Southern California Conversion Technology


Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – October 2018


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Request for Offers
Long-Term Renewable Energy & Storage Contracts
The Clean Power Alliance of Southern California (CPA) is soliciting competitive proposals for the purchase of 10-year or longer renewable energy and storage contracts through a Request for Offer (RFO) administered by LevelTen Energy. The RFO will officially open for bids on October 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. Offers are due November 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Download the RFO Instructions

For questions, please follow the formal Q&Aprocess described in the RFO Protocol document, available for download on LevelTensRFO Platform.


Alternative Technology Advisory Subcommittee Meeting (ATAS)
October 18, 2018
Alhambra, CA
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BioCycle Refor18
October 15-18, 2018
Raleigh, NC
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Resource Recycling Conference
October 22-24, 2018
St. Louis, MO
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US Biogas 2018
November 5-6, 2018
San Diego, CA
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Southern California Waste Management Forum (SCWMF) Annual Conference & Exhibit
November 14, 2018
Pomona, CA
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Waste To Renewable Aviation Fuel Technology Licensed By BP And Johnson Matthey
Oil giant, BP and chemicals firm, Johnson Matthey, have signed an agreement with California based Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch technology to convert municipal solid waste into biobased jet fuel.  The Fischer Tropsch technology converts synthesis gas into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of diesel and jet fuels. Fulcrum will use the technology in their new Sierra BioFuels Plant located in Storey County, Nevada, expected to begin commercial operation in 2020. Sierra is expected to convert approximately 175,000 tons of household garbage into approximately 11 million gallons of fuel each year. To read more, click here.

Technology Combo Yields RNG And Compost
The Surrey Biofuel Facilityof British Columbia says that Surrey has become the first carbon-neutral municipality in Canada. The Facility takes source separated organics, leaf, and yard residue from the city''''''''s residential curbside program. Through wet and dry anaerobic digestion and aerobic composting, these organics are turned into renewable natural gas (RNG) and compost. The Facility can process about 127,000 tons of organics annually, and is at about two-thirds of its capacity now. To read more, click here.

Johnston Digester Plans To Open This Winter, Really
An anaerobic digester in Johnston, Rhode Island is set to open this fall after several delays. The facility first opened in August 2017 but closed shortly after due to mechanical issues.  Once operational, the facility will have capacity to process up to 249 tons of organics each day. The biogas generated from the digester will produce 3.2 megawatts of electrical output. To read more, click here.

Aries Gasification Plant Achieves 94% Operational Availability Milestone
The Lebanon Waste-to-Energy Gasification Plant in Tennessee reached a milestone as the plant maintained a 94% uptime rate over the last 100 consecutive days. More than 460,000 kilowatt hours of green electricity were generated during 2,259 operating hours.  The gasification plant diverts wood waste from landfill and biosolids from land application for its fuel. To read more, click here.

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