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Comerica Launching Renewable Energy Solutions Group (Ind. Report)
Comerica Bank
Date: 2022-05-11
Dallas, Texas-headquartered Comerica Bank reports it is expanding its Environmental Services Department with the introduction of a new Renewable Energy Solutions group dedicated to growing and supporting Comerica's renewable energy business.

The Renewable Energy Solutions group allows Comerