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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume II, Issue 45, November 5, 2012 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

Last Wednesday, we realized to our horror (well, it was Halloween, after all) that even the major energy efficiency programs and associations don't think of on-site waste conversion to electricity, heat and fuel in the same sense as they do for, say, energy efficient lighting. Yet industrial facilities continue gather up their discard and pay somebody to throw them away, all the while worrying about how to make the plant more energy efficient. Big institutions paint the roofs white and re-caulk the windows, but pay somebody to whisk away the very food wastes and other organics they could convert to heat and power right on-site.

Well, some people Get It. There's this repurposed meat processing facility in Chicago imaginatively called "The Plant." The project in the process of linking all the various food-focused businesses housed therein to a big anaerobic digestion system to convert their food waste to biogas. Once complete, the whole complex won't need fossil fuels for their heat and power. The Plant is an efficient facility, we'd say, for both waste AND energy management. What about that new co-generation plant that just opened next to the food processing facility in Germany? They figured out how to turn the local "landscaping wood waste" into steam to process potatoes, while sending excess renewable power to the Grid: Energy and Waste efficiency, once again.

When thinking about "highest and best use" of available resources, consider never letting left-over stuff slip out of your grasp and into the back-lot dumpster in the first place. Recovering fuel, electricity, heat, and other goods from left-overs doesn't need to burn 100 gallons of fuel to move it to some landfill, or who-knows-how-much bunker oil to ship it across the ocean. Making manufacturing plants more energy efficient can also be accomplished to a large degree by converting those left-overs to heat, power and fuel right where the stuff is generated, and it saves the transport fuel to boot.

This isn't a question of a lack of appropriate Technology anymore; there are plenty of clean conversion systems out there. This isn't about Recycling instead of Conversion; it always takes some form of conversion, or "reprocessing" to complete the Recycling process. This is about thinking, before we let loose of the carpet cut-ends and restaurant table scraps, the processing wastes from our food production plants.

Hey Rube!

If your Business is involved in improving the quality and availability of the food everyone eats, think about how processes for more efficient waste management complement the efforts at the plant to improve energy efficiency. Each cent saved from converting fish skins to biogas to heat and power is just as effective, just as important, as adding more insulation; these things should work together toward the overall goal of creating efficient systems. Whatever "business" you are in, you should jealously hoard those scraps and pieces for conversion to improve your overall energy efficiency, especially when both waste management and energy costs are a main part of what it takes to produce the goods you sell.

Coming This Week

The Southern California Waste Management Forum is holding its  Annual Conference & Exhibit  this Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in Pomona. Teru will be speaking at the conference's afternoon roundtable on “AB 341’s MCR – Lessons Learned.” It promises to be a lively session, so be sure to attend.

The Week's News

RWE Innogy Joint Venture Opens German CHP Bioenergy Plant

RWE Innogy, the renewable energy arm of Germany's gas and electric company RWE Group, has announced that GBE Gocher Bioenergie just celebrated the opening of its biomass fueled combined heat and power (CHP) or co-generation facility on Klever Straße. 11/03/2012

Groundbreaking Announced for Biogas CHP System at "The Plant" in Chicago

"The Plant," a redevelopment project in the City of Chicago, has announced a November 9, 2012 groundbreaking ceremony for the project's biogas combined heat and power (CHP) system. 11/03/2012

Elsevier and DOE Collaborate on Free Scientific Research Data Access

Amsterdam based publisher Elsevier, part of the Reed Elsevier Group PLC, has announced reaching a collaborative agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific Technical Information (OSTI) to add 300,000 of the DOE's full-text technical reports to Elsevier's free on-line search tools, SciVerse Hub and Scirus. 11/02/2012

CEC Releases Final Documents for Electric Program Investment Charge

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has posted final documents for the Electric Program Investment Charge submitted by the CEC to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). 11/02/2012

Energos Thermal Conversion Selected for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park

The United Kingdom's (UK) advanced thermal waste conversion company ENERGOS has announced its selection for waste treatment in the proposed multi-technology Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. 11/02/2012

Sapphire Energy and ISB Collaborate on Algae-to-Oil Commercialization

San Diego based Sapphire Energy has announced a strategic partnership with Seattle's Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) to advance the research, development, and commercialization of algal biofuels. 11/01/2012

Indian River BioEnergy Center Begins Renewable Power Generation

Illinois-based INEOS Bio, part of the global chemicals company INEOS, announced that the Indian River BioEnergy Center is now generating renewable electricity sufficient to power its own facility and for export to the regional grid. 11/01/2012

REG Acquires Idle 15 MGY Texas Biorefinery to Produce REG-9000® Biodiesel

Iowa-based biodiesel production company Renewable Energy Group (REG) has announced an expansion of its production base to more than 225 million gallons, with the acquisition of a 15 million gallon per year (MGY) biodiesel facility located in New Boston, Texas. 11/01/2012

ZeaChem Completes Boardman Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery Construction

Colorado based ZeaChem, Inc has announced completion of second phase construction of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Boardman, Oregon. 10/30/2012

EnviTec Opens Biogas Processing Pilot Plant at Sachsendorf Site

German biogas specialists EnviTec Biogas AG has announced the official opening of its industrial scale biogas processing pilot plant at the Sachsendorf site in Germany. 10/30/2012

BD AGRO Constructs Russia's Largest AD-to Biogas Power Plant

German anaerobic digestion (AD) company BD AgroRenewables (BD AGRO) has announced completion of a 2.4 megawatt biogas power plant south of Moscow outside of the city of Belgorod in an agricultural region of Russia. 10/30/2012

AmeyCespa is Preferred Bidder to Develop Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park

The United Kingdom based waste management company AmeyCespa has announced that it has been selected by Milton Keynes Council as the preferred bidder for the design, development, and operation of the multi-stage Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park. 10/30/2012

Neste Oil Adds Renewable Naphtha to Commercial Product Line

Neste Oil has announced addition of renewable naphtha to its NExBTL product line for sale to its commercial customers. 10/29/2012

Novozymes Invests in Beta Renewables, Forms Strategic Partnership

Danish enzyme company Novozymes has announced a strategic partnership with the cellulosic biofuels company Beta Renewables to market, demonstrate, and guarantee their cellulosic biofuels production processes and products. 10/29/2012

The Week's Action Items

Due 11/30/2012: Applications for West Midlands UK Bioenergy Competition

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) headquartered at Aston University, United Kingdom (UK), administers the BioenNW network to "deliver local bioenergy to northwestern Europe." 11/02/2012

Due 03/01/2013: Long-Term Energy Proposals to Maine PUC

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has announced the release of the 2012-2013 Request for Proposals (RFP) for long-term contract proposals from qualified resources for capacity, associated energy and/or Renewable Energy Credits. 11/04/2012

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Recommended Reading:

"Waste-to-Energy, Second Edition: Technologies
and Project Implementation" by Marc J Rogoff and Francois Screve

Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion Processes: Economic, Technical, and Renewable Comparisons by Gary C Young

"Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion Processes: Economic, Technical, and Renewable Comparisons" by Gary C Young


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