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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume II, Issue 47, November 19, 2012 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "TerĂº")  

Teru's Trash Talk

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so let's take a moment for thankful contemplation:

We're thankful for Communications that allow us to size up this mess we're in and SAY SOMETHING about it, without getting our writing thumbs whacked off. It's nice to know we can use the same outreach tools as have been wielded by the zealots and crazies who persist in being irrationally opposed to our excellent opinions and perspectives. We're happy to find that there are actually people Out There who READ what we write, and sometimes even say nice things. And we're just delighted with this internet thingie that lets us poke into all the dark corners and find out all this cool stuff we can then bring to those wise enough to pay attention.

We're thankful for the amount of Resources floating around out there, stuff some people still call Trash, materials that we see as Feedstock for Conversion. It's nice to know we can still get our hands on those discards, that someone hasn't yet figured out the real value of all the crud tossed into the dump, and that it remains possible for us to intercept the flow with cool ways to make raw materials out of what others no longer want. And we are so happy we're silly, to know there will be enough left-overs constantly available for the foreseeable future, a veritable treasure-trove of feedstock not yet claimed by the Powers That Be and shuffled completely out of our innovative reach.

We're thankful for Bright People that despite continually running smack dab into that Wall of Indifference have continued to believe that Waste Conversion is a worthy and sometimes even lucrative pursuit. It's nice to know that all over the world Thinking Minds keep picking at the challenges posed by not wanting to accept a One-and-Done marketplace, and are willing to stand the ridicule and derision heaped upon them for not accepting their designated place in the Throw-Away Society. And Boy, are we happy to be able to watch them make serious technical, market, and policy progress, after so many, many years of running in tight circles.

Mostly, we are thankful for Truth that is slowly dismantling and dismissing so many of the myths and excuses thrown up as road-blocks to waste conversion progress. It's nice to know that the Myth of Recycling-As-Practiced is finally being recognized as just another form of waste brokerage, benefitting a few at the expense of many. We're Happy to see clear examples of Doing instead of just Talking about waste conversion. And we HAVE to be Happy that even the Powers that Be perched in their high towers have to listen to Rabble (like us) demand a more honest and transparent approach to management and oversight of our precious resources.

Hey Rube!

Some nice solicitations are around that can boost waste conversion (if you are imaginative), although generally they have rather short fuses. There's also the Department of Energy info request: consider that RFI as a precursor to an RFP, one the agency is not ready to release just yet. And dig into Oregon's idea of what Conversion Technologies are all about; the agency is nearing completion of their highly collaborative Rulemaking process. Then to really  celebrate, let's all thank the Department of Defense for not paying much attention to technically wrong state laws that define what forms of waste conversion are acceptable in opting for an air-blown gasifier to turn Fort Hunter Liggett's base waste right into useful energy.

The Week's News

DoD Selects Sierra Energy for Fort Hunter Waste Conversion Installation

California based Sierra Energy has announced that the US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded the company a $3 million grant to develop a community scale advanced waste gasification installation on the Army's Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California. 11/16/2012

Enviva Secures $120MM for Construction of Two New Pellet Mills

Maryland's sustainable biomass company Enviva has closed on a Senior Secured Credit Facility valued at $120 million, the company's first corporate loan. 11/16/2012

VinylLoop Releases White Paper on LCA of PVC Recycling and Reprocessing

Based in Belgium, the recycled plastics specialist VinylLoop has announced release of a White Paper on vinyl recycling and reconstituting based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. 11/16/2012

Merrick to Engineer Sweetwater's 1st Commercial Cellulosic Sugar Facility

Colorado based Merrick & Company has announced that it has been awarded a contract to engineer Sweetwater Energy's first commercial scale cellulosic sugar production facility. 11/16/2012

Oregon DEQ Releases Final Draft Conversion Technology Rules

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released a number of proposed Final Draft rules developed within the agency's Conversion Technology Rulemaking. 11/16/2012

Energos Receives UK Environmental Permit for Waste Conversion CHP Facility

United Kingdom (UK) based Energos has received a full environmental permit to operate a small-scale municipal waste residuals gasification facility at the Knowsley Industrial Park in Merseyside, Knowsley, outside of Liverpool on England's western coast. 11/15/2012

Edeniq Partners with Usina Vale for Brazilian Bagasse to Sugar Demo Plant

California based biofuels company Edeniq, Inc has announced a partnership with the Brazilian ethanol company Usina Vale for development of a demonstration scale plant to convert sugarcane bagasse into fermentable sugars. 11/15/2012

National Gypsum Waste Heat to CHP Plant Begins Operations in New Jersey

Illinois based Recycled Energy Development LLC (RED) has announced the onset of operations for the waste heat to combined heat and power (CHP) installation at the National Gypsum Company (NGC) wallboard plant in Burlington, New Jersey. 11/15/2012

ACORE Releases 2012 State-by-State Resource for Renewable Energy

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has announced release of its 2012 "Renewable Energy in the 50 States", providing a two-page high level assessment of the key developments shaping the renewable energy marketplace in each state. 11/12/2012

KiOR Starts Operations in Columbus BioEnergy Facility

Texas based advanced biofuels company KiOR has announced start of operations and initial production of bio-oil at its Columbus, Mississippi production facility. 11/12/2012

Veolia Signs 25 Year Residual Waste Treatment and Energy Recovery Contract

Veolia Environmental Services has announced signing a contract with the City of Leeds, United Kingdom to manage the City's recycling and residual municipal waste treatment including developments for energy recovery 11/12/2012

The Week's Action Items

Due 11/21/2012: Responses to DOE on Biomass Feedstock Logistic Systems

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced  the release of a Request for Information (RFI; DE-FOA-0000791) seeking stakeholder and research community input  regarding efficient strategies and technologies for reducing the delivered cost of lignocellulosic biomass, increasing industry-accessible biomass volumes, and ensuring input quality specifications required by a variety of biorefinery processes are met. 11/12/2012

Due 12/07/2012: Proposals to CEC's Energy Innovation Small Grants Program

The California Energy Commission's (CEC) Public Interest Energy Research, Energy Innovations Small Grants program (PEIR / EISG) released the final suite of 2012 Program Solicitation Notices. 11/18/2012

Due 12/19/2012: Proposals to SCAQMD for Landfill or Digester AQ Systems

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP #P2013-13) to solicit proposals for the deployment of selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) emission control technologies for internal combustion engines operating on landfill and/or digester gas (biogas) to meet SCAQMD’s January 1, 2016 Rule 1110.2 emission limits. 11/15/2012

Due 12/21/2012: Renewable Energy Proposals to SCE for RAM 3 RFO

Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched its Third Renewable Auction Mechanism Request for Offers (RAM 3 RFO) for Product from eligible renewable resources. 1/16/2012

Due 01/16/2013: Proposals to Maui County for Waste Conversion and Energy

The Department of Environmental Management, County of Maui, Hawaii, has released a Request for Proposals (RFP #12--13/P32) seeking a developer to finance, plan, design, permit, construct, and own a waste-to-energy project at the Central Maui Landfill in Puunene, the largest of four county-run landfills. 11/15/2012

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"Waste-to-Energy, Second Edition: Technologies
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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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