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Volume I, Issue 15 -  June 6, 2011 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú") 


Teru's Trash Talk 

Once I got the engine running on my first car (OK, OK, it was a Renault Dauphine 300) and filled the tank, I found some tires that weren't too bad, oh, and made sure the brakes worked. We're at that "integrated systems" stage now with most of our bio-this and bio-that commercialization: the core conversion system works and we've figured out we need a steady feedstock supply. It turns on; it converts crud; it turns off.


Globally, we are seeing evidence of attending to the pre- and post-processing parts of the process train. We can start on the front end with better MRFs, with their sorting lines, grinders, shakers and sifters. Maybe add sub-critical water / steam, and/or an enzyme bath. Close-couple the AD tanks with small gasification units to serve our own thermal demand. Finish off with our standard AQ management, but add algae to eat the effluent and CO2, perhaps catalysis to turn the methane and syngas into liquid fuels and foundation chemicals. We're getting there.


Take a look at this week's extra reading below for more on this. 


Hey Rube!


There are several Action Items with due dates this month. Check to see if any of them are applicable to you.


The Week's Extra Reading 


Teru attended the Cambi Academy 2011 in Sacramento last month and came away with new information. See his new TERU Focus Report on Sewage to Renewable Energy - Enhance Anaerobic Digestion with  Pre- and Post-Treatment of Biomass.


The Week's News


Green Conversion Proposes 99% Landfill Diversion for City of Los Angeles  The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation has been authorized to enter into negotiations with Green Conversion Systems (GCS), their top choice to provide facilities and services for municipal solid waste (MSW) conversion for resource recovery and energy. 06/03/2011


Virent Makes Drop-in BioGasoline from Corn Stover and Forest Residue  Virent has successfully produced drop-in "green gasoline" from cellulosic biomass feedstock. Virent's work was performed under the US Department of Energy's February 2010 grant to the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC). 06/03/2011


Waste-to-Biofuels Company Enerkem Closes $60MM Financing Round  Canadian company Enerkem closed on a $59 million Canadian (US $60MM) financing round, supporting its current and future projects that convert municipal solid waste to biofuels and renewable products. 06/03/2011


Deployable Waste To Energy Will Power Australian Troops with Rubbish  The Australian Minister for Defence Science & Personnel, Warren Snowdon, says the energy requirements for future troop deployments could be powered by rubbish. 06/03/2011


Shell Moves Codexis Stock to Brazilian Biofuels Joint Venture Raízen Royal Dutch Shell has shifted 5.6 million shares of common stock in biocatalyst specialist Codexis to Raízen Energia Participacoes S.A., the $12 billion Brazil-based biofuels joint venture between Shell and Cosan Limited. 06/03/2011


BION Receives First Nutrient Control Credit Certification

Colorado-based BION Technologies has received its first nutrient control credit certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for reduction of over a half million pounds of nitrogen (N) from the treatment of Kreider Farms (KF) poultry waste stream otherwise lost to the watershed and destined to contaminate the Chesapeake Bay (CB). 06/03/2011


Gevo Begins Retrofit of Ethanol Plant for Biobased IsoButanol Production Colorado-based Gevo has begun the retrofit of their 18 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota. 06/02/2011


Myriant Proposes IPO to Complete 30 Mppy Biosuccinic Acid Louisiana Plant Massachusetts based Myriant Corporation has registered their proposed Initial Public Offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 06/02/2011


ZeaChem Signs Multi-Year Development Agreement with Proctor & Gamble  Colorado's advanced biofuels and biochemicals company ZeaChem has entered into a binding multi-year joint development agreement with Proctor & Gamble. 06/02/2011


APL's GEK 2011 Power Pallet Design Shifts to Stainless

Berkeley-based developer All Power Labs (APL) has released the 2011 GEK Power Pallet development package, their newest open-platform Gasification Experimenter's Kit (GEK). 06/01/2011


ARB Updates LCFS Biorefinery Registration Tables 

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has updated carbon intensities (CIs) and other information about registered biorefineries; the updated information can be found at the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) biorefinery-registration webpage. 06/01/2011


New Zealand Biosolids Thermal Decomposition Plant Opens

A thermal conversion pilot facility installed at Rotorua District Council’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was officially opened yesterday by the New Zealand Minister for the Environment Honorable Dr. Nick Smith. 06/01/2011


CEPSA Completes R&D for New Biodiesel Production Method 

Spanish petroleum giant Compañía Española de Petróleos, S.A. (CEPSA) has completed research and development of a new hydro-treatment process for the production of biodiesel using vegetable oil. 06/01/2011


Nexterra Secures $2.5MM Equity Financing from BD Bank of Canada The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has made a $2.5 million equity investment in gasification company Nexterra Systems Corp. 05/31/2011


UK's Pursuit Dynamics Technology Improves US Biofuels Production  Pursuit Dynamics plc (PDX) will be installing their Ethanol Reactor System (ERS) in Front Range Energy's dry-mill corn ethanol production plant in Windsor, Colorado. 05/31/2011


British Bus Fleet to Run on Biomethane from Animal and Plant Waste A Stagecoach UK Bus fleet will be fueled with biomethane from household and animal waste, which would otherwise be sent to landfill. 05/31/2011


Iowa Governor Signs Incentive Law for Biofuels Use

Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad approved Senate File 531 this past week, an act supporting biofuels and renewable fuels used by the public for transport, Iowa biofuels production, and retail dealer biofuels sales. 05/30/2011


Vermont 2011 Renewable Energy Bill Signed into Law

The Vermont Energy Act of 2011 was signed into law last week by Governor Peter Shumlin. Among a great many Renewable Energy provisions, the bill includes requirements that all petroleum-based heating oil contain a minimum of 3% biodiesel, and requires state departments to develop incentives for biomass-fueled heating. 05/30/2011


Solazyme IPO Shares Begin Trading at $18 per Share

San Francisco based biofuels company Solazyme's initial public offering (IPO) shares started trading last Friday at $18.00. 05/30/2011


The Week's Action Items


Due 07/01/2011: Bid Proposals to WAPA for 2011-2016 REC Purchases  The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is requesting aggregate bid proposals for firm, fixed, per-megawatt hour (MWh) unit price per year offers for the transfer of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the Central Intelligence Agency for each fiscal year (FY) for contract terms October 2011 up to September 2015. 06/02/2011


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World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. It has been held on the same date every year and has gained an ever-growing list of participating countries. The World Environment Day 2011 theme is Forests: Nature at Your Service. The purpose of this theme is to see that special importance is given to forests by different countries. This is the reason why the United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests.


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