Category Archives: Clean Energy

Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater Sludge: A Primer

Anaerobic digesters at Black River wastewater treatment plant

Anaerobic digestion is the most commonly used method of wastewater sludge treatment, where the primary aim is to break down the sludge in order to minimize the volume that is left for disposal. During this process the organic matter is decomposed by anaerobic bacteria in an oxygen-free environment, producing carbon dioxide and methane gases and […]

Will Environmental Regulatory Reform Benefit or Harm the American People?

Environmental Regulatory Reform could have a dire impact on the planet

The EPA is Currently Soliciting Recommendations on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda – Open for Public Comment until May 15, 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently requesting recommendations on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified in order to make them less of a burden to American citizens. Input regarding […]

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Most Climate-efficient Uses of Natural Gas

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

If we want to use natural gas to limit greenhouse gas emissions associated with climate change, it would be most effective to use it to replace fuel-oil furnaces and coal-fired power stations to generate heat and electricity rather than using it to fuel cars, buses and other modes of transport, according to a recent study […]

Waste not Want Not (Part 2): Harnessing Landfill Gas

Harnessing landfill gas in gas to energy projects.

This article is part 2 in a series on Landfill gas – Read Waste Not Want Not (Part 1): Waste as a Source of Renewable Energy Some landfill sites have programs and mechanisms in place to sort and recycle waste. Others have stepped the recycling game up a notch, by developing infrastructure to harness gas […]

Waste Not, Want Not (Part 1): Waste as a Source of Renewable Energy

Viewing waste as a source of renewable energy

We are constantly reminded that we need to live sustainably. To minimize our carbon footprint, we need to save water, save electricity, and when it comes to waste, we are repeatedly told to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The reason for this mantra is that the human population is rapidly reaching a point where it is […]