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Date:9/14/2011

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CERT) at the Bourns College of Engineering have received two grants to further explore a process they developed that turns waste into inexpensive, green fuels.

"These grants allow for the continued happy marriage of clean technologies," said Chan Park, an associate research engineer at CERT. "This research has the potential to produce a number of clean fuels that are carbon neutral and turn landfill waste into renewable energy."

A $650,000 grant from the California Energy Commission extends its commitment to $2 million to CERT for its patented steam hydrogasification reaction, which can turn any carbonaceous material including waste from food, yards, sewage treatment facilities into transportation fuels or natural gas.

It will allow for the completion of a process demonstration unit at CERT that will provide data needed before a proposed pilot plant is built at the city of Riverside's waste water treatment facility.

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, who wrote a letter in support of the grant application, said he was delighted to hear CERT had received the grant.

"The city supported the initial research on the gasification of biosolids from our water treatment facility, and we certainly look forward to partnering as this technology is developed," Loveridge said. "This process has the potential to be used throughout California and globally to provide a cost effective sustainable component to our natural gas supply."

The second grant, for $100,000 from the UC Discovery Program, which pairs industry and university research to boost the California economy, will connect CERT researchers with Irvine-based Food Recycle Science Corporation, which has developed a process to turn food waste into a concentrated biomass. The biomass will be evaluated
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Contact: Sean Nealon
sean.nealon@ucr.edu
951-827-1287
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert

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