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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume II, Issue 14, April 2, 2012 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

We've seen some different approaches get traction this past week for provision of alternative energy, fuels and chemicals, broadening our concept of what is "renewable", sustainable, and possible. Perhaps most impressive, we're seeing states recognize the "renewable" value of using cleanly-produced thermal energy. Go Washington State! When we can make use of the heat thrown off by an engine, heat that would normally just dissipate into the atmosphere, our total system efficiency goes up almost double. Warm up a tin-foil wrapped burrito on your truck engine's manifold, and you'll get the idea; using waste heat is Good! Combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) generating systems have been around for a long time; now, some nice small-to-mid-scale modules that can cleanly turn all sorts of "fuel" into heat and power are showing up on the market, plug-and-play systems to warm your business and your Digester tanks or maybe even run your truck.


CCHP isn't the only star, however. Run your wastewater into clear tubes, add these nano-machines and draw off pure hydrogen while detoxifying the dirty water. Take all that dirty unrecyclable plastic and turn it right back into to-specification fuels and chemicals. Then there's the UCLA folks, convincing microbes to make fuel from CO2 in the dark by electrocuting them … or something amazing like that, anyway. There's no lack of Smarts out there; given the political will for providing proper support or at least not throwing up roadblocks, new technologies will continue to pop up to answer old challenges.

Hey Rube!

Last week, Teru Talk sent up a flare about the California Energy Commission's decision to dismantle Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidelines for injection of biomethane into California'a natural gas pipeline infrastructure. Keep an eye on this one; the story isn’t close to being over yet. Rumor has it that the state thinks they caught industry double-dipping, gaming a system built with no real way to keep track of the bits and pieces in the first place. We've thus gotten a classic "parenting" response: when one kid is bad, everybody gets spanked, and more than a few people saw this as serious over-kill. The California Legislature prompted the commission's "suspension" decision; this begs the question: who exactly is running the RPS, when we can have the Rules changed so abruptly, mid-game?

The Week's News

Enviroparks Selects Costain for Waste to Energy Park in South Wales

The United Kingdom infrastructure engineering company Costain Ltd has been awarded a contract by Enviroparks Ltd to oversee development of an integrated gasification waste to energy facility in Hirwaun, South Wales. 04/01/2012


Cyclone Power and Enginuity Team for Distributed Biomass-Fueled CHP

Florida's Cyclone Power Technologies has announced a teaming agreement with Pennsylvania based biomass gasification company Enginuity Energy LLC for development of biomass-fueled combined heat and power modules. 03/31/2012


2G CENERGY Plans CHP Systems Manufacturing Plant in Florida

Headquartered in Florida, 2G CENERGY Power Systems Technologies Inc, announced it is establishing a US production facility in St. Augustine, Florida to build advanced combined heat and power (CHP) for the North and South American markets. 03/31/2012


Washington State Adds Renewable Heat to Alternative Energy Options

This week, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire signed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2664 (ESHB 2664) that included recovery and use of heat from renewable energy generation to qualify for renewable energy credits. 03/30/2012


UCLA Researchers Produce Biofuel from CO2 Emissions and Electricity

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) reports that researchers at its Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have demonstrated microbial conversion of carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity. 03/30/2012


California Suspends Biomethane-to-Pipeline RPS Eligibility

The California Energy Commission (CEC) unanimously voted to suspend elements of the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Eligibility Guidebook related to certification and pre-certification of biomethane. 03/30/2012


Canadian Austerity Budget Includes $105MM for Forest Market Development

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and industry/government partnership FPInnovations both see continued forest industry support from the Canadian government in the austerity budget just released by the House of Commons. 03/30/2012


Myriant Partners with DaniMer for Biopolymer Production

Massachusetts bioconversion company Myriant and Georgia bioplastics company DaniMer Scientific have announced a strategic alliance to develop cost-effective bio-based materials for the marketplace. 03/29/2012


Minnesota Releases Roadmap for Advanced Biofuels and Biochemicals

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota has released a comprehensive report on the status of advanced biofuels and bio-sourced chemicals development in Minnesota with roadmap recommendations for their ongoing growth. 03/29/2012


MagneGas Secures $3.88MM Private Placement for National Expansion

Florida's green metal-cutting gas producer MagneGas has announced another private placement agreement for the sale of 19,412,500 shares of common stock with warrants to purchase 9,706,250 shares, resulting in proceeds to the company of for $3,882,500. 03/29/2012


Tecogen Chosen for Biogas CHP at New York Wastewater Treatment Plant

Massachusetts based Tecogen Inc. has announced that its cogeneration 60 kilowatt module will be installed in the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Medina, New York to convert the plant's biogas to combined heat and power (CHP). 03/29/2012


HyperSolar Uses Nanotechnology to Produce H2 from Paper Mill Wastewater

Santa Barbara based HyperSolar has announced completion of successful tests converting the acrid wastewater from a pulp and paper mill into hydrogen (H2). 03/27/2012


Virdia and Virent Cellulosic Bio-Jet Fuel Passes US Air Force Testing

Redwood City based Virdia and technology partner Virent have announced successful testing of the team's cellulosic biomass sourced drop-in jet fuel. 03/27/2012


WM Riverbank Recovery Purchases GETH's Permit to Construct for Plas2Fuel Plant  Newly formed in December 2011, WM Riverbank Recovery LLC has purchased the Permit to Construct from Green EnviroTech Holdings (GETH) for its proposed waste plastic to synthetic oil facility in Riverside, California. 03/26/2012


Vega Biofuels Secures Funding, Leases Site for Waste Wood to Bio-Coal

Vega Biofuels, Inc. has announced that the company has closed negotiations on an interim funding package consisting of a Promissory Note secured Line of Credit. 03/26/2012

The Week's Action Items

Due 07/31/2012: Applications for 2013 California Fire Safe Council Grants

The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) has announced the schedule for 2013 Fire Safe grants. 03/30/2012



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