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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume I, Issue 39, November 21, 2011 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

We seem to be sneaking up on waste conversion sanity, although it may not be readily apparent. Yet the number of global programs, regulations, projects and flows of real Money in support of clean waste conversion to electricity, to fuels and especially to non-petroleum sourced foundation chemicals appears to be building momentum toward, toward Something Better. Much of this impetus comes from world-class corporate top-down decision-making, where Money dictates increased use of waste and decreased use of virgin materials as feedstock for manufacturing. Another massive push comes from the Military, who are clearly tired of the Blood for Oil games.


Major waste management companies here and in Europe are shying away from simply disposing, and committing both the Corporate Vision and Bankroll to strategic alliances and equity investments in advanced waste conversion processing trains. Perhaps even more encouraging: those waste management giants are now fully integrating waste-to-product processing. They start with deeply developed collection, aggregation, and pre-processing infrastructures that are so critical to long-term project security. With an ever-broadening selection of core conversion technology companies to choose from, the front and the middle of the Waste to Product value chain falls into place.


Perhaps if any element is now lagging, it is the clean distribution of the myriad products, and the seamless integration of those waste-sourced goods into the global marketplace. For jet fuel, the airlines and the military are taking care of initial market vetting and acceptance. For use of foundation chemicals, industry-standard policy in both the Manufacturing and the Refining worlds may be handily stated as, "Hydrocarbons is where you find them." Boy, maybe it’s a good thing we throw away 250 million tons of stuff a year here in the US alone; if this trend toward clean conversion of Waste to Product keeps up, we're gonna need it all.

Hey Rube!


OK, we've apparently got at least a couple weeks before anything critical shows up demanding our Communal Attention. Take a deep breath. Enjoy Thanksgiving, and we'll keep a thumb on the global waste conversion pulse.

The Week's News

NRCS Selects New Mexico for Farm Waste to Bioenergy Pilot Projects This month's New Mexico Insider newsletter from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) happily reports that New Mexico is one of three pilot states selected by the NRCS to participate in developing anaerobic digestion (AD) projects for clean conversion of animal waste to bioenergy. 11/19/2011


Waste Management Closes Strategic Investment in Fulcrum Bioenergy Texas-based Waste Management, Inc. (WM) announced this week that it has closed its strategic investment in California's waste-to-fuels company Fulcrum Bioenergy. 11/19/2011


WELTEC's Brandenburg AD Plant to Deliver Biomethane to Grid

German anaerobic digestion (AD) specialists WELTEC Biopower has announced that its Bariskow AD facility in Brandenburg, Germany has begun operations and is processing biomethane. The plant will begin injecting around 350 standard cubic meters (SCM) of the bio-natural gas per day into the national gas network grid in mid-December. 11/19/2011


USDA Funds Waste Biomass Conversion to Energy Projects

The US Department of Agriculture has announced the final set of 2011 bioenergy project grants from the agency's Rural Energy for America (REAP) program, bringing this year's total to 52 projects in 26 states, receiving over $31 million in grant and loan guarantees. 11/19/2011


E.ON Will Start Construction on 30 MWe Bioenergy Plant This Month in Scotland Germany-based waste management and energy firm E.ON announced plans for the start of construction later this month of its second major bioenergy facility in Scotland, the £120m 30 megawatt (MWe) Blackburn Meadows facility near Sheffield. 11/18/2011


NRCan Launches RETScreen Energy Management Learning Portal

RETScreen ® International, a renewable energy technology assessment program developed and provided free of charge by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), announces the launch of a new Energy Management Learning Portal, providing guided access and full documentation to the program's latest tool-set, the Performance Analysis module. 11/18/2011


UGA Researchers Develop "Super" Yeast Strain for Cellulosic Ethanol Dr. Doran-Peterson and colleagues at the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA) have published findings of their research into development of a "super strain" of resilient fermentation yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (strain AJP50, patent pending: PCT/US2009/043358) capable of continuing sugar fermentation in much higher concentrations of solids and toxins than previously possible. 11/18/2011


CORE Biofuel Completes Biomass to Drop-in Gas Process Testing

Canadian drop-in alternative fuels developer CORE Biofuel Inc. reports successful completion of testing for the last stage in its wood to bio-gasoline processing with catalytic conversion of dimethyl ether (DME) to 92-octane green gasoline. 11/18/2011


UK Renewables Funding Allocated from Scottish Fossil Fuel Levy

Settling a long-standing dispute between Scotland and the United Kingdom (UK), decisions last week will split the reserve funding collected under the Scottish Fossil Fuel Levy (SFFP), allowing the Scottish Government access to at least £100 million to be spent on in-country renewables. 11/17/2011


CalRecycle Adopts Carpet Recycling Regulation, Waste-to-Energy Use Acceptable A Notice of Final Decision approving the adoption of the proposed regulations for Product Stewardship for Carpet was announced at the November 15, 2011 meeting of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). 11/17/2011


ECLIPSE Project Goal is to Convert Organic Waste to Ecological Plastics The Spanish research foundation CIDETEC-IK4 (Centre for Electrochemical Technologies) has announced a 3-year program for development of ecologically sound plastics from organic waste materials such as the banana plant, almond nut shells or crustaceans, amongst others. 11/16/2011


CPUC Begins Accepting Applications for Self-Generation Incentive Program The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has again started accepting applications for projects under the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) as of November 15, 2011. 11/16/2011


AE Biofuels is now Aemetis, Expands to Biochemicals and Advanced Biofuels With a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing of Schedule 14C last month, AE Biofuels has changed its name to Aemetis, Inc. effective November 15, 2011. 11/16/2011


US Forest Service Plans Advisory Committee for Oversight of New Planning Rule An upcoming opportunity to assist in oversight of the management of US national forests and grasslands has been announced by the US Forest Service's Chief Tom Tidwell. 11/15/2011


Mission NewEnergy Plans Palm Waste to Biodiesel Plant in Malaysia Australian biofuel company Mission NewEnergy Limited has announced development of its first major processing facility dedicated to the use of waste as feedstock to produce biodiesel. 11/14/2011


Green Chemistry Company BioAmber Proposes Initial Public Offering Green chemistry company BioAmber, Inc has proposed an initial public offering (IPO) and has filed a Form S-1 registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 11/14/2011


New Viridor Vision Shifts Focus From Waste Disposal to Resource Recovery One of the United Kingdom's (UK) leading waste management companies, Viridor has announced a new corporate vision encompassing a steady movement away from management of waste by disposal and toward resource recovery of energy and materials. 11/14/2011

The Week's Action Items

Due 12/21/2011: "Driving Innovation in AD" Proposals to UK's WRAP The United Kingdom's (UK) Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) announced opening of two tenders last week in its new Driving Innovations in Anaerobic Digestion (DIAD) program.. 11/17/2011


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