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EPA adds biogas-based fuels to RFS, delays action on advanced biobutanol


EPA adds biogas-based fuels to RFS, delays action on advanced biobutanol

In Washington, the EPA qualified additional fuel pathways for cellulosic biofuel under the National Renewable Fuel Standard program. This final rule also provides guidance regarding the feedstocks that EPA considers to be crop residues, including clarification that EPA considers corn kernel fiber to be a crop residue.

Unsurprisingly, crop residues won the EPA’s OK — but the delay on butanol is a shocker.

The new cellulosic and advanced biofuels pathways approved are:

1. Compressed natural gas produced from biogas from landfills, municipal wastewater treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters

2. Liquefied natural gas produced from biogas from landfills, municipal wastewater treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters

3. Electricity used to power electric vehicles produced from biogas from landfills, municipal wastewater treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters

Other interesting Amendments to the RFS 

1. Use of crop residue as renewable fuel feedstock: This final rule specifies producers must include in their registration specific information about the types of residues which will be used, and record and report to EPA the quantities and specific types of residues used during production.

2. EPA is modifying the definition of small refinery so that the crude throughput threshold of 75,000 barrels per day must apply in the most recent full calendar year prior to an application for hardship.

3. EPA is changing the threshold for small blenders of renewable fuels that want to delegate renewable identification numbers (RIN) responsibilities from 125,000 gallons to 250,000 gallons.

Pathways not being finalized from original June 14 proposal in 2014

EPA is also not finalizing the proposed advanced butanol pathway,

and proposed pathways for the production of renewable diesel, naphtha and renewable gasoline from biogas.


See also:

VIDEO: Landfill & Bioigas to Qualify as Cellulosic Biofuel in US

The EPA has qualified landfill and biogas from AD as cellulosic biofuel under the RFS, while a new study from the ACC has found that the U.S. could power 14 Million homes from waste.




Thursday, June 19, 2014

Agency’s $33 Million “REBELS” Program to Develop Innovative Technologies for Distributed Generation

New York, NY – Today at New York Energy Week, ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin announced $33 million in funding for 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. The projects, which are funded through ARPA-E’s new Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program, are focused on improving grid stability, balancing intermittent renewable technologies, and reducing CO2 emissions using electrochemical distributed power generation systems.

“These 13 REBELS projects are an excellent example of how ARPA-E is developing innovative technology options to transform and modernize America’s evolving electric grid,” said Acting Director Martin. “Distributed generation technologies like these could fundamentally change the way America generates and stores energy.”

Find information on all 13 projects HERE.

Fuel cells—or devices that convert the chemical energy of a fuel source into electrical energy—are optimal for distributed power generation systems, which generate power close to where it is used. Distributed generation systems offer an alternative to the large, centralized power generation facilities or power plants that are currently commonplace. While centralized power generation systems have an excellent economy of scale, they often require long transmission distances between supply and distribution points, leading to efficiency losses throughout the grid. Additionally, it can be challenging to integrate energy from renewable energy sources into centralized systems.

Current, state-of-the-art fuel cell research generally focuses on technologies that either operate at high temperatures for grid-scale applications or at low temperatures for vehicle technologies. ARPA-E’s new REBELS projects focus on low-cost Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cells (ITFCs) emphasizing three technical approaches.

The first approach will deliver efficient, reliable ITFCs made from low-cost materials and system components for use in distributed generation systems. For example, SAFCell from Pasadena, California will develop low-cost solid acid fuel cells by reducing precious metals from the electrodes and developing new catalysts based on carbon nanotubes and metal organic frameworks.

The second approach in REBELS integrates both ITFCs and electricity storage at the device‐level rather than system‐level, enabling a battery-like response to transient power loads. For example, a University of South Carolina project team from Columbia, South Carolina will develop a ceramic-based fuel cell that will both generate and store electrical power with high efficiencies by incorporating a newly discovered ceramic electrolyte and nanostructured electrodes in one device to enable its operation at lower temperatures.

The third category develops ITFCs that also convert methane or other gaseous hydrocarbons into liquid fuels using excess energy. For example, Materials & Systems Research, Inc. from Salt Lake City, Utah will electrochemically convert natural gas into electricity or liquid fuel in a single step by using catalysts more effectively, and reduce fabrication costs by using a cost-effective process that can be readily scaled up for mass production.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is an Agency within the U.S. Department of Energy that invests in disruptive ideas to create America’s future energy technologies. For more information on ARPA-E and previously announced ARPA-E awards please visit: http://arpa-e.energy.gov/

Innovation in Gasification Technology:

Innovation in Gasification Technology:

Stopford in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University recently demonstrated their novel pilot scale microwave plasma gasifier to the UK’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The gasifer was developed through support from the TSB’s Carbon Abatement Technology (CAT) competition which sort to facilitate the development of novel low carbon technologies in the UK.


Microwave Plasma Gasification – PDF Document: Microwave Plasma – Stopford – ev

Microwave-Induced Plasma Gasification & Pyrolysis for the Treatment fo Solid Fuels – PDF Document: 0B5DFDA953774D3C89ACBFDC679EFCE5

World’s Largest Tire Recycling Facility Opens In Houston, Texas

New $140 Million Plant Capable of Recycling 10 Million Tires Annually


The largest tire recycling facility in the world, Genan’s new $140 million plant in Houston, Texas – capable of processing 10 million tires annually. (PRNewsFoto/Genan)



HOUSTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Bringing modernized, climate friendly recycling technology to the United States, the world’s largest tire recycling company officially opened their new state-of-the-art tire recycling facility in Houston, Texas.

