > Microbial Fuel Cells >
    Major Advance in Generating Electricity From Wastewater - The new technology developed at Oregon State University uses new concepts — reduced anode-cathode spacing, evolved microbes and new separator materials — and can produce more than two kilowatts per cubic meter of liquid reactor volume — 10 to 50 more times the electrical per unit volume than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells. (WakingTimes; January 24, 2013)
  • Waste to Energy > GPI >
    Green Power evicted from Big Pasco Industrial Park - ...after not paying its rent. Spitzauer told the Herald by email that he intends to pay the port and continue to lease port property. Spitzauer also owes about $20 million to investors and a former employee, according to court records. He has yet to pay fines from the Department of Ecology and the Department of Labor & Industries. (Tri-City Herald; January 3, 2012)

2012

  • Featured: Waste to Energy > from Sewage > Urine >
    Urine-Powered Generator from Nigeria - Four teenage girls have invented and demonstrated at the fourth annual Maker Faire Africa a generator powered by urine. "What these kids are doing is taking urea electrolysis and making hydrogen and then using that hydrogen to make electricity", according to Gerardine Botte, a chemical engineer at Ohio University who invented the urea electrolysis process. (PESWiki; November 10, 2012)
  • Waste to Energy > GPI >
    Port of Pasco trying to evict Green Power biofuels plant for not paying rent - This is the second time the port has filed a case with Franklin County Superior Court to start eviction proceedings on the unfinished Pasco biofuels plant. Also, Green Power has yet to get the necessary permits to finish building the plant that Spitzauer promises will turn garbage into fuel. Spitzauer filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 in Western Washington but has not been able to get his debts discharged. (Tri-City Herald; October 23, 2012)
  • Waste to Energy > Plastic > Oil > Blest >
    Small Device Turns Plastic into Oil (video) - [Belated update] A group in Japan has devised the technology to convert discarded plastics back into oil. One kilogram of plastics, if burned, produces around 3 kilograms of CO2. When reprocessed by the machine, that one kilogram of plastic can yield up to one liter of oil. (PESWiki; August 21, 2012)
  • Featured / Best Exotic FE > Top 5 >
    Review of Sterling Allan's Coast to Coast Interview [Recording links] - On January 21st, 2012 Sterling Allan was interviewed by John B Wells on the world-renowned Coast to Coast AM radio show that boasts millions of listeners on hundreds of radio stations. The topic was "Top Five Free Energy Technologies Emerging" and also address philosophical points about the free energy revolution. (PESN and BeforeItsNews; January 24, 2012)

2011

  • Featured: Waste to Energy > Plasma > MagneGas >
    Magnegas Going Mainstream - Recent activities include actively selling Magnegas fuel for the metal working market through several distributors in the United States. They have set up a retail operation in Florida and are selling fuel direct to end users such as scrap yards and other metal working shops. (PESN; November 13, 2011)
  • Featured: Waste to Energy > GPI >
    Port of Pasco approves Green Power Inc to return - After 1.5 years of being closed down, first for an unwarranted shut-down by the State Ecology department later overruled by the EPA, then by the Port of Pasco for past payment problems; today the Port commissioners voted to allow GPI (municipal-solid-waste-to-fuel company) to renew their lease, with 6 month pre-payment terms. (PESN and BeforeItsNews; February 10, 2011)
  • Waste to Energy > GPI >
    Green Power seeks new lease in Pasco - Port of Pasco commissioners on Tuesday were skeptical of a claim by Green Power owner Michael Spitzauer that "things are different this time." The commissioners called a special meeting to hear a proposal from Spitzauer, whose company was evicted in September from property it leased at the port, to cut a new deal for a six-month, prepaid lease. (The News Tribune; and Tri-City Herald; WA; January 12, 2011)

