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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume III, Issue 4, January 28, 2013 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

In chasing Waste Conversion, we spend a lot of time trying to peek around corners. There are useful methods and technologies for turning goo into gold scattered all around the globe. It's just not as easy to spot 'em in eastern India or the UAE, where actual press releases are a rarity and English certainly isn't the First Language. But oh, our readers! The Teru Talk Global Family feeds us all sorts of interesting tid-bits, and having eyes on the foreign ground really does help. Not that Tales from the Field come ready to post, it still means tracking over time, sometimes years, before we figure out the Who, What, and Where. Yet the most important piece still is trying to grab the end of the string, the start of the story, and that's where our readers really make a difference. "Hey! Look at this … now, whaddaya think of THAT!" is always a welcome incoming message.

It’s a bright clear Northern California day, but still, those sandy beaches of Costa Rica are awfully enticing. A reader's high-sign brought the Safari Surf School to our attention this week as they crowd-source funding for their on-site kitchen grease to bus safari bus biofuel project. When they get the bugs worked out, they want to post the plans for their biodiesel module on-line, for free. Happy people, making a Business out of being responsible for their own waste and energy; gotta love it. Now, if they'll start up a small AD unit for all those food scraps … always something else we can learn to do, it seems.

We also get seriously encouraged when our neighboring regions tackle the tough decisions and make Real Progress figuring out Waste Conversion, from the bucket-scale project of a Costa Rican surf school to the 400+ acre Integrated Green Park in central Ohio now under development. Whether you're working on one relatively simple yet crucial waste to biofuel conversion or starting to tie everything together to convert essentially all of a region's waste back to goods, the need is high and the tools are available. And the more we can see what other good folks are doing, the more likely we are to not feel so Lone Ranger-ish.

That's the core premise of Teru Talk: keep hunting down the real world examples of a global circular economy, wag 'em under as many noses as possible and get Everyone thinking Conversion instead of Disposal.

Hey Rube!

Wherever you are located around this wet blue globe, there's bound to be a need to stop Trashing and start Converting. Take the time to chat about what might be accomplished in your neighborhood, your region, your state, your country. Watch for those bold soldiers out there on the front lines of Waste Conversion (many these days truly are Soldiers) and help us shine a bit more light on their entrepreneurial exercises. Come on; it gets lonely out there and it is reassuring to know people of common heart and mind are noticing.

The Week's News

Oregon DEQ Posts Presentation on Proposed Conversion Technology Rules

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has posted a presentation to the public addressing the agency's Conversion Technology Rule Development. 01/27/2013

Costa Rican Surf School Developing Closed Loop Biodiesel System

The Safari Surf School located in Nosara on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica has announced a biodiesel development and implementation initiative. 01/26/2013

Ohio Energy Coalition Webinar: Getting Renewable Credit for CHP and WHR

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Midwest Clean Energy Application Center Ohio Coalition is hosting a free webinar focused on how project developers can gain maximum credit under Ohio's renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolios for combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat recovery (WHR). 01/25/2013

ACORE Webinar: The Outlook for Biofuels in China

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is hosting a webinar entitled "The Outlook for Biofuels in China" on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:00pm, Eastern Standard Time, as part of the association's US-China Program. 01/25/2013

Canadian Plastics Industry Assoc Releases Waste Plastics to Energy Report

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has announced release of its commissioned study by the School of Planning at Ontario's University of Waterloo on the value of converting non-recycled plastics to energy. 01/25/2013

Ros Roca Imtech JV Gets Contract for Biogas Facility at Shanks Wakefield Plant  The United Kingdom (UK) based Chartered Institute for Waste Management (CIWM) has announced that the Ros Roca Imtech Joint Venture (RRIJV) has been awarded a £10m contract for an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Wakefield for Shanks Waste Management Ltd. 01/24/2013

Team Gemini Selects Colliers International to Market Ohio Green Energy Park

Florida based sustainable project design and development company Team Gemini LLC has announced selection of the global real estate firm Colliers International to manage marketing aspects of the proposed Gemini Synergy Center Industrial Park in Grove City, Ohio. 01/23/2013

UMass Amherst Researcher Awarded NSF CAREER Grant to Study Biofuels

The University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst has announced that chemical engineer and biofuels researcher Paul Dauenhauer has been awarded a $400,000, five year CAREER grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 01/23/2013

Flex PowerStation Beats Strict Emissions Standards for Energy from Methane

The investment firm Sail Capital Partners and Flex Power Generation, Inc have jointly announced that independent testing of the Flex PowerStation FP250 system has resulted in numbers lower than the most stringent emissions control standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx). 01/23/2013

BIOX to Restart Advanced Biodiesel Production at Hamilton Plant in Ontario

Ontario, Canada based biodiesel production company BIOX Corporation has announced it will resume production at its 67 million litre per year capacity Hamilton facility after stopping operations last October. 01/22/2013

Viridor's Peterborough Energy from Waste Plant Gets City Council Go-Ahead

The United Kingdom (UK) based waste management company Viridor has announced that it has received approval of the company's Section 73 application from the Peterborough City Council's planning and environmental protection committee to proceed with development of a 85,000 tonne per year energy from waste (EfW) facility. 01/22/2013

Imtech Selected as Technology Partner for 150MWe Swedish Bioenergy Plant

The Netherlands based technical services provider Imtech N.V. has announced receipt of around $45 million euro in new orders from the Swedish industrial market encompassing core competence of electrical, mechanical, and energy solutions. 01/21/2013

The Week's Action Items

Due 04/16/2013: Outline Application to BBSRC for Biotech, Bioenergy Funding

The United Kingdom's (UK) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has announced availability of a new £35 million fund established to advance bioproducts research. 01/24/2013

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