This sounds like a great idea which could be usefully replicated by government organisations around the world to increase the uptake of anaerobic digestion. It would help to match the producers of biomass and particularly organic waste with those operating or planning to construct AD plants.
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“By Anna Simet | June 08, 2012 The U.S. EPA Pacific Southwest Region has launched the Waste to Biogas Tool, an interactive map that connects organic waste producers with potential users for anaerobic digestion.The tool is designed for decision-makers with significant technical expertise in the fields of waste management, wastewater treatment and renewable energy, according to the EPA. This includes businesses, state and local governments and non-profits.A user can enter an address or city in California, Nevada, Arizona or Hawaii, and then select search criteria, which include dairies, dairy digesters, fat/oil/grease collection sites, food processing facilities, wastewater treatment facilities with digesters, organics collections programs, landfills, and fat/oil/grease haulers, as well as the search radius.
Upon generating results, the tool shows locations of business clusters, and provides the user with information about each site, including business name, type and phone number. A user can determine how far it is between a waste producer and an anaerobic digester, and the search function can also be reversed so generators of organic waste can search for partner facilities that will accept it.”
Does any one know of any other locations where this sort of mapping is being done for biogas feedstocks? It is a big problem to gain access to the feed materials at the time that funding is sought for a project, but unless the feedstock is assured, the banks will find it very difficult to fund any biogas project. Anything like this will help get new plant promoters the feedstocks they need to shoe they have access to, when they approach the banks for funding/ loan asistance.
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