Residual Garbage Transforms Into Electricity, Biofuel and Fuel Cells

Jack Oslan is a many who recently grabbed our attention when reading through the Fresno Bee’s web site. Oslan operates a business in the San Francisco Bay area called TerGeo Ventures Incorporated. TerGeo, as a business, transforms all sorts of waste into electricity, biofuel and fuel cells.

This month’s Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo sponsored a panel on the future of energy for California’s Central Valley. Sanford Nax, an author for the Fresno Bee has more on Oslan, the panel, and TerGeo Ventures…

Oslan was in Fresno on Friday to participate in a panel discussion on the future of energy in the Central Valley. The panel was part of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo, held at the Radisson Hotel. The event was expected to draw about 1,000 people.

He said the nation’s landfills are closing at the rate of one a day, and the remaining 3,000 are reaching capacity. “Pretty soon we will run out of places to put our trash,” he said.

His company, he said, can convert much of the garbage into synthetic gas, which is then sold as energy. What’s left becomes inert ash, which is sold as soil conditioner or used in construction, he said.

TerGeo is hooking up with a farmer to process garlic skins into energy to help power his growing operation. “It will take the overflow, and instead of paying to haul it away, we can use it to create power to run back into the farming operation,” he said.

Such partnerships will become more likely and more cost-effective as technology advances, experts say. And the University of California at Merced plans to be a leader in developing those renewable energy technologies.

According to Nax, next year’s expo held by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will study another environmental issue that hits close to home – that of water.

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