Genan, a global leader in the extraction and production of rubber granulate (crumb rubber), rubber powder and steel from scrap tires, currently operates the world’s four largest tire-processing plants in Germany and Denmark.  The Houston facility will employ approximately 60 workers and was constructed over the last two years with an investment of $140 million.  The new plant has the capacity to recycle approximately 10 million passenger car tire equivalents a year, about a third of all the used tires in Texas.

Today’s grand opening of Genan’s Houston facility, now the largest of its kind in the world, marks the first manufacturing location launched by the company in the United States and will become the US headquarters for their expansion plans in an effort to capture 10% of the American recycled tire market.  The company’s strategic expansion plans include a network of 4 new plants across the US in the coming years.

Lars Raahauge, Genan’s Director of Business Development, said, “We are currently performing due diligence on a number of states across the country.  Exact locations will depend on the long-term reliability of available tire supplies as well as a business setting, community support, and a legislative & regulatory approach that is compatible with Genan’s environmentally and climate friendly tire recycling concept.”

Today, a large percentage of the world’s scrap tires are incinerated in cement kilns for tire derived fuel, disposed of in landfills or utilized in civil engineering filling operations.  This unfortunate end use of a valuable resource prohibits the beneficial recovery for the replacement of new virgin material.  Numerous scientific studies and life cycle assessments have demonstrated that the Genan recycling process, compared to incineration for tire derived fuel and civil engineering filling operations, dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions, acidification and fossil fuel demand. The company has a motto of “Don’t dump or burn a valuable resource!” to highlight the process Genan utilizes compared to other disposal methods for scrap tires.

Genan’s highly advanced recycling technology is fully automated and has undergone continuous development since inception in 1990.  Scrap tires are separated into their basic components: rubber powder and granulate, steel and textile. The end products are uniform, clean and well suited for high quality substitution applications, such as asphalt and bitumen modifications to make roads stronger and longer lasting.

Cheryl Mergo, Sustainable Development Program Manager for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, welcomed the news and said, “Genan’s Houston facility is an exciting addition to the US market and represents tremendous progress in environmental stewardship and recycling technology.”

Genan’s products are also used for synthetic turf installations, playgrounds and recreational facilities, sports tracks and grounds, asphalt roads, building products, flooring, injection molded products, industrial applications, noise insulation and many other purposes and applications.  Genan products have been utilized at the last 2 NFL Super Bowls and are currently in use across the country at a number of professional and college football facilities.

Within 24 months, the Genan Houston plant will be expanded to produce a line of very fine cryogenic rubber powder and a technologically unique devulcanization line for the production of rubber, which will be able to substitute virgin rubber compounds.

More information can be found at www.genan.eu.

Contact: Matt Welch / Horizon Public Affairs
matt@horizonpublicaffairs.com / (512) 417-8084 cell

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12 February 2014





German Tyre recycling specialist, Genan, has opened a 100,000 tonne per year recycling facility in Houston, Texas.

Claimed to be the largest tyre recycling plant in the world, the facility is said to have cost over $140 million dollars to build.

Genan uses tyre recycling technology that it said processes end-of-life tyres into new raw material in the form of rubber and steel which can be used as a substitution for virgin rubber and steel.

For each tonne recycled in one of its recycling facilities, Genan claimed that 1.1 tonnes of CO2 emissions are saved in comparison the co-incineration of tyres in cement kilns.

Thinking big

According to the company, the facility is the first step in its U.S. strategy. As in Europe, Genan said that it is aiming for a share of around 10% of the American market for end-of-life tyres.

Back in 2009 the company set up a U.S. sales organisation in order to build up a network of customers – and to foster growing knowledge of its products within recycled rubber powder and granulate.

The Houston plant will also act at a U.S. headquarters for the company, which said that it is planning a strategic network of four to five such plants optimally placed in respect of tyre supply and customer base.

Genan explained that the decision to place the facility in Houston was primarily made on the grounds of the positive business climate in Texas, access to the second busiest port in the U.S. and low energy costs – corresponding to only 39% of energy costs in Denmark.



30 April 2014

Pennsylvania based experimental high tech firm, MPM Technologies (OTCMKTS: MPML) is planning to develop a plasma arc gasification waste to fuel demonstration facility in Washington State.

MPM said that it has already engaged in negotiations with several Spokane, Washington based firms with regard to the construction of the waste to fuel facility.

The company explained that facility will deploy technology developed by its subsidiary, Carbon Cycle Power (CCP).

The patent pending photon induced plasma arc gasification technology is said to be capable of processing biomass, such as lumber mill waste and agricultural residue, as well as municipal solid waste for the cogeneration of heat and power.Plasma_1090051_WikM_200


According to MPM the CCP technology is the result of more than $20 million of private capital, over 20 years of R&D, five pilot units, and two commercial units.

The company claimed that the technology is the only photon-induced electric-arc gasification process proven to be successfully scaled up to over 100 tons (91 tonnes) per day capacity.

The process is said to actually be a chain reaction whereby thermo, photo, chemical, and ionic reactions all take place resulting in a complete decomposition of all feed material.

The CCP system is said to be capable of processing material at a 55% moisture level, and is also claimed it to be the only technology that can treat waste with such high moisture content, fully utilising the moisture to yield H2 and CO at a ratio that is optimal for the production of liquid fuels.

The company said that also plans to incorporate a bench scale system at the planned demonstration facility to produce renewable diesel and jet fuel in order to gather data, and assess technical and economic feasibility.





16 April 2014


25 April 2014



Construction work has begun on Air Products’ second 50 MW plasma gasification waste to energy facility on Teesside, North East England.

Earlier today Francis Maude Minister for the Cabinet Office, broke ground at the facility in a ceremony which was hosted by David Taylor, vice president of Air Products’ Energy Business.

Dubbed  ‘Tees Valley 2’ (TV2), the facility is expected to create 750 new jobs over the next two to three years, as well as 50 permanent jobs when the plant enters commercial operation.

