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California Energy Commission awards $6 million to expand biorefinery

June 14, 2012
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Energy Commission has awarded $6 million to Clean World Partners, LLC for the expansion of a biorefinery that converts waste from local food processors into natural gas.

The funds will be used to increase the Sacramento biorefinery''s capacity from 25 tons to 100 tons a day.

This will divert 100 tons per day of food waste from landfills and use that to produce enough renewable natural gas to replace 566,000 gallons of diesel fuel and generate 3.17 million kWh of electricity every year — enough to power nearly 400 average California homes for a year, according to a press release.

Organic waste, which accounts for an estimated 27% of all waste going to landfills, can be diverted to anaerobic digestion systems and used to create renewable natural gas and electricity, heat and fertilizer.

The anaerobic digester system that will be used was developed as a pilot project at the University of California, Davis. New equipment will be fabricated in Marysville, in Yuba County, creating an expected 60 short-term manufacturing jobs.

The project is expected to create 20 short-term construction jobs and six long-term operations jobs.

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