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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume II, Issue 41, October 8, 2012 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "TerĂº")  

Teru's Trash Talk

No disrespect intended to England, but there are certain similarities between London and Los Angeles County, and much that they can learn from each other about waste management and resource recovery. LA has around 10 million residents, while London sports about 8 million. When it comes to Waste however, LA's got the dubious lead, generating 24 million tons per year, while London only produces around 4 million tonnes annually.

Here's where London pulls ahead: London's Mayor Boris Johnson has two Waste Management Strategies that are very rapidly changing the game plan in southern England. Late last year, Johnson's office published London's Wasted Resource and Making Business Sense of Waste, policy documents that add up all they've learned over the last half a decade and describe how London has been putting that knowledge to work. Granted, the Mayor is working in a country that wisely adds Recovery to the waste management hierarchy just below Recycling and above Disposal.

What happens when you let true Leaders lead? You see "pilot" food waste collection and conversion programs that start with 10,000 residences, businesses, and institutions and then rapidly expand by tossing what didn't work, improving on what did. You see an increase in highly integrated waste management and resource recovery infrastructure that links collection, segregation, composting, microbial biogas and biofuel generation, and thermal conversion to heat and power, not as competing interests, but as naturally complementary processes. You see a clear relationship recognized between greenhouse gas emission reduction and integrated multi-tech waste reprocessing. What you get is government-driven increase in localized waste conversion designed to cut the shipping distances to off-shore reprocessors, put the region on the path to virtual elimination of landfilling, and as a consequence create a slew of Green Jobs right in the communities generating the waste.

California now has Mandatory Commercial Recycling (whoopee), but apparently forgot to think about where and how that segregated stuff will get reprocessed. In London, they are showing Business how to make money from the stuff they used to throw away, and encouraging things like on-site conversion for heating, cooling, power, and fuels. Mayor Johnson is encouraging regional business waste Conversion, which naturally discourages disposal. Mayor Boris Johnson: my nomination for 2012 Waste Conversion Hero.

Hey Rube!

Not that Los Angeles is a slacker: the County Board of Supervisors has just formally directed the Department of Public Works (DPW) to "get busy" (again) with waste conversion. Supervisor Knabe's motion called out a four-point program of Information, Outreach, Advocacy, and Development that seriously bolsters the DPW's efforts. Go County, Go!

The Week's Extra Reading

Teru submitted his comments last Friday to CalRecycle in response to their most recent request for stakeholder imput on Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Performance Standards for AB 341 implementation.

The Week's News

CEC Plans New RPS Guidelines for Biomethane Projects to Implement AB 2196

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released a notice regarding implementation of Assembly Bill 2196 (AB2196 Chesbro, Chapter 605, Stats. 2012) by revising its Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) program guidelines pertaining to electricity generation facilities using biomethane. 10/07/2012

Cambi Process Selected for Biosolids Pre-Treatment at Netherlands WWTP

Norway's organic waste conversion specialist Cambi AS has announced that its Thermal Hydrolysis Process (THP) has been selected to pre-treat about 29,000 dry tonnes of sewage sludge per year by Heijmans, contractor for the project “Energiefabriek Tilburg” in the Netherlands. 10/07/2012

Cyclone Power Signs $2.5MM Stock Purchase Agreement for Equity Financing

Florida based Cyclone Power has announced a purchase agreement for up to $2.5 million of common stock to Global Emerging Markets (GEM) under the financier's Global Yield Fund Ltd. (GGFY). 10/07/2012

APL Schedules Gasification Experimenters Fall Workshop Weekend

All Power Labs (APL) of Berkeley, California has announced a fall hands-on Gasification Experimenters Kit (GEK) workshop and training session for November 2nd through the 5th in the company's Berkeley, California facilities. 10/06/2012

Carbon Cultures Will Host BioChar Tech Showcase and Field Demonstration

University of Washington spin-off company Carbon Cultures has joined with the Forestry Action Committee and a local community group, the Illinois Valley Forest Practices Committee to present a BioChar Technology Showcase in southern Oregon. 10/06/2012

USFS Pursues Transparency with Four Forest Restoration Initiative Update

The US Forest Service (USFS) Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) has provided a thorough update of its activities associated with forest health and fire risk reduction programs across eastern Arizona national forest lands. 10/04/2012

TMO Signs LOI for 25-yr Feedstock Supply with Brazilian Sugar Mill

The United Kingdom's (UK) biomass pre-treatment firm TMO Renewables Ltd has announced that the company signed a Letter of Interest (LOI) for a 25-year cellulosic feedstock supply agreement with Usina Santa Maria Cerquilho (USMC) in Sao Paulo state, Brazil. 10/04/2012

LanzaTech Secures $15MM in Debt Financing from Western Tech Investment

New Zealand-based LanzaTech has announced closing an additional $15 million in debt financing from Western Technology Investment (WTI), a private investment firm based in Portola Valley, California. 10/04/2012

CPUC Hosts Thought Leaders Presentation on Green Economy Partnerships

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has announced the next presentation in the Thought Leaders Speaker Series addressing the benefits and challenges of establishing Strategic Public / Private Partnerships focused on developing the green economy in California. 10/03/2012

ElectraTherm Awarded Phase II and III of DOE Geothermal Grant

Nevada based ElectraTherm has received award of Phase II and III of its Department of Energy (DOE) grant to accelerate development of its low-temperature waste heat to power technology following successful completion of Phase I. 10/03/2012

Tembec Inaugurates Mill Waste Effluent to Biogas Plant at Quebec Pulp Mill

Montreal based Tembec, an integrated manufacturer of forest products (lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose), has announced official inauguration of a new anaerobic digestion facility at its Matane, Quebec high-volume pulp mill.10/03/2012

Anaergia Commissions Large-Scale Food Waste to Biogas Plant in Scotland

Canadian based company Anaergia Inc. has announced successful commissioning and operation of a large-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Glenfarg, Scotland by its subsidiary UTS Biogastechnik GmbH (UTS Biogas). 10/03/2012

CED Funds Sysgas to Assess Quebec Landfill Gas for Use as Biofuel

Canada Economic Development (CED) for the Regions of Quebec has announced a "repayable contribution" to support testing the potential for use of methane-laden gas from the Dolbeau-Mistassini Landfill. 10/02/2012

Aurora Algae Completes Australian Demo Facility, Secures $2MM LEED Grant

California based algal development company Aurora Algae has announced completion of all requirements of a $2 million Australian government-funded Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) grant. 10/02/2012

The Week's Action Items

Due 10/15/2012: Pre-Proposals for North Carolina Biofuels Projects

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has announced the release of a Request for Proposals entitled "Strengthening Feedstocks, Production, and Products in Western North Carolina." 10/02/2012

Due 11/07/2012: Renewable Energy Project Proposals to LA World Airports

Update: Seven addendums have been released to date, one of which changed the proposal due date from October 10, 2012 to November 7, 2012. 10/02/2012 

Due 11/13/2012: 2012 Renewable Energy Proposals to Portland General Electric

Northwest regional investor owned utility Portland General Electric (PGE) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 101 megawatts electric (MWe) of renewable energy. 10/06/2012

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Recommended Reading:

"Waste-to-Energy, Second Edition: Technologies
and Project Implementation" by Marc J Rogoff and Francois Screve

 Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion Processes: Economic, Technical, and Renewable Comparisons by Gary C Young

"Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion Processes: Economic, Technical, and Renewable Comparisons" by Gary C Young


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