Southern California Conversion Technology


Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – March 2020


BioCycle West Coast 2020- CANCELED 
March 30-April 2, 2020 
Sacramento, CA
CMUA 88th AnnualConference - CANCELED 
April 5-7, 2020 
San Francisco, CA
SWANA 2020 WesternRegion Symposium 
April 27-30,2020 POSTPONED to August 31, 2020

Seaside, CA

May 4-7, 2020 POSTPONED to August 10-13, 2020 
New Orleans, LA

SCAGs 55th Regional Conference andGeneral 

May 6-8, 2020 POSTPONEDTBA 

Palm Desert, CA

SoCal SWANA Chapter Workshop 

June 18, 2020 

Buena Park


SB1383: A Revolution for Organic Waste
TheCalifornia Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) sent theSenate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) rulemaking package to the Office of AdministrativeLaw (OAL) for official approval on January 21, 2020. The regulations forSenate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants ReductionAct, was signed into law in September 2016. The OAL returned theregulations to CalRecycle in mid-March to clarify nonsubstantive changes.Once these regulations have been accepted, CalRecycle willbegin to support stakeholders through the implementation process, including thedevelopment of organics recycling infrastructure. The most recent recipients ofCalifornias Organics Grants were announced on March 17, 2020. Sixprojects were awarded funding, including one anaerobicdigestion facility, Hitachi Zosen Inova USA Kompogas, located inLancaster. To read more, click here. 





Ways2H:Improving the Environment While Producing Hydrogen
Californiabased company, Ways2H, has committed to cleaning up the planet with its newtechnology that turns waste, such as municipal solid waste, plastics andmedical refuse, into hydrogen. The company uses a non-incineration, thermo-chemicalprocess to create hydrogen. The standard design for the commercialunits has a eight-metric tons per day processing capacity andproduces approximately 400 kilograms of hydrogen per day the equivalent tofueling 80 fuel cell cars.To read more, click here.

Report: Waste Biomass Can Help California Meet Net-Zero Goal
Areport released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has determinedCalifornia can achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045 using technologythat includes carbon capture from waste biomass utilization. The study titledGetting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California,provides an assessment of the advanced carbon reduction technologies nowavailable, their costs, and the tradeoffs necessary to reach the states goal.The report discusses how converting biomass from trash, agricultural waste,sewage and manure, logging and fire prevention activities into fuels holds thegreatest potential for negative emissions in the state.  According to thereport, the gasification of biomass to make hydrogen fuel and carbon dioxidehas the largest promise for carbon dioxide removal at the lowest cost. To read more, click here.

FoodWaste-to-Energy Plan Changes Course on Power Generation

LongIslands first large-scale facility is turning food waste into renewablenatural gas. The company American Organic Energy has decided to sell nearly allthe plants gas to transportation-fuel markets in California. Chief executiveCharles Vigloitti is working to advance legislation in New York thatwould establish incentives for producers through a state-run low-carbon fuelstandard.  To read more, click here

Raven SR partners with Zanker to Transform Waste into Renewable Fuel
Renewablefuels company, Raven SR, has announced an agreementwith Zanker Recycling of San Jose, California to provide the site andfeedstock for Raven SRs first 25 dry-ton commercial renewable hydrogenproduction facility. The conversion technology at Zanker will produce5,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per day for the growing hydrogen economyin the San Jose region. The non-combustion, steam and carbondioxide reforming process will convert mixed feedstock, such asbiomass, municipal solid waste, biosolids, industrial waste, sewage waste,medical waste and natural gas, into renewable fuel products such ashydrogen, diesel, methane and Fischer-Tropsch fuels. To read more, click here

RenewableNatural Gas Project Proposed for Williams Lake
FortisBC, an electricity and natural gas distribution utility in British Columbia,Canada, has proposed developing a wood fiber processing plant for WilliamsLake. The process would produce renewable natural gas (RNG) and residualsand. If developed, the facility may be co-located at theexisting Atlantic Power Corp. biomass-fired generating facility site. To readmore, click here

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