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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume III, Issue 48, December 2, 2013 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

Free Beer! Free Beer! If the breweries find that conversion of their wastes and residuals is financially more important than the price of their product, making their potables might become more of an artisanal endeavor. Maybe not, but it certainly could help.

No, really … soupy wastewater and wet mash costs like crazy to ship to a sewer plant or a landfill for "proper disposal", and costs even more (one way or another) if it just gets dumped out on the back forty. There's only a certain amount of mash that can be plowed back into the dirt, before the goo turns "sour" and seals out the oxygen, and the wastewater just doesn't belong in the stream. Lemme tell you, that all can make one stinky, unhealthy mess.

Put that same slop into a properly designed and operated anaerobic digester, and out comes fuel in the form of biomethane, and a dark residual that can actually benefit the soil. The biomethane can then provide electricity if it is used as fuel to run a generator, and often this is enough to power the entire brewery. The heat from the genset can make more power, or more likely, be used to help keep all the buildings and tank operations at the right temperature.

Treating the wastes and residuals at the source of their generation eliminates the transport leg. No diesel trucks on the highway equates to far less overall brewery cost, and a whole lot less diesel emissions. It's one thing to turn slops into power at a regional plant; it is quite a different proposition to convert the cruddy leftovers into useful goods right where they are first created. Companies globally are finding that the up-front expenditures needed to get these systems integrated with existing operations are a good bargain, considering all the other problems that on-site waste conversion can solve.

Then there's the "green" thing: it just seems right, to know that the suds you are sipping are made in a way that doesn't trash the planet you are sitting on. It's turned into good advertising to be able to make that claim, resulting in another six-pack going home in a shopping cart.

Hey Rube!

If you are interested in promoting clean, natural food production, the saying goes that you should Vote with your Fork: try real hard to buy just the carefully grown stuff, especially going for the local produce. When it comes to what happens with the wet and sloppy organic residuals, whether from you plate, your market or your own Foody Business, check your options for your nearest friendly AD operator and Vote with your Can … for Waste Conversion!

This Week's Top Story

Cambrian and Lagunitas Launch EcoVolt Wastewater Treatment Technology

Cambrian Innovation has announced the installation of EcoVolt™, the world’s first biologically enhanced wastewater treatment system at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. 11/26/2013

The Week's News

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Raizen Starts Construction on Iogen Biomass-to-Ethanol Facility in Brazil

Canadian company Iogen Corporation announced that Brazil based Raízen Energia Participacoes S/A, has begun construction on a commercial biomass-to ethanol facility using Iogen Energy`s (a joint venture between Raízen and Iogen Corporation) advanced cellulosic biofuel technology. 11/30/2013

Carbios and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Collaborate on Plastic Waste Recovery

French companies Carbios and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT have announced signing a preliminary agreement for future cooperation in the field of recovery and recycling of plastic waste, shaping a common strategy for the two companies. 11/30/2013

SITA UK Signs £760MM 25 Year Contract with West London Waste Authority

A consortium led by SITA UK has announced signing a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with the West London Waste Authority to recover energy from residual waste over the next 25 years. 11/30/2013

Briefing Event Scheduled in London for Upcoming Call for Bioenergy Projects

Bioenergy Sustaining the Future (BESTF) has scheduled a briefing for December 11, 2013 to provide details on upcoming funding opportunities for bioenergy demonstration projects (BESTF2). 11/26/2013

World's Largest Dry Anaerobic Digestion Facility Is Now Open in San Jose

The grand opening of the first large-scale commercial dry fermentation anaerobic digestion (AD) project in the United States and the largest in the world was held in San Jose, California last Friday. 11/25/2013

The Week's Action Items

Due 01/15/2014: Abstracts on Forests and Bioenergy for 'California Agriculture'

The University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension and the UC Berkeley Center for Forestry are soliciting abstracts for a special issue of the journal California Agriculture on Forest and Bioenergy. 11/26/2013

Due 01/28/2014: Qualifications to ECUA for Alternative Energy Facility

Florida's Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) is requesting statements of qualification (RFQ Number CC 2014-09) from experienced contractors interested in proposing on the design, construction, and operation of the Alternative Energy Facility (AEF) Project. 11/27/2013

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