skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Bioenergy Potential from Food Waste in California

Abstract

This paper presents the first detailed analysis of monthly food waste generation in California at a county level, and its potential contribution to the state's energy production. Scenarios that rely on excess capacity at existing anaerobic digester (AD) and solid biomass combustion facilities, and alternatives that allow for new facility construction, are developed and modeled. Potential monthly electricity generation from the conversion of gross food waste using a combination of AD and combustion varies from 420 to 700 MW, averaging 530 MW. At least 66% of gross high moisture solids and 23% of gross low moisture solids can be treated using existing county infrastructure, and this fraction increases to 99% of high moisture solids and 55% of low moisture solids if waste can be shipped anywhere within the state. Biogas flaring practices at AD facilities can reduce potential energy production by 10 to 40%.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Energy Technologies Area
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Energy Technologies Area; Joint BioEnergy Inst. (JBEI), Emeryville, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1393612
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Science and Technology; Journal Volume: 51; Journal Issue: 3
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS

Citation Formats

Breunig, Hanna M., Jin, Ling, Robinson, Alastair, and Scown, Corinne D.. Bioenergy Potential from Food Waste in California. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b04591.
Breunig, Hanna M., Jin, Ling, Robinson, Alastair, & Scown, Corinne D.. Bioenergy Potential from Food Waste in California. United States. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b04591.
Breunig, Hanna M., Jin, Ling, Robinson, Alastair, and Scown, Corinne D.. Wed . "Bioenergy Potential from Food Waste in California". United States. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b04591.
@article{osti_1393612,
title = {Bioenergy Potential from Food Waste in California},
author = {Breunig, Hanna M. and Jin, Ling and Robinson, Alastair and Scown, Corinne D.},
abstractNote = {This paper presents the first detailed analysis of monthly food waste generation in California at a county level, and its potential contribution to the state's energy production. Scenarios that rely on excess capacity at existing anaerobic digester (AD) and solid biomass combustion facilities, and alternatives that allow for new facility construction, are developed and modeled. Potential monthly electricity generation from the conversion of gross food waste using a combination of AD and combustion varies from 420 to 700 MW, averaging 530 MW. At least 66% of gross high moisture solids and 23% of gross low moisture solids can be treated using existing county infrastructure, and this fraction increases to 99% of high moisture solids and 55% of low moisture solids if waste can be shipped anywhere within the state. Biogas flaring practices at AD facilities can reduce potential energy production by 10 to 40%.},
doi = {10.1021/acs.est.6b04591},
journal = {Environmental Science and Technology},
number = 3,
volume = 51,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jan 25 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Wed Jan 25 00:00:00 EST 2017}
}