Southern California Conversion Technology


Conversion Technology Newsletter - April 2018


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Alternative Technology Advisory Subcommittee Meeting (ATAS)
April 19, 2018
Alhambra, CA
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April 24-26, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
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Senate Bill (SB) 1383 Organics Workshop

May 7, 2018
Carlsbad, CA
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May 8, 2018
Sacramento, CA
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Southern California Waste Management Forum (SCWMF) Annual Business Meeting
May 9, 2018
Buena Park, CA
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Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Western Region Symposium

May 21-24, 2018
Palm Springs, CA
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California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) 42nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow
July 26-29, 2018
Oakland, CA
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August 20-23, 2018
Nashville, TN
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Global Green to Expand Outreach and Food Waste to Biogas Infrastructure Program to Two Southern California Cities
Two Southern California Cities will have an opportunity to partner with Global Green, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, in a new food waste recycling program. The winners will be chosen based on existing access to food-waste-to-biogas production, or an interest in investing in biogas production infrastructure, as well as their focus on underserved communities. The assistance is being provided thanks to an Environmental Champions grant from the Southern California Gas Co. The estimated dollar value of this technical assistance is approximately $7,500 per city, and will be offered at no expense to the two cities selected for the program.Over a four-month implementation period, Global Green will guide each city in creating a resident outreach program. Global Green will also host a stakeholder workshop with city leaders focused on expanding the adoption of food-waste-to-biogas infrastructure. Global Green will also help recruit Eco-Ambassadors, which will help address urban infrastructure planning, local clean energy opportunities, and the long-term success of state policy goals. To read more, click here.

Connecticut Considers Biogas-Boosting Bill
The Connecticut state legislature is considering a bill requiring gas companies and electric distributors to ensure at least five percent of their output or services is derived from renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2033. The bill could increase the demand for food waste and other feedstock for biogas. The legislation comes after a report revealed that the state has a potential capacity of 41 MW of electricity from renewable natural gas, potentially displacing 540,000 tons of carbon dioxide. The bill includes landfill gas and anaerobic digestion in its definition of biomass. While building new facilities can be costly, projects that this bill would call for would be boosted by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Additionally, the bill would create a renewable portfolio standard and establish a procurement process for RNG. To read more, click here.

Why Marylands Food Industry and Government are Turning to BTS Bioenergy
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order calling for partnership between public and private entities to enhance sustainable materials management and beneficial reuse of solid waste, which includes organics. This executive order has led to a new deal with BTS Bioenergy that will build and operate an anaerobic digestion plant in Howard County, Maryland. Located at a 400-acre industrial park where food is processed, the plant will have a capacity of 100,000 tons per year and is expected to produce 3.5 MW of power from the parks food waste. Some of the power will be sold to the utility, and some will be used by businesses at the park, which may someday also be able to tap into another end product: compressed natural gas to fuel its trucks. To read more, click here.

What Happened? Pyrolysis Breakthrough Could Cut Drop-in Biofuels Cost to $2.58 per Gallon
A team of research engineers at the Iowa State University Research Foundation have developed a new process called autothermal pyrolysis that could reduce the estimated cost of producing drop-in biofuel from $3.27 per gallon to $2.58 per gallon. According to Iowa State Universitys Robert Brown, this is referred to as process intensification and results in multi-fold increases in biomass throughput for a given size reactor while preserving oil yield. This is achieved through the addition of oxygen, which allows the reactor to be fed biomass five times faster, and provides more energy to drive the reaction rather than introducing more heat from outside the reactor. The Department of Energy has awarded a two-year $854,039 grant to the Iowa State team to further study autothermal pyrolysis. To read more, click here.

Pyrolysis Sector Makes its Case Before Congress
The CEO of plastics-to-fuel company RES Polyflow, Mike Dungan, testified in the U.S. House of Representatives recently to request that pyrolysis companies become eligible for Alternative Fuel Credit and Alternative Fuel Mixture Credit. The credits have received multiple one-year extensions and were most recently extended to cover the 2017 tax year. RES Polyflow recently entered into a supply agreement with BP and will soon begin processing plastics commercially. RES Polyflow will convert 100,000 tons of scrap plastics annually into 16 million gallons of fuel which will be purchased entirely by BP. To read more, click here.

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