The Minister visited the construction site for TV2 in Stockton on Tees near Billingham, following the Cabinet Office’s decision last year to purchase the plant’s power output for a 20 year period.

The Cabinet Office’s energy contract with Air Products is part of the government’s ‘Energy for Growth’ program and is expected to meet 2% of the government’s overall energy consumption.

“This new facility is a flagship for our Energy for Growth programme, supporting jobs for the North East and generating reliable, renewable energy while also saving taxpayers money,” commented the Minister.

The facility is scheduled to come on-stream in 2016 and will use the same Alter NRG advanced gasification technology as TV1 to convert pre-processed municipal, commercial and industrial waste – otherwise destined forlandfill - into enough energy to power 50,000 homes.

It is anticipated that once operational the waste to energy facility will process up to 350,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste.

During his visit to the site, the Minister also took the opportunity to tour Air Products’ first waste to energy facility, TV1.

According to the company, TV1 is planned to be in start-up phase later this year and will be in commercial operation in 2015. Once completed, it will be the largest plasma gasification waste to energy facility in the world.

The two renewable energy facilities will contribute to revitalisation of the local economy and help to foster a green skills base in advanced clean technology in the North East of England.

“Our agreement with the Cabinet Office serves as a strong endorsement to our state-of-the-art renewable energy projects and to the Teesside area as a leading renewable energy technology centre,” commented Taylor.

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Second Plasma Gasification Plant for Teesside
Air Products is to build a second 350,000 tonne per year waste to energy plasma gasification facility on Teesside following the signing of a 20 year power purchase agreement with the UK government’s Cabinet Office.

The Waste Gasification Debate
While a number of major projects are underway globally, waste gasification has a chequered past. Many argue that when traditional thermal treatment with heat recovery is able to achieve such high efficiencies, gasification is complex and unnecessary. Others point to low emissions and the potential to produce products such as hydrogen. WMW asked some experts for their thoughts on the subject…

Border Entrepreneurs Have a Rough Time Raising Capital

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Earlier this year, when San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, many Hispanic Texans felt they had finally arrived. When Latinos overwhelmingly helped re-elect President Obama in November, Tejanos continued to celebrate this apparent rise to power. But Hispanic Texans will never take their rightful place at the table until they succeed economically. Nowhere is this tension between rising political power and lagging economic status more apparent than the Texas border. Sixteen of the 100 poorest counties in America are found along or near the Texas-Mexico border. This isn’t surprising when you consider that Hispanic Texans generally receive inferior educations and experience higher unemployment than their Anglo counterparts. So, what’s to be done?

Some border-based entrepreneurs are trying to address these inequities by giving Latinos access to the rarefied world of venture capital.
Rodolfo Sanchez lives in the Rio Grande Valley, and earlier this year, his company, Plasma2Energy, got a contract from the city of McAllen to build a waste-to-energy plant—a cutting-edge, green-energy technology. Developed by Monterrey, Mexico-based ABA Research, the 27-megawatt plant converts municipal trash into electricity, 25 percent of which would be used by the city.

“This technology offers savings in the long term for the city, which is very attractive,” Sanchez says. “It’s also very clean, and that is very attractive too.”

Sanchez offered to deploy the first commercial-sized facility in the U.S. for ABA Research. He just needed the capital, about $15 million for the first phase.

But raising the money took longer than Sanchez’s Monterrey investor was expecting. ABA got nervous and pulled out, leaving Sanchez to bootstrap Plasma2Energy while he searched for funds—funds he still hasn’t acquired. Ultimately, ABA decided to build a plant in Mexico instead. He hopes that Plasma2Energy will build a plant in McAllen in the future, though that’s uncertain.

Sanchez says the McAllen Economic Development Corporation didn’t understand the technology enough to offer more than standard city incentives—a blow that not only cost him much-needed money, but deprived his company of an endorsement that could have generated interest from venture capitalists.

Sanchez’s experience is all too common for Hispanic entrepreneurs. A 2011 Venture Capital Census of nearly 600 venture capitalists found that 87 percent of all respondents identified as white, with fewer than 2 percent identifying as Latino. Eighty-nine percent were men.

This nearly all-white, all-male demographic adversely affects high-tech entrepreneurs who don’t fit the “white guy” tech mold.

“Most people rely on their relationships with wealthy people to get venture capital,” says Teo Tijerina, co-founder and executive director of Austin-based EDCO Ventures, a nonprofit focused on economic development in poorer areas of Texas, including the border region. EDCO has a goal of raising $50 million to $100 million in venture capital for business investment in Texas. So far it’s amassed $3.5 million from the federal government, private investors and national banks.

“If you can do a semiconductor plant in Taiwan with far less infrastructure, you can do one in the Valley,” says Tijerina, who was raised in McAllen, as was the company’s co-founder Leo Ramirez. “The border region just needs the know-how and the access to capital and technology.

Of course, there’s a whole historical basis for why they don’t have it.”

The state of Texas runs an Emerging Technology Fund to help promising start-ups. Recipients must show that they can also raise capital locally. That can be a challenge for entrepreneurs along the border. Few subsidies from the Tech Fund flow south.

“Perhaps regions like Austin, Dallas and Houston don’t need state funding, but the border, East Texas, and other parts of the state do,” Tijerina says.

Tijerina also says that Texas’ leading research universities don’t do enough to aid poor communities. At a meeting with the University of Texas at Austin’s Office of Technology Commercialization, Tijerina says, an official told him the office prefers to work with entrepreneurs who headquarter in Austin.

“It would make sense that the office show a preference toward entrepreneurs in Texas versus an entrepreneur in Michigan, but it shouldn’t matter whether it’s Austin or San Antonio or Brownsville,” Tijerina said.

It shouldn’t matter, but it always has, and only educated and motivated border entrepreneurs are going to change that.


