You are receiving this email because you signed up at our web site or have an interest in our content. If you no longer wish to receive our emails, you may unsubscribe by clicking the link below.

View this email in your browser.
If you received it from someone else,
subscribe so you can have your own.
Teru Talk News

Teru Talk Newsletter                Follow TeruTalk on Twitter

Volume I, Issue 27, August 29, 2011
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú") 

Teru's Trash Talk

Isn't it amazing? Yesterday we couldn't give biofuels away, and now everybody wants some.


'Course, we haven't had a good old electricity shortage for quite awhile, so the Cure for the Common Power Outage isn't right up there on the National Priority List. Wait for it; it'll come back around on the wheel. Five years ago, we watched as Sustainable Biofuels started take front page over Renewable Energy. I had a colleague ask recently, "… do you think the emerging trend to skip fuels and produce bio-sourced chemicals will hurt our national biofuels development?" Hmmm…


No. Once we've figured out how to cleanly and cost-effectively unbake the molecular cake, we can make all sorts of cool stuff. Anything that gets us closer in that Noble Quest is A-OK in my book. Making money on what we make out of waste and biomass is the "fuel" that feeds our expanding understanding, whatever widget we find to produce and sell.


Here's the New Picture I see forming: Regional materials collection, sorting, recycling and conversion complexes that aggregate and high-grade our discards. Multi-tech processing trains that use whatever combination of clean tech is necessary to convert whatever goo and crud we can't recycle. Parallel streams coming in of whatever non-food feedstock we can grow; testing, mixing and blending sub-systems to parse raw recovered resources toward next step refining and reforming. Blurring of the lines between what is a "bio-refinery" and what is simply an old-school refinery. A new framework of finished biomass and waste sourced products storage and distribution systems linked into all the other regional, national and international distribution systems.


Presto! Closed-loop foundation chemicals, fuels and energy self-sufficiency with zero disposal. Like we've said before: we're getting' there.

Hey Rube!

School's back in session and the begrudging buying of school supplies has commenced in earnest.


As you Parents cast about the stores for things that will clothe, carry and educate without causing undue childhood embarrassment, seek ye the Green. A much greater selection of sustainably produced goods are on the market now, especially if you Seek and Buy on-line. To a large degree, the push to educate our generation to recycle, made our own parents aware. Kids now want to brag that their T-shirts were woven from sustainably harvested hemp…

The Week's News

CEC Releases 2011-2012 Investment Plan for Alternative and Renewable Fuels The California Energy Commission (CEC) has posted the final draft of their 2011-2012 Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB 118, Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007). 08/26/2011


Impacts Assessed of Proposed 1-Year Extension of Self-Gen Incentive Program The US Department of Energy's Pacific Clean Energy Application Center (PCEAC) has released a review of the potential fiscal impact to California institutions associated with AB 1150's proposed 1-year extension of the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP; SB 412 of 2009). 08/26/2011


First Sustainability Report Cards Posted at Biofuels Pumps in Three States The non-profit Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) participating members in three states have now posted Sustainability Report Cards on their biofuels pumps. 08/26/2011


Virent Green Gasoline Passes Critical "No Harm" in Real-World Testing Wisconsin based Virent Energy Systems has announced that their Biogasoline has passed rigorous testing conducted by one of their collaborators, Royal Dutch Shell. 08/26/2011


Rosemount Offers Custom Biofuels Injection Blending at New Minnesota Terminal Rosemount Clean Energies is now equipped to provide custom injection blending of biofuels petroleum products to advance biofuels commercialization in the St. Paul, Minnesota region. 08/25/2011


GE Offers Fuel-Flexible Waukesha Engine for Smaller Biogas Projects

GE has introduced the Waukesha 1 megawatt APG1000 gas engine, expanding upon its line of biogas engines. 08/25/2011


Cereplast and Mastercolor AB Partner for Scandinavian Bioplastic Resin Market California-based Cereplast has signed a distribution agreement for its proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable plastic resins for Sweden, Norway and Denmark with Scandinavian bioplastics marketing and distribution firm Mastercolor AB. 08/25/2011


Codexis Reports on Carbon Capture Technology Progress to DOE / NETL Technical progress in capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) by California-based Codexis was presented this week to the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE / NETL). 08/25/2011


ICM Biomass Gasifier Now Uses Eisenmann Emissions Abatement Technology Kansas based ICM, Inc has selected emissions control systems from Eisenmann Corporation after successful testing with its Harvey County, Kansas feedstock-flexible gasification technology demonstration facility. 08/24/2011


Blackburn WWTW Converts Sewage to Biogas to Electricity in East Lancashire  The massive Blackburn wastewater treatment works (WWTW) in East Lancashire, United Kingdom, will now produce one seventh of the plant's electrical need by first converting the sewage to biogas, then to electricity. 08/24/2011


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Opens Advanced Biofuels Testing Facility The Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in Emeryville, California is officially open for business following the ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. 08/24/2011


Aquaflow and Shell's CRI Catalyst Collaborate for Biofuel Development New Zealand's Aquaflow has entered a collaborative agreement with Texas-based CRI Catalyst Company to advance algae to drop-in fuel development. 08/23/2011


Draft Regulations Released for California's New Wildfire Prevention Fund Following passage this year of the State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Fund (AB 29x1), draft regulations have been released and an updated review has been posted by the California Fire Safe Council. 08/23/2011


ACORE Proposes "Universal" Definition of Biomass

At the end of last year, the non-profit American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) tasked their Biomass Coordinating Council (BCC) to review sixteen definitions for "biomass" that are currently found in federal laws and regulations and from this, to develop one "universal definition" of the term biomass. 08/23/2011


Coskata Raises Over $20MM for Cellulosic Ethanol Commercialization Illinois based Coskata, Inc has closed a Series D round of financing, raising over $20 million to advance their integrated cellulosic ethanol biorefinery development. 08/22/2011  


California LCFS Advisory Panel Posts New Draft Documents for Upcoming Meeting The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted additional review documents in advance of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Advisory Panel's general meeting August 25 and 26, 2011. 08/22/2011 


Abengoa Receives Conditional $133.9 MM Loan Guarantee for Biomass to Ethanol Missouri-based Abengoa Bioenergy has received an offer of a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee of $133.9 million from the US Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office to support Abengoa's construction of a commercial-scale cellulosic biomass to ethanol biorefinery. 08/22/2011 


Teru Talk Home
The Dialogue at Teru Talk
Current News at Teru Talk
Teru Action Items
About Teru
TERU Focus Reports
Articles at Teru Talk


Featured Events:

2011CHP Combined Heat and Power Conference & Trade Show  

October 17-19, 2011
Houston, Texas



© Copyright 2011 Teru Talk by JDMT, Inc. All rights reserved.

Teru Talk is an online publication of JDMT, Inc with the goal of opening the dialogue and providing current news and commentary on issues and successes associated with waste conversion to renewable energy, biofuels and other bio-based products for resource recovery.

Please do not reply to this email because the mail box is not monitored and we might miss it. If you wish to contact us, please click here:

Contact Us

The Teru Talk Newsletter is published weekly or more or less frequently, primarily depending on what is going on in the world of waste conversion or ours.