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Biomass-to-Electricity Projects Gain Steam in California, the UK

refoodAlready entrenched in some European nations like Germany, power plants that convert organic biomass to electricity are coming to the United States and the UK.

San Jose, Calif., is seeking approval for a 40-acre site that would take compostable organic material and convert it to biogas. The facility would convert 150,000 tons of organic waste into electricity annually, reports DomesticFuel.com. Partners in the project would include  Zero Waste Energy Development Company, Harvest Power, GreenWaste Recovery and Zanker Road Resource Management.

San Jose has also considered developing solar farms to meet its energy needs.

In the UK, food waste recycler PDM Group plans to bring industrial-scale organic material recycling facilities to bear, in cooperation with German anaerobic digestion technology firm, Saria Bio-Industries, reports MRW.com.

Operating under the name ReFood, the goal is to bring a nationwide collection and recycling model that converts the organic material to renewable electricity and heat.

Saria already operates such a network of four plants across Germany, using waste collected from 60,000 points in the nation.

The first such UK facility would be able to convert about 45,000 tons of food waste annually.

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