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Biomass to Biogas to Biochar

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Senior Consultant, Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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I write moderately detailed technical articles involving a number of subjects, and I read much material in trying to find leads to the articles. I spent much time researching several of these leads on emerging products recently, and afterwards I found a major potential flaw in each product. Then I found the subject for this article. I was skeptical at first, but the more I dug the better this looked.

Let’s say you have a concept for a plant that turns trash into, not treasure, but useful and valuable products. A possible dead-end to this effort would be some serious environmental issues with air-pollution, or other emissions, since this is intended to be a green-tech product.

So where would you work on initial pilots and your first full-scale plant? How about the nation’s largest natural gas utility, SoCalGas, with the participation of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). And these organizations are supporting the full-scale waste to biogas thermochemical-conversion system on a SoCalGas site in the heart of central Los Angeles, one of the most tightly regulated air-sheds in the country. This pyrolysis system began processing feedstocks and producing products in August 2021.


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