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Date:9/14/2011

llion tons each year. Just as importantly, estimates show that synthetic natural gas can be produced for nearly half the current price of natural gas, reducing the annual price tag by $606 million.

Food Recycle Science has developed a proprietary process, eCorect, for the hydrothermolytic decomposition of food wastes. The process and steam hydrogasification reaction are environmentally "closed," meaning they produce no methane or carbon emissions and therefore no global-warming-producing greenhouse gases.

Initially, Food Recycle Science focused on implementing the system at restaurants and hotels, said Lee, the CEO. Now, they are focused on large-scale plants that could process 200 tons of waste per day, he said.

Food Recycle Science and CERT researchers will work to integrate the two technologies during the next year. Their first goal is to evaluate the optimum moisture content and particle size of the feedstock. They will then measure the carbon conversion efficiency of the process in CERT laboratories.

Using lab experiments and computer simulations, the final step will be to calculate the economic return of the production of different energy types including synthetic diesel, natural gas, or electricity that can be produced by the process.


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Contact: Sean Nealon
sean.nealon@ucr.edu
951-827-1287
University of California - Riverside
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