Bioenergy projects selected for CEC funding

By Erin Voegele | March 19, 2015

The California Energy Commission recently approved $21 million in grants for energy innovation and efficiency programs. Several bioenergy projects were among those selected for funding.

According to the CEC, four bioenergy companies will receive funding under the Electric Program Investment Charge program. EPIC is a multiyear program focused on electricity-related innovations and bringing clean energy ideas to the marketplace.

Grant recipients include:

American Biogas Electric Co.: Lakeview Farms Dairy, Bakersfield was awarded $4 million to install and demonstrate a covered lagoon digester that will process dairy manure and produce biogas for renewable energy projection. The project features a 1 MW-generator platform capable of being expanded by using biogas from neighboring facilities. In addition, West Start North Dairy, Buttonwillow, was awarded $4 million to install and demonstrate a double-cell covered lagoon dairy digester system that will allow the quantity of wastewater to vary.

West Biofuels LLC, Woodland: The company was awarded $2 million to develop a modular biomass gasification system with a high-efficiency lean-burn engine that can convert forest residues into renewable grid power.

InnoSepra LLC, Cupertino: The company was awarded $1.3 million to demonstrate its biogas upgrader technology and its feasibility as a biogas and landfill gas pretreatment for combined-heat-and-power (CHP).

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Berkeley Lab was awarded $1.5 million for research to match locally available waste biomass resources in California with grid, industrial, building power and waste heat needs.