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Volume IV, Issue 25, June 23, 2014 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "TerĂº")  

Teru's Trash Talk

If there was one place where you could ask questions about what's going on with Waste Conversion and expect to get a straight answer, what would you ask? Would you want to know how to best deal with your own trash, or what might be possible with that mountain the County calls its "landfill"? Is this a personal challenge, a matter for the municipality, a State concern or a national / international mandate, or perhaps, all of the above? Whew: that's a lot of questions.

Let's take this from a global perspective. Imagine for the moment that we have immediate access to information about the World of Waste Conversion. We want to know about the tools, the rules, the projects, and the facilities that actually work as intended. We'll need to know the kinds of thrown-away crud those facilities accept, and know what they make out of it. Don't forget about how those facilities got financed, and even what other waste-related efforts that those investors, uh, invested in. Whew: that's a lot of detail.

The flood of information served up on the Internet doesn't cover everyone, everywhere, and there will always be corners of our globe more obscure than the rest. The amount of detail about waste conversion that IS available is astounding, and the areas not yet accessible are shrinking daily. But the Internet alone is a cold and rather impersonal stream and we're talking about Humans solving Human problems here. It just makes sense to add the Human element to our search.

With that much data, we are going to need a very solid underlying structure to keep it organized and a clear way to search for the bits we want - we need a top-notch searchable database. We'll need Humans to mine the Internet, to operate the Media desk and reach out for more information, and to maintain the database. NOW we're getting close, combining Internet with Media with Big Data management. Everyone wants a cleaner world. Renewable Energy and Green Goods recovered from waste can play a key role. Teru Talk keeps track of global waste conversion, and wants to upgrade our system so that we can serve up the information quickly, accurately, and economically. That, dear readers, is where Teru Talk is headed. Welcome aboard.


Teru Talk has been accepted into the Entrepreneurs Showcase competition, a clear pathway toward garnering the resources we need to grow. This Wednesday, June 25th, the Showcase will post 2-minute Videos by each of us competitors (Yes, Teru did a Video!). For the next couple months, we each will go a-begging for Votes, vying to be among the Top Ten by this fall. When the big day comes, look over our presentation, and then Vote for Teru Talk! Spread the word: help us make it into the final round, the Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. Starting Wednesday, Vote for Teru Talk, and Vote Often! Don't worry if you forget; we'll be reminding you again.

This Week's Top Story

UPM BioVerno Renewable Diesel Will Be Distributed in Finland

UPM has announced signing a sales agreement with North European Oil Trade (NEOT) for UPM BioVerno renewable diesel, produced in UPM's Lappeenranta Biorefinery. 06/16/2014

The Week's News

NIB Finances Two Swedish Waste and Biomass CHP Plants

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has announced funding for two large scale facilities in Sweden for conversion of biomass to combined heat and power (CHP). 06/19/2014

Ford and Heinz Collaborate on Conversion of Tomato Waste to BioPlastics

Researchers at The Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz are investigating the use of tomato fibers in developing sustainable, composite materials for use in vehicle manufacturing. 06/19/2014

NEOL Biosolutions Secures US Patent for MicroBiOil-1 Technology Platform

Spanish companies Neuron Bio Group and Repsol's joint venture Neol Biosolutions S.A. (Neol) has announced that the US Patent Office has granted a patent for MicroBiOil-1, Neol's technology platform. 06/19/2014

RSB Will Host Webinar on EU Market for Used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has announced a no-cost webinar scheduled for June 25, 2014 to address the complex and expanding European Union (EU) market for purchase and conversion of used cooking oil into biodiesel. 06/18/2014

PNNL Receives $2.2MM DOE Grant for H2 Production from Bio-Derived Liquids

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will receive $2.2 million for hydrogen (H2) production from biomass-sourced liquids. 06/17/2014

$14.5MM Farm Bill Funding Available for Two USDA Bioenergy Programs

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs is available through the 2014 Farm Bill. 06/17/2014

IncBio Delivers 120,000 MT/Yr Ultrasonic Biodiesel Reactor to South America

Portugal based IncBio has announced delivery of a 120,000 MT per year ultrasonic transesterification reactor for installation in an existing biodiesel plant in South America. 06/16/2014

UK's Resource Association Releases Specifications for Waste Reprocessing

The Resource Association (RA) in the United Kingdom (UK) has announced release of "ReQIP: Recycling Quality Information Point", a new information project designed to provide a convenient reference point for understanding reprocessors’ recyclate quality requirements. 06/16/2014

The Week's Action Items

Due 08/15/2014: Alternative and Renewable Energy Project Proposals to PEDA 

Governor Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have announced that the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) will offer an estimated $12.5 million in grants and loans for alternative and renewable energy projects. 06/21/2014  

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