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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume I, Issue 10 -  May 2, 2011 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "TerĂº") 


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Teru's Trash Talk 

It's time to talk Heat Recovery, waste heat recovery to be exact. There are very few waste conversion projects than cannot be made better economically and environmentally by thoroughly integrating recovery and use of the heat generated. Where there isn't any "sensible heat", that is, where you can sense a change in the temperature, there is probably a need for added heat or cooling. This is an area many project developers continue to neglect, failing to look at optimizing the thermal balance as a way of pushing a marginal project into positive economics. We've covered a couple waste heat related items in this past week, and will hunt down more. If you have current waste heat projects underway or can provide real-world case studies, let us know and we'll shine some of our light on your efforts.


Hey Rube!


Teru Talk is starting to see more and more global Conversion Community reference made to California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). It's a work in progress and Teru is directly involved. You need to be too if you make solid, liquid or gaseous fuels that can displace Good Old Petroleum. It is time to contact the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to discuss your own "Low Carbon Biofuels Pathway". If the biofuels Path you follow is already identified, you need to make sure you know which one of the less-than-20-odd methods you can claim. If your Path is blessedly unique, you really need to contact the ARB, and start adding your "specs" to the growing doctrine. This will be worth $$, folks, and before too very long. The LCFS reports are due to the Governor before the end of 2011.


The Week's Extra Reading 


New Article: Maintainable Environmentalism - Will the Real "Environmental Community" Please Stand Up? A discussion of waste conversion and the environmental community.


New Focus Report:  Green California Summit 2011  . Teru was there, looking for waste conversion at the Green California Summit and Expo.


The Week's News


Nature's Fuel Breaks Ground on Waste to Fuels Plant

Multi-tech waste conversion company Nature's Fuel has broken ground on a state-of-the-art recycling facility and waste to fuels plant at the Huntington Landfill in Indiana. 04/29/2011


Proposed Kawartha Biogas Plant Locating Adjacent to Ethanol Facility   Ontario, Canada biogas company PurEnergy, Inc, has proposed to build and operate the Kawartha Biogas anaerobic digestion (AD) facility across the road from Canada's newest corn ethanol facility, Kawartha Ethanol. 04/29/2011


UC Davis Prof Receives NSF Award for Microbial Enzymatics RD

Assistant Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering Tina Jeoh at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) has received a $407,573 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to support her study of microbial enzymatic breakdown of cell walls for biofuels and bio-products development. 04/29/2011


REI Grant Will Fund Nepal Biogas Development

REI Adventures in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation has awarded an $87,000 grant to the non-profit Nepal SEEDS to help install nearly 100 biogas systems over the next three years in Nepal. 04/29/2011


Edinburgh Starts Food Waste Recycling Pilot

The City Council of Edinburgh, Scotland is asking 20,000 residents to take part in a food waste recycling pilot program. Best collection methods will be explored for different types of houses and using various kitchen food waste containers. 04/29/2011


KGRA to Convert Weyerhaeuser Waste Heat to Renewable Energy

Ayden HTP Partners LLC, a subsidiary of KGRA Energy LP, has signed a waste heat to energy contract with Weyerhaeuser for installation of a heat recovery and 800 kilowatt Rankin cycle energy generation system. 04/29/2011


BioJet Negotiates with Avjet Biotech to Build Biorefineries

North Carolina based Avjet Biotech is in negotiations for a strategic relationship with BioJet International, an international supply chain integrator for renewable (bio) jet fuel and related co-products. 04/28/2011


South Carolina City Kicks Off Southern Fried Fuel Initiative

Residents in Columbus, South Carolina can now take their used cooking oil to a residential drop-off center that will collect and store quantities of waste vegetable oil to be converted into biofuel and used to power one of the City's garbage trucks and other City vehicles. 04/27/2011


Intel's Ocotillo Campus Feeds CO2 Emissions to Algae for Biodiesel

Intel's Ocotillo manufacturing campus in Arizona is developing a pilot project to feed their CO2 boiler emissions to algae for biodiesel production. 04/27/2011


Gevo and Mustang Sign Bio-Jet Fuel Agreement

Colorado based cellulosic biofuels company Gevo has executed an agreement with Mustang Engineering, LP, for engineering and consulting services to convert Gevo's isobutanol into a renewable jet fuel. 04/27/2011


California Clean Energy Campaign Launched

The Clean Local Energy Accessible Now for California (CLEAN California) Campaign has launched to help meet Governor Brown's call for 12,000 megawatts of localized electricity generation to be installed in California communities by 2020. 04/26/2011


CEC Schedules IEPR Workshop on Renewable Localized Energy

The California Energy Commission's (CEC) Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Committee will hold a workshop on Renewable Localized Generation. 04/26/2011


Ameresco Completes Dallas WWTP Biogas Plant

The City of Dallas Water Utility (DWU) and the Framington, MA based energy solutions provider Ameresco have completed a 4.3 megawatt biogas capture, refining and combined heat and power (CHP) system at DWU's 110 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). 04/25/2011


West Coast Federal Green Challenge Launched

The West Coast Federal Green Challenge was officially launched on Earth Day 4/22/2011 as an expansion of the Federal Green Challenge program originally launched in 2008 in EPA’s Pacific Northwest Region. 04/25/2011


Frontline Bioenergy and SGC Energia Form Partnership

Minnesota-based Frontline Bioenergy has completed licensing and engineering agreements for their air and oxygen-blown gasification technology with SGC Energia, an advanced biofuels development, licensing, engineering, construction, and production company. 04/25/2011


The Week's Action Items


Nothing. Nada. Feel free to put up your feet. 


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