EnerTech starts up California E-Fuel plant

By Bryan Sims
Web exclusive posted Oct. 24, 2008 at 9:56 a.m. CST

Atlanta, Ga.-based EnerTech Environmental Inc. completed the first phase of mechanical testing and accepted its first truckload of biosolids (sewage sludge) at its Rialto Regional Biosolids Processing facility in Rialto, Calif. The event was observed by representatives for the five municipalities currently providing biosolids to the facility.

"The first truckload of biosolids at the facility is a huge milestone for EnerTech and our partners," EnerTech Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bolin said. "We have worked for years to realize this moment and the cooperation and tenacity of this team of people-all focused on the goal of creating a renewable energy alternative in California-has been essential to setting the groundwork for this moment."

Once fully operational, the Rialto facility will utilize EnerTech's patented SlurryCarb process technology to convert biosolids from southern California into approximately 170 tons per day of renewable fuel coined E-Fuel by the company which can be used as a renewable coal supplement in local cement kilns. EnerTech estimates that the use of E-Fuel will offset more than 85,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year in southern California.

The Rialto biosolids processing facility will convert more than 700 wet tons of biosolids per day from five municipalities in the Los Angeles area into approximately 170 tons per day of E-Fuel. The plant is expected to be fully operational by spring 2009.