Renewable Syngas Methanation

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SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Renewable Syngas Methanation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Taylor Energy's Pilot-Scale Biomass Gasification Test-Facility is located at the University of California Riverside. This test facility will be used to develop pilot-scale testing of an autothermal-gasification process designed to convert forest-biomass into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas. The target feed-rate for pilot-scale testing is 5 ton/day feeding biomass recovered from forest waste. This project will result in ratepayer benefits that include direct cost savings, economic development in rural areas, lower environmental impacts state-wide, and increased energy security for all ratepayers.

Contact Information
Abolghasem Edalati
California Energy Commission
Lead/Public Agency
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-1499

Taylor Energy
Project Applicant


Other Location Info
1084 Columbia Ave

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, § 15301
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15301 Existing Facilities provides an exemption for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing structures, facilities, mechanical equipment or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing. This project will involve operation and minor alternations to an existing biomass gasifier system at the University of California Riverside Center for Environmental Research & Technology. The facility already researches the production of biomass-derived fuel for electric generation, therefore there will be negligible to no expansion of the existing use of the facility for testing of an autothermal-gasification process designed to convert forest-biomass into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas. The research activities do not require any trenching or construction work. The materials being used are chemically inert, not hazardous to human health, and do not have a significant effect on the environment.


Notice of Exemption
2019070053   PDF 369 K

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