Cindy Casares is a columnist for the Texas Observer. She is also the founding Editor of Guanabee Media, an English-language, pop culture blog network about Latinos established in 2007. She has a Master’s in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter. Prior to her career in journalism, she spent ten years in New York City as an advertising copywriter. During her undergraduate career at the University of Texas she served under Governor Ann Richards as a Senate Messenger during the 72nd Texas Legislature.



Biodiesel producers to meet with lawmakers, White House officials

Anne Steckel

By The National Biodiesel Board | June 05, 2012

More than 120 biodiesel leaders are visiting Washington this week to call on Congress to extend the expired biodiesel tax incentive and to urge the Obama administration to quickly finalize the U.S. EPA’s proposal to grow biodiesel volumes under the renewable fuel standard next year.

“Washington’s failure to act on these two issues has effectively halted the momentum our industry built last year in producing a record of nearly 1.1 billion gallons,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board. “It is locking up millions of dollars in investments that could be creating jobs, purchasing equipment and feedstock, and driving economic growth.”

Industry leaders will be meeting with White House officials and members of Congress June 5. They will specifically be calling for the Obama administration to follow through with the EPA’s proposal to increase the biodiesel volume requirement under the RFS to 1.28 billion gallons in 2013, up from 1 billion gallons this year. Late last year, the Obama administration delayed the decision.

“This is a proposal that has strong support from the EPA and USDA, and yet it has been caught up in a bureaucratic delay for nearly a year, without any explanation or justification,” Steckel said. “It is blocking significant investment and hiring, so we are pleading with the Obama administration to follow through with its ‘all-of-the-above’ energy rhetoric by finalizing this proposal. It is something the administration can do tomorrow, without waiting on Congress.”

The Administration’s delay on the RFS rule has come as Congress allowed the biodiesel tax incentive to expire on Dec. 31. The tax incentive has broad bipartisan support, and biodiesel leaders will be urging lawmakers on Capitol Hill to pass an extension as soon as possible.

“There is no magic bullet for fighting high gas prices, but we can chip away at the problem by diversifying our supplies through strong domestic energy policies like these,” Steckel said. “We know these policies work.”

“Green Energy From Recycled Solid Waste” Group from University of Texas Pan American, presented Final Report

May 3, 2012

The group “Green Energy From Recycled Solid Waste” from University of Texas Panamerican, presented their final report for the Senior Design Project – Spring 2012. The group formed by:

  • Cone S. Salinas Treviño
  • Lauro Cantu
  • Jordan Sanchez
  • David Ramirez

Dr. Miguel A. gonzalez was the Technical Advisor; Mr. Hector Ramirez-Garza was their PG Corp Advisor and Dr. Kamal Sarkar was their Faculty Advisor; Mr. Rodolfo R. Sanchez, President and CEO Plasma Gasification Corp.

UTPanamerican Senior Design Project Group


The objective of this project is to investigate, design and validate a system for a plant that converts solid waste into energy in an efficient and cost effective manner for Plasma Gasification Corp(“PGCorp”). A general schematic of the proposed system is presented. The input will come from the solid waste produced in the Rio Grande Valley area, specifically tires and green brush, having reduced contamination to the environment as a collateral effect. The outputs to be sold will be mainly thermal and electric energy, in addition, synthetic fuels production and the sales of the vitrified slag that comes out of the reactor were also explored as options for extra incomes. This project covers from identifying the best sources of waste in the region, along with the best transportation methods to ensure the desirable amount of fuel to the reactor. In addition, to define the optimal way to dispose of the synthetic gas that the reactor produces and to find the best way to sell the inert slag that comes out of the reactor which has a commercial value. The validation of this project was achieved with Arena simulation software. A financial analysis was also made to validate the economic part of the project.

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McAllen to employ green cards to draw foreign investors

Dave Hendricks

2011-10-09 16:47:14

McALLEN — With banks hesitant to lend, McAllen hopes to spur development in Hidalgo County by using green cards to lure wealthy foreign investors.

On Sept. 27, the federal government approved McAllen’s application for an EB-5 Regional Center, which allows foreign nationals who invest and create jobs in the United States to receive green cards. The EB-5 program takes its name from the federal employment-based immigration program for foreign investors.

Hidalgo County’s high unemployment rate, which lowers the required investment from $1 million to $500,000; the regional designation, which has less stringent requirements than the traditional EB-5 program; and the city’s backing, which may help reassure foreign investors, make McAllen’s EB-5 Regional Center attractive.

“One of the biggest issues we continue to be faced with is the lack of funding for projects,” said Keith Patridge, president and CEO of the McAllen Economic Development Corp.

As a renewed banking crisis threatens to engulf Europe and U.S. banks face a stagnant economy, the EB-5 Regional Center will help Hidalgo County business ventures attract much-needed capital. In return, wealthy foreign investors become eligible for coveted green cards, which bestow permanent residency.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services lists 10 regional centers across Texas, but doesn’t yet display a listing for McAllen. Only one, USA NOW Regional Center, also focuses on Hidalgo County.

McAllen hired Roy Cantu, a retired banker who worked with international clients at IBC Bank and Lone Star National Bank, to manage the regional center, which operates from the McAllen EDC’s offices at 6401 S. 33rd St. (He’s not to be confused with Roy Cantu, director of McAllen’s Public Information Office.)

Cantu said McAllen already has several projects in the pipeline, including a 121-room hotel northwest of the McAllen Convention Center, a research startup called Plasma2Energy and a mixed-use development near the intersection of Expressway 83 and Taylor Road.

Once the first project is completed, Cantu said he expects substantial interest from foreign investors.

McAllen’s EB-5 Regional Center allows investment across Hidalgo County in 12 business sectors including fruit and vegetable wholesale, construction, retail and manufacturing.

