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CITY OF SAN JOSE GRANT FOR THE SAN JOSE BIOMETHANE PROJECT

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San Jose and project partner, Harvest Power, will evaluate and potentially build and demonstrate a new gasification system that can turn urban wood waste, yard waste, and biosolids into natural gas that can be used as a transportation fuel. In the process, the technology also could produce heat and electricity.

The project evaluated the economic, technical, permitting, and feasibility for demonstration and commercial scale operations. This evaluation also confirmed the optimal site for the demonstration gasification unit at the existing San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant. A substitute technology is under evaluation for the gasification unit.

Grant Amount

$1,900,000

Match Funding

$4,775,426

Project Benefits

A commercial scale implementation of the project could potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tons of CO2(annual). As many as 5 construction jobs will be created by the demonstration project, and the City of San Jose is in the process of determining the quantity of full-time workers needed to operate the gasification unit.

A commercial scale implementation of the project could potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tons of CO2 (annual). As many as 5 construction jobs will be created by the demonstration project, and the City of San Jose is in the process of determining the quantity of full-time workers needed to operate the gasification unit. Other benefits include the use of wood waste and biosolids used as feedstock from municipal solid waste. This reduces the amount of material San Jose currently sends to the landfill. The project could generate high-quality renewable fuel through a net energy-producing process, helping to reduce California's reliance on imported oil and fossil fuel. Potentially, this project could produce surplus energy as electricity and heat, transforming waste into a steady revenue stream.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-016

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