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From Pike Research: Green Garbage

Pike Research’s Mackinnon Lawrence estimates the theoretical potential for biofuels production from global waste to be around 35bn gal/year today.  This would more than double current production of biofuels worldwide while extracting untapped value from nearly 1.5 billion tons of waste.

Garbage (or, as the industry refers to it, municipal solid waste, or MSW), is a rising star in the fast-emerging advanced biofuels landscape.  Projects in development today aim to produce the spectrum of alternative fuels, but among them renewable jet fuel remains the biggest prize.

Despite this potential, just 12 named projects are in the pipeline today, worth an estimated 200 million gallons of new production capacity.  While high upfront capital costs and structural market barriers are partly to blame, the staggering complexity inherent in MSW-to-biofuel project development described by presenters at the Orlando conference was a revelation.

via » Garbage Looks For Its Green Moment Navigant Research.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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