The traditional EB-5 program requires investors to be involved in the day-to-day operation of a business, which must directly create 10 jobs within two years. Investors who work through regional centers have less stringent requirements.

While the investor must still create 10 jobs, applying through a regional center allows the investor to consider indirect employment, “jobs shown to have been created collaterally or as a result of capital invested in a commercial enterprise,” according to Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website.

Investors affiliated with a regional center also have the flexibility to become silent partners or simply members of a board overseeing a company, instead of day-to-day managers.

The USA NOW Regional Center also has several major projects under way, including a $15 million gas wholesale business in Weslaco that will create 200 jobs, said Marco Ramirez, director and owner of USA NOW.

Ramirez, reached on his cellphone, was preparing to visit Mexico City for an event called “Texas for Sale.” There, Ramirez said USA NOW would discuss how potential Mexican investors could acquire distressed U.S. assets, including foreclosed property.

Accountants, immigration attorneys and estate planners will be on hand at the event this week at Mexico City’sPresidente Intercontinental Hotel.

Dave Hendricks covers McAllen and general assignments for The Monitor. He can be reached at (956) 683-4452.

rgVision Magazine features Plasma2Energy as a clean alternative

Read the full interview at http://rgvisionmagazine.com/?p=1355

Plasma2Energy technology featured at BioFuelsDigest.com

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Listen to the KURV radio interview with Rodolfo Sanchez, CEO of Plasma2Energy

Rodolfo Sanchez, CEO of Plasma2Energy was interviewed by XXX at KURV radio in McAllen, TX, where he talks about the benefits and characteristics of the ABA Plasma Gasification Process.

Listen to the complete interview here:
KURV radio interview with Rodolfo Sanchez

Plasma2Energy es mencionado en prensa mexicana como uno de los ganadores del premio por innovación

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Plasma2Energy named as one of four most innovative companies by McAllen Chamber of Commerce

McAllen TX Chamber of Commerce Grant

Plasma2Energy was named by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce as one of the city’s most innovative companies. With the award, Plasma2Energy received $10,000 from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce innovation grant. Information regarding the award is detailed in the following:

McAllen Chamber of Commerce News (http://www.mcallen.org/Chamber-News/1010234)

Yahoo Finance – Plasma2Energy Selected as One of Fifteen Finalists to Compete at TechConnect World’s CTSI Utility Technology Challenge

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Plasma2Energy named among the 15 semifinalists for Top Utility Technology Solutions by CTSI

Companies to Present in Boston at TechConnect World June 14-16

AUSTIN, Texas, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) and its committee of utility and system integrator technologists from Lockheed Martin, Austin Energy, National Grid, Northeast Utilities and the City of Anaheim would like to recognize the 2011 Top 15 Utility Solutions.

Over 100 companies spanning the clean energy spectrum applied into the annual Utility Technology Challenge competition designed to match promising new technologies with testing, demonstration, and early adoption partners. The following 15 emerged as the organizations with the strongest business plans and most compelling solutions to the real-world customers evaluating them:

  • 7 AC Technologies, Massachusetts
  • EcoFactor, California
  • Electric Pipeline Corporation, New York
  • Energy Compression, Inc., Massachusetts
  • EnerVault, California
  • Ideal Power Converters, Texas
  • Innosepra, LLC, New Jersey
  • Minesto, Sweden
  • NovaThermal Energy, Pennsylvania
  • Plasma Gasification Corp., Texas
  • Power Tagging, Colorado
  • Tropos Networks, California
  • V&R Energy Systems Research, Inc., California
  • XTreme Power, Texas
  • Undisclosed Company

“Northeast Utilities focuses on advancing a growing portfolio of energy solutions to address New England’s long-term energy and environmental goals. I believe we have selected promising technologies that could help us strengthen that portfolio. I look forward to the opportunity of working with them in the Utility Technology Challenge,” said Camilo Serna, Northeast Utilities director of strategic planning and energy productivity.

These semifinalists will attend TechConnect World in Boston on June 14 and present their technologies in a quick pitch session to the evaluation committee, investors, corporate partners, and utilities. A panel of judges will award the top three companies with interviews in their companies and potential testing and demonstration opportunities.

“Our goal at EcoFactor is to help utilities provide their customers with a money-saving residential energy management service that does not require a sacrifice in comfort or change in behavior,” said Scott Hublou, co-founder of EcoFactor and SVP of products. “It is an honor to be chosen as a Top 15 Utility Solution by a committee of leaders in the energy industry, as it further validates our approach and ability to propel consumer adoption of energy efficiency in the residential sector.”

To learn more about the Challenge, visit http://ct-si.org/services/cleanTest/challenge.html. To register for TechConnect World and attend the event, visit http://www.techconnectworld.com/Cleantech2011/.

About Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI):

The Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), a 501c6 non-profit industry association, represents the organizations developing, commercializing, and implementing energy, water, and environmental technologies. Clean technologies offer much needed solutions to growing resource security and sustainability concerns and are critical to maintaining economic competitiveness. CTSI brings together global leaders for advocacy, community development, networking, and information sharing to help bring these needed technologies to market more rapidly.

Read the original Press Release here.

Fox News profiles Plasma2Energy in Austin

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AlterEnergyMag.com Q&A with Rodolfo Sanchez and Teo Tijerina

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EnergyRefuge.com profiles Plasma2Energy

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BioRefining Magazine: Interview with PG Corp.

Microwave-induced plasma gasification technology makes headway

By Bryan Sims | February 17, 2011

As rapid accumulation of MSW continues to stress landfills, many municipalities across the U.S. are in search of cost-effective, energy efficient technologies capable of converting millions of tons of this waste into saleable products. Plasma arc gasification is one technology that has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a solution.

