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Volume IV, Issue 44, November 3, 2014 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

We're in Boot Camp. Teru Talk, and fourteen other start-ups, are all in the Entrepreneur's Showcase Boot Camp, making it through this grueling gauntlet together, learning what it means to take a Big Idea from concept to full roll-out. A great many of you helped to put us here by sending in your Votes during the initial Campaign and we thank you, assuming of course, that we survive this process.

But think about it: we're all Start-Ups, really. This is, after all, an "emerging field" and even the Giants like Poet and Novozymes, DSM and GE, are in start-up mode every time they bring out a new widget, and try to bust open the Waste Conversion marketplace with a shiny new Big Idea. In "Planet Earth Time", the entire Human Race is only a questionably-successful Start-Up.

We are all in this together. We are all trying in our own way to drive forward "Teru-ly" integrated waste management, recycling, and resource recovery. The core lessons should then apply across the board, lessons that enable us to jump the early-stage development chasm and get the right tools out there in the global marketplace. These are lessons like recognizing the value of the key questions we all need to be able to adroitly answer, in about one minute.

Who are you? What do you do? Why should anyone care?
What do you want?

(Ahem. Here goes)

Teru Talk is a Content Provider for the Clean Tech marketplace. We identify and track the global companies, agencies, institutions, and associations that are engaged in turning Garbage to Goods, Waste to Wealth. We are in the business of matching the proper waste conversion technologies to society's most pressing needs for resource security, environmental sanity, and local jobs. Now we need outside Expertise and Money to serve up that Global Knowledge on a global scale.

Here's another one of those core lessons: Start-Ups have to sell their Beliefs before they can sell their Products, and they have to know a whole lot of those Believers by Business Launch time. We believe that Everything is Recyclable, with the Right Tools, and after our four year audition with all of you who listen to our Soap Box, and Get It: this is how we can know who, where, what, and how we can cleanly convert waste back to resources. This is how we close the loop of the global Circular Economy. Welcome aboard!

Hey Rube!

What can be more sustainable than diverting stuff that would get dumped, cleaning it up, taking it apart if need be, and returning it to that grand cycle of the global marketplace? Every one of the companies in our news items this week are involved in some part of that cycle. As you read through their highlights, think about ways you might be able to apply their knowledge, their methods and tools, to the Resource Recovery challenges you see around you. Then turn it around and see if you can address the Core Lessons we've lain out from our Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. You have one minute.

This Week's Top Story

Gemma Completes Construction of East Texas 49.9MW Woody Biomass Plant

Connecticut based Gemma Power Systems, LLC (GPS) has completed construction of the East Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC) Woodville Renewable Power Project three months ahead of schedule. 10/30/2014

The Week's News

Purdue Validates Solidia’s CO2 Cured Concrete Over Traditional Methods

Engineers from Purdue University have reported that curing concrete with the problem pollutant carbon dioxide (CO2) is as good or better than curing with water, especially for use in extreme conditions. 11/02/2014

DOE Awards $2.5MM to NatureWorks to Transform Methane into Lactic Acid

Minnesota company NatureWorks LLC has announced receipt of a US Department of Energy (DOE) grant of up to $2.5 million in support of its ongoing program to sequester and use methane, a greenhouse gas, as a feedstock for the company’s Ingeo™ biopolymers and intermediates. 11/02/2014

Appalachian Biofuels Will Locate New Biodiesel Production Facility in Virginia

Appalachian Biofuels LLC will invest $3.5 million to establish its headquarters and enzymatic biodiesel production facility in Russell County, Virginia. 10/30/2014

Cirque Energy Signs $5MM Equity Agreement with Kodiak Capital

Detroit company Cirque Energy, Inc has announced that it has entered into a $5 million common stock purchase agreement with Kodiak Capital Group, LLC, a Newport Beach, California-based institutional investor. 10/29/2014

Harvest Power Raises $20 Million in New Financing for Energy Projects

Massachusetts based Harvest Power, Inc has announced a $20 million financing round that will be used to accelerate development of new opportunities with its anaerobic digestion technologies, as well as provide growth capital for both its bulk and consumer organics businesses. 10/29/2014

DTE Biomass Dedicates 9.6 MW Landfill Gas to Energy Facility in NC

Michigan based DTE Biomass Energy (DTE) has announced the completion of its 9.6-megawatt landfill gas-to-energy project with a project dedication at the Uwharrie Environmental Landfill in Mt. Gilead, North Carolina (NC). 10/29/2014

Patriot Contracts with ICM for Fiber Separation and Cellulosic Ethanol Systems

Illinois based Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC has entered into a Professional Services Agreement with ICM, Inc for its patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology™ (FSTTM) and patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology (Gen 1.5). 10/27/2014

Enerkem Enters China Market for MSW Conversion to Biofuels and Chemicals

Canadian company Enerkem, Inc has announced entering into two agreements with Chinese companies to develop municipal solid waste to biofuels and chemicals facilities in China. 10/27/2014

The Week's Action Items

Due 12/17/2014: Pre-Proposal Abstracts for Early Stage Biofuels Projects

The California Energy Commission's (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) has announced the availability of up to $3 million in grant funds for biofuels projects that are in the early/pre-commercial technology development stage. 10/27/2014

Due 01/23/2015: Applications to USFS for Wood Innovations Funding

The US Forest Service (USFS) published a Federal Register Notice on October 27, 2014 seeking proposals to expand wood energy and wood products markets to support sustainable forest management, especially in areas of the country with high wildfire risks. 10/29/2014

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