2010

  • Featured: Waste to Energy > Plastic > Oil >
    Blest Machine recycles plastic back into oil - A Japanese device converts certain plastics into oil -- and it is presently commercially available in sizes ranging from a tabletop version for a home to larger continuous feed versions for small industrial use. The plastic is boiled, not burnt, and the gaseous fumes are vented into a water bubbler, which cools the gas into oil. (PESWiki; December 17, 2010)
  • Featured: Jobs / Waste to Energy > GPI >
    Trash-to-Gas Co. a go after EPA vetoes Ecology - Beginning in a little more than a week, Green Power Inc. will be commencing the building of municipal-solid-waste-to-fuel plants for clients around the world, with $2 billion in contracts; now that an EPA ruling has exonerated GPI from an unnecessary shut-down order by the Washington Ecology Department last year. (PESN; November 20, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy > Recycling >
    The Story of Electronics - This new fabulous cartoon video by Annie Leonard exposes how electronics have been "designed for the dump", with planned obsolescence, externalizing the costs and polluting the planet. She calls for a movement to "design to last" so that devices have modular components that can be upgraded without replacing everything. (Story of Stuff; Nov. 9, 2010)
  • Non-Fossil Oil > Biomass / Waste to Energy >
    Bio-Oil Could Replace Petroleum in Asphalt - Researchers from Iowa State University have come up with a bio-oil made from corn stalks, wood waste, and other bio-mass that could one day replace oil in asphalt. The bio-oil is made when biomass is superheated in an oxygen-free area. It is also a money saver because it is easier to pave with bio-asphalt, and it doesn’t have to be heated as high to be used. (Gas 2.0; Oct. 8, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy > Sewage / Microorganisms >
    Human waste power plant goes online in the UK - Brotish Gas has gone online with a sewage-to-biomethane plant that converts the treated sewage of 14 million Thames Water customers into clean, green gas and is pumping that gas into people's homes. Biomethane is created when bacteria known as anaerobic digesters break down organic material such as human or animal waste, food and household waste to produce a thick, odorless waste plus methane. (GizMag; October 5, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy > Waste Heat / Fuel Efficiency >
    CPT's auto exhaust gas energy recovery system - Controlled Power Technologies (CPT)'s Turbo-generator Integrated Gas Energy Recovery System (TIGERS) uses the same switched reluctance technology as its production-ready VTES electric supercharging and SpeedStart stop-start systems. CPT estimates it will take five years to bring TIGERS to market. (GizMag; September 27, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy / Plastic >
    Plastic Bags Into Power? - In a process that is as simple as throwing bits of plastic in a chamber and heating it up, Vilas Pol of Argonne National Laboratory can turn the plastic into tiny spheres of pure carbon just a few microns across. These spheres, which conduct heat and electricity, could be useful in a long list of applications from tires to batteries to lubricants. (Discovery; June 25, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy > Ethanol >
    Companies Transform Scrap Cardboard Into Ethanol Fuel - A new partnership between a paperboard mill and a biofuel producer is now producing ethanol fuel from scrap cardboard fiber, including the 5% portion that usually enters the waste stream. The cardboard ethanol is expected to emit 80% less carbon emissions than regular gasoline. (Inhabitat; May 31, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy > Plastic and Energy >
    Transforming waste plastic into an alternative fuel - A team of researchers at Northeastern University are developing a double-tank waste combustor for converts plastic waste into energy without creating harmful emissions. Plastic is first processed in an upper tank, which converts the material into gas through pyrolysis. Then, the gas moves to a lower tank, where it’s burned with oxidants, generating heat and steam, which drive combustion and generate electric power. (PhysOrg; May 10, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy > Sewage >
    UK Prepares to Use Human Poop to Power Homes - This summer British Gas ... will start piping biomethane from the sewage system — which is derived from fecal matter — right back into the homes of 130 customers in Oxfordshire. The new gas will take 23 days to complete its waste treatment cycle and when it enters homes will smell just like natural gas. (Inhabitat; Apr. 19, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy >
    Europe Finds Clean Energy in Trash, but U.S. Lags - A plant in Horsholm, Denmark, that burns thousands of tons of household garbage and industrial waste, round the clock, uses new technology to convert trash into heat and electricity more cleanly. Why is Europe ahead of the U.S. in embracing clean incinerators that turn garbage into energy? (NY Times; Apr. 12, 2010)
  • Recycling / Plastic > Plant-Based >
    IBM Creates Plant-Based, Highly Recyclable Plastics - IBM researchers announced yesterday that they discovered a method of creating highly recyclable plastics from one of the most eco-friendly materials around – plants. Not only are the material’s components greener than traditional petroleum-based products, the production process uses significantly less energy. (Inhabitat; March 10, 2010)
  • Waste to Energy > Food >
    American Food Groups turning to waste to energy - A contingent of American Foods Group is undertaking a multi-million dollar project that will make use of food processing waste in several different ways. From start to finish, they will be able to feed their new machine with about 100 tons of waste that will take about three weeks to run though the process to create a variety of products. (Alt Energy News; Feb. 25, 2010)

2009

  • Waste to Energy > from Sewage >
    British firm gets taste for 'poo power' - Britain's biggest water company, Thames Water, lifted the lid Monday on how it slashed costs by burning customers' faeces to make electricity.Energy is generated through either "thermal destruction", where dried blocks of "poo cake" are burned, or "anaerobic digestion", where the methane from sewage sludge is burned. (Eergy Daily; Dec. 7, 2009)
  • Alt Fuels > Ethanol > Cellulosic >
    Turning Wastewater into Ethanol - In a two-step process, Israel-based Applied Clean Tech start by removing cellulose (the part of the plant we can’t digest) from both the sludge and agricultural liquid waste, then Massachusetts-based Qteros ferments this treated material into cellulosic ethanol using a fast-acting microbe, solving the headache of sewage sludge disposal, providing a solution for wastewater treatment plants. (Alt Energy News; Oct. 19, 2009)
  • Top 100: Coskata >
    Commercializing Garbage to Ethanol - An Illinois startup that is developing a process to convert a wide range of materials, including wood chips and garbage, into ethanol, Thursday unveiling a "semi-commercial" plant that will be used to demonstrate that its technology can work at a commercial scale. (MIT Technology Review; October 15, 2009)
  • Plastic >
    New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel - Washington, DC company claims it can turn plastic into an oil-like fuel for just $10 per barrel, which can be blended with other components and used as either gasoline or diesel. The process entails heating up plastic using infrared light, which removes hydrocarbons without the use of a catalyst. (Inhabitat; September 16, 2009)
  • Biofuel / Waste to Energy > Sewage >
    New Microbe Strain Makes More Electricity, Faster - Researchers have coaxed Geobacter, the sediment-loving microbe who produce electric current from mud and wastewater, to evolve a new strain. It dramatically increases power output per cell (8x), overall bulk power, and with a thinner biofilm, cuts the time to produce electricity on the electrode. Now it is plausibe to begin designing microbial fuel cells for a myriad of applications including converting waste water to electricity. (NewsWise; July 29, 2009)
  • Hydrogen / Waste to Energy > Sewage >
    Producing hydrogen from urine - You do two things at motorway services: fill up one tank and empty another. US chemists have combined refuelling your car and relieving yourself by creating a new catalyst that can extract hydrogen from urine. (PhysOrg; July 3, 2009)


Memo: Need to add in the news items going back in time beginning with News:Archive:2009:June

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PREVENTION OF WASTE

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