Edinburg, Texas-based plasma gasification technology developer Plasma2Energy, along with its holding company Plasma Gasification Corp., intends to be part of the solution by deploying its patented version of plasma gasification units across the U.S.

While plasma gasification isn’t new technology, much of the developments in the field have centered on improvements to existing or older technologies. Traditionally, plasma gasification uses an arc or torch where temperatures can exceed that of the Sun’s surface, essentially vaporizing the incoming MSW material to make syngas that can be converted into electricity, biofuels and other products.

According to chemical engineering graduate and Plasma2Energy vice president Teo Tijerina, the company took a different approach for its technology. Instead of going by the traditional electrical plasma arc concept, Plasma2Energy’s “ABA Process” utilizes high intensity microwave induction to create a plasma field, which Tijerina said is a key factor that makes the plasma gasification reactor more energy efficient.

“The technology is able to convert a much higher yield in terms of energy in a reactor and, secondly, it has improved parasitic consumption, which is how much electricity the reactor needs to produce electricity,” Tijerina told Biorefining Magazine. “In old [plasma gasification] technology, the parasitic consumption is very high—anywhere from 40 percent to 80 percent, depending on the process. We’re in the 10 percent or lower parasitic consumption range.”

Traditional plasma arc gasification technologies inherently carry a heavy price tag when it comes to operating expenses and capital expenditure, but because Plasma2Energy’s ABA process uses lower electricity consumption, Tijerina said the investment placed on the technology by a municipality would pay for itself.

“We’re not as competitive obviously as oil, but at least we have a product now where a municipality can make money on it and not have to subsidize a product,” he said.

Based on batch and pilot reaction calculations, Plasma2Energy’s microwave-induced plasma gasification technology, according to Tijerina, is capable of converting one ton of MSW into approximately 2,000 to 2,200 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is substantially higher compared to other plasma gasification systems currently on the market, which typically convert up to 815 kilowatt hours, according to research Tijerina cited in a book titled, “Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion Processes,” authored by Gary C. Young.

In addition to being converted into electricity, the syngas can go through a Fischer-Tropsch secondary process to be transformed into products such as diesel, gasoline and kerosene. In power generation applications, the syngas produced can also be piped into gas turbines at an average of 33,000 Btu per pound of waste. For a reactor of 120 metric tons per day, this translates into a generation of more than 17 MW. The ABA process itself takes up about 2 MW, leaving an excess of almost 87 percent of energy that can be internally used or sold to the public grid.

Additionally, MSW doesn’t need to be pretreated or finely-crushed, or require the separation of metals or soils. It can also contain oils and other petroleum-derivatives and include high levels of humidity, such as those found in feedstocks in sugarcane bagasse or pulp and paper waste.

“One of the main differentiating aspects of our technology compared to plasma arc or torch technologies is that it utilizes water contained inside the waste, where the water actually becomes part of the chemical reaction to produce the syngas,” Tijerina said. “We can bring damp waste into our reactor and in some cases we might even inject water to increase the conversion yield of the waste.”

Another product that is produced in the process is synthetic oil, which forms when the gas is cooled and condensates. The oil can be collected and re-fed into the process conversion to syngas, or it can be collected in its raw form and refined into various biochemicals or fuels, similar to how petrochemical refiners process crude oil, said CEO Rodolfo Sanchez.

“Depending on the composition of the feedstock, the plasma gasification reactors can produce between 40 and 50 percent synthetic oil per ton of MSW,” Sanchez said. “What we have seen on the characterization of MSW in Texas, it should be 45 percent oil in the first cycle of the process. If we convert all the material to produce syngas, we can generate at least 2.2 MW hours of electricity per metric ton of processed feedstock.”

Like other plasma gasification technologies, Plasma2Energy’s produces a residual, vitrified slag material as a result of the melting of metals and other silicates found in MSW, which account for roughly 1 percent of the coproduct stream. The slag material can be sold as an aggregate for road construction.

Currently, PG Corp. has a 150 metric ton per day pilot facility under construction in Monterrey, Mexico, along with a 10 metric ton per day batch reactor that’s being validated by Monterrey-Tech University in Mexico. According to Tijerina, Plasma2Energy is looking to deploy a larger plasma gasification facility in Texas, which would ultimately serve as demonstration and training grounds prior to commercial roll-out.

“We want to become primarily a licensing company, where our initial plant would be a demonstration plant that conducts trial runs, training as well as operations to prove out the efficiencies that our calculations show to prove commercial viability,” Tijerina said. “And then, thereafter, we really want strategic partners to get the technology deployed as quickly as possible. We think that there’s a huge opportunity out there for everyone, and we also believe that it’s in our national interest to use more waste for energy and wean ourselves from foreign oil.”


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What is the typical composition of the Syngas produced?

This is the typical production and composition of the syngas using municipal solid waste(MSW) on a ABA-0300 Thermal Reduction Unit(TRU).


ABA Research, Blue Energy and Plasma2Energy Sign Agreement.

Antonio Leon and Rodolfo Sanchez

MONTERREY, NL, MEXICO(Dec. 23, 2010).- Mr. Antonio León Sánchez, representing ABA REsearch SA de CV, Arturo G. González Martínez, representing Estral Energy S de RL y CV – Blue Energy and Rodolfo Sánchez Rendón, representing Plasma Gasification Corp. – Plasma2Energy, signed Exclusive Contract of Representation.

The agreement is effective since February 1, 2010 and gives Plasma Gasification Corp. the right to sell and distribute the ABA Process Technology and equipment related to the ABA Process owned by ABA Research SA de CV.

PG Corp. headquarters are located in Edinburg, TX and is currently developing several proyects in Waste To Energy and Environmental Remediation applications.

Diseñan tecnología que convierte basura en energía

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (22/DIC/2010).- Uno de los principales problemas a los que se enfrentan los gobiernos es la disposición de la basura; ya que cada vez se genera más y hay menos espacios dónde colocarla, pues según cifras de la Subsecretaría de Desarrollo Urbano de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (Sedesol), diariamente en México se producen 96 mil toneladas de desechos sólidos.

Sin embargo, científicos nacionales de una empresa regiomontana buscan aprovechar este material para producir energía.

Áncora Tecnología y Servicios es una empresa creada en 2007 por investigadores dedicados a la búsqueda de soluciones específicas a la producción de energías alternativas no convencionales; en particular al estudio de la gasificación por plasma (estado de la materia constituido por partículas cargadas de iones libres) inducido por microondas; la cual produce gas de síntesis a partir de desechos orgánicos.

De acuerdo con César Treviño Lomelí, gerente administrativo de la compañía regiomontana, esta tecnología utiliza como materia prima cualquier desecho de origen orgánico o carbónico; tal es el caso de la basura domiciliaria e industrial, así como llantas y botellas de plástico, por mencionar algunas.
Para llevar a cabo el proceso de gasificación, la materia prima es colocada en un reactor que emplea microondas para irradiar la basura, elevando su temperatura hasta el grado de plasma,  y generar así el gas sintético.

Este combustible se caracteriza por poseer un alto contenido de hidrógeno (H) y monóxido de carbono (CO). Además, se caracteriza porque es generado en un proceso totalmente libre de emisiones al ambiente (cero emisiones).

Para Treviño Lomelí, este procedimiento de generación de energía se distingue de otros existentes en el mercado por la velocidad con la que gasifica la materia prima. Existen algunos sistemas que tras depositar la basura requieren un número determinado de años para que empiece a producirse gas; en cambio, el reactor de Ancora Tecnología lo hace de manera instantánea. Otra característica distintiva es su elevada eficiencia, logrando liberar más del 80 por ciento de la energía que genera.

Añadió que el gas de síntesis obtenido puede convertirse en cualquier manifestación de energía, como lo puede ser eléctrica o bien diesel sintético. Para ello se necesitan otros dispositivos o equipos ya existentes en el mercado.

Lo anterior debido a que el hidrógeno, componente más importante del gas de síntesis, es la molécula “madre” para un sinnúmero de aplicaciones químicas y petroquímicas.

Este desarrollo es el resultado del trabajo realizado durante años por el ingeniero Antonio León Sánchez, quien fuera investigador de los institutos tecnológicos de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) y de Sonora (ITSON).

Treviño Lomelí destacó que el reactor de Áncora Tecnología fue elaborado de forma independiente; es decir, sin la participación de alguna universidad o centro de investigación.

Con el propósito de realizar las primeras pruebas, esta compañía solicitó en 2007 apoyo económico al Fondo de Innovación Tecnológica Secretaría de Economía-Conacyt; el cual es un fideicomiso creado con el propósito de mejorar la competitividad de las empresas en México, por lo que otorga apoyos para el desarrollo de proyectos de innovación tecnológica a las micro, pequeñas y medianas empresas, así como personas físicas con actividad empresarial inscritas en el Registro Nacional de Instituciones y Empresas Científicas y Tecnológicas (Reniecyt).

Treviño Lomelí aseguró que el financiamiento de este Fondo les permitió obtener recursos equivalentes a 50 por ciento del costo total de un prototipo de reactor a mediana escala; con el que probaron la tecnología desarrollada.

Gracias a esta inversión, en 2010, Ancora Tecnología comenzó la comercialización del proyecto. “Hasta hoy no tenemos ninguna venta de algún equipo, pero creemos que en cuanto coloquemos el primer reactor en el mercado, otras empresas tomarán la decisión de adquirir la tecnología”, apuntó.

En función de ello, agregó que sus clientes potenciales son compañías involucradas en los temas de remediación ambiental, los gobiernos municipales y estatales que lidian diariamente con el tema de rellenos sanitarios; así como una gran diversidad de industrias manufactureras con alta demanda energética.

Cabe señalar que Ancora Tecnología también se hizo acreedor al apoyo financiero del Fondo de Innovación Tecnológica SE-Conacyt, en la segunda convocatoria en la que participaron durante el presente año.

Con información de la Agencia ID.

CRÉDITOS: Informador Redacción / LEER Dic-22 20:07 hrs

Our Green Solutions presence at the COP 16 Conference was a success

The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Cancún, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. The conference is officially referred to as the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 6th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties (CMP 6) to the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, the two permanent subsidiary bodies of the UNFCCC – the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)– held their 33rd sessions. The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference extended the mandates of the two temporary subsidiary bodies, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), and they met as well.

Over 190 countries agreed to a modest set of agreements to combat climate change, despite objections from Bolivia. Included is a new fund to support poorer countries.

“Cancún has done its job. The beacon of hope has been reignited and faith in the multilateral climate change process to deliver results has been restored,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

“Nations have shown they can work together under a common roof, to reach consensus on a common cause. They have shown that consensus in a transparent and inclusive process can create opportunity for all. Governments have given a clear signal that they are headed towards a low-emissions future together, they have agreed to be accountable to each other for the actions they take to get there, and they have set it out in a way which encourages countries to be more ambitious over time,” she said.

“This is a new era of international cooperation on climate change,” said Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, president of the summit.

Plasma Gasification Corp was present at the Green Solutions exhibition floor of the Conference showcasing the waste to energy technology. Our own VP of Engineering, Antonio León, spoke about our groundbreaking technology during the Green Solutions event.

The First Lady of Mexico, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, visited our booth where Mr. Leon and Plasma Gasification Corp.’s CEO Rodoflo Sanchez explained how our technology will efficiently produce clean energy from waste.

PGC Corp. is part of a Near Term Prospective Deal group for Innovacion Investments

** Reprinted with permision of Innovacion Investments **

Thanks to Everyone Who Joined us Last Thursday Night!

Last Thursday was our official kickoff event for Innovacion Investments.  Thirty one individuals gathered at the Headliners Club to listen to Dr. Hector Ruiz, Teo Tijerina, and Ambassador Tony Garza talk about the importance of creating access to risk capital along the Texas Border and South Texas.  Dr. Ruiz commented on the event:

“I believe that Innovación Investments is the type of initiative that can yield solid financial returns and at the same time have a positive social impact for a distressed region.  I look forward to my continued participation in Innovación.” - Dr. Hector Ruiz, CEO of ANSI

From Left to Right: Teófilo Tijerina, Dr. Hector Ruiz, Ambassador Tony Garza

Below are some Near Term Prospective Deals for Innovacion

KPS Biodiesel is taking to market an advanced patented biodiesel reactor technology with lower equipment and operational costs. Initial operations will be located in South Texas.

KBB (Kenaf Boards and Biobutanol) has various products made from Kenaf plant including: extra-strength boards, waste water treatment technology, absorbents for hazardous spills, and a 2nd stage bio-butanol process. The company is located in Raymondville, TX (Willacy County.

Regenevita aims to build two umbilical cord blood banks for stem cell banking servicing the Rio Grande Valley / Rio Bravo region. Regenevita is a joint venture between Stematix Inc. (Houston, TX) and EDCO Ventures.

TeVido is an advanced product and manufacturing company with a broad range regenerative tissue technology platform. The company is located in El Paso, TX, and is currently in the later stages of product development. EDCO Ventures has been validating this technology along with the University of Texas El Paso.

ReChar provides a low-cost biomass to biodiesel apparatus suitable for small farms, rural communities, and forestry operations. The founder is in Austin, TX, and plans to seek growth capital in 2011-2012.

Plasma Gasification Corporation uses a patented plasma gasification process to convert landfill waste to energy. The company is located in Edinburg, TX, and is seeking capital for a pilot plant.

TerViva brings to the US transportation fuel market a new tree-based biodiesel feedstock with the lowest costs and highest environmental standards. The company is located in Oakland, CA with operations in South Texas. They are seeking growth capital to plant the first 1000 trees and set up an oil producing facility.

For additional information, please contact Teo Tijerina @ teo.tijerina@edcoonline.org

Meet us at COP16 in Cancun.

We will be answering your questions and explaining our technology at the COP16 Climate Change Conference Expo in Cancun, from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8. Visit us at booth 103. For more information about COP16, please visit http://www.greensolutionscop16.com/

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How much energy can you obtain?

Energy is not created only transformed. If we can produce a change in the state of matter, we will conserve the same energy contained intrinsically.

If we convert all the material to produce Syngas, we can generate at least 2.2 MWh of electricity per metric ton of processed feedstock.

Of course, the exact output of energy will depend on the chemical composition of the feedstock being processed.

What are the emissions of the ABA Process?

The ABA Process has zero emissions. Al the gas produced is Syngas with no pollutants.

There is a residual slag as a result of the melting of metals and silicates. It is usually under 1% and is totally inert. There are industrial applications for this byproduct and can also be used as an aggregate for road construction.

The fuel oil that is obtained from the process can be cleaned and all chemicals be separated for other uses.

There are no dioxin nor furans produced and the sulfur content in the fuel oil is always under .95 %(ASTM D-129).

Why use Microwaves?

Microwave is the cleanest form of energy.

In comparison to other plasma gasification technologies out there, such as electric arc process which consumes 50 to 80% of the power it generates, the ABA process has numerous advantages.

Almost any kind of organic or carbonic waste material can be fed through the ABA reactor. This makes the ideal solution for disposing of municipal, medical, agricultural, commercial and industrial waste. The current solutions for disposing of waste are very expensive, highly polluting and heavily regulated.

Feedstocks do not have to be pre-treated or finely ground or pelletized. Metal or dirt and silicates separation is not required. Feedstocks can contain used automotive oil, paints, solvents or other petroleum based derivates such as rubber tires, asphalts petroleum  and refineries waste. All kinds of plastics including packaging films lined with metallic inks can be processed, this material react violently using other processes.

Problems with tire disposal and tire dumping sites remediation are solved with the ABA process. As in other examples this a real double effect: environmental remediation and source of alternate and renewable energy.

The process can tolerate elevated levels of humidity. Sugarcane bagasse, paper mill pulp residuals are processed with no problem.

What is Plasma Gasification?

In the continuous search for clean energy sources, the ABA Process is the leading emerging technology for gasification of carbonic materials. Inducing plasma formation by means of microwaves is a leap forward by introducing a technology that can take advantage of virtually any organic based waste source and efficiently turn it into electricity, biofuels or alternate products.

By harnessing the power of microwave radiation through a patented plasmatron array in the reactor, waste feedstocks and other carbonic materials are heated until they are heavily ionized, first, forming a cloud of plasma points in the material and then producing an stable plasma flame.

The carbonic material feedstock molecules get separated and the cloud of plasma points react with superheated water vapor in order to recombine and as a result produce a synthesis gas and an inert slag. The gas is then purified and some of it can be re-fed into through the reactor to achieve a complete transformation into carbon monoxide(CO) and hydrogen(H2),

The clean gas can then be processed through a F-T(Fischer-Tropsch) reaction stage, where part of the synthesis gas condensates into a liquid which then can be refined to produce synthetic or bio-fuels.

The synthesis gas is formed by H2(50-54%) + CO(20%) +some hydrocarbons. It constitutes an excellent substitute for natural gas for power generation using gas or steam turbines. The Syngas can also be used as a raw material for numerous petrochemical processes. Regardless of the feedstock, the chemical composition of the Syngas will remain constant.

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