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New SoCal Tech Center to Promote Alternative Fuel & Alternative Vehicles


The California Energy Commission has awarded funds to a consortium of Southern California-based organizations led by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) to establish a Southern California center for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technology. The Center will consist of one virtual hub and two physical locations-- one in San Diego, which will be managed by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, and one in Los Angeles, which will be managed by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. The Center will serve the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. To read more, click here 

 

 

"Converting Waste Into Renewable Resources"

Each day, 135,000 tons of trash is sent to California landfills. These materials represent a resource that could be better used to benefit the businesses and residents of California.

21st century conversion technologies are changing the way we think of trash or waste.  The County of Los Angeles sees trash as a potential resource, and conversion technologies are an innovative way to convert that resource into renewable energy, biofuels, and other useful products.

Together with source reduction, recycling, and composting, conversion technologies can help cities and counties reduce the amount of materials currently going to landfills.

Los Angeles County is a leader in preserving the environment and protecting public health through a variety of innovative environmental programs. The County is involved in a diverse approach to waste management through our waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs.

This website focuses on the County’s conversion technology project, for more information about the County’s other environmental programs, please visit CleanLA.com and Green.LACounty.gov.

DEFINITIONS FOR "CONVERSION TECHNOLOGIES" AND "RECOVERY"

Conversion Technologies
The term “conversion technologies” refers to a wide array of technologies capable of converting postrecycled or residual solid waste into useful products, green fuels, and renewable energy through noncombustion thermal, chemical, or biological processes. Conversion technologies may include mechanical processes when combined with a non‐combustion thermal, chemical, or biological conversion process.

Recovery
Recovery is defined as any waste management operation that diverts a material from the waste stream and which results in a product with a potential economic or ecological benefit. Recovery mainly refers to the following operations 1) reuse, 2) material recovery such as recycling, 3) biological recovery such as composting, and 4) energy recovery such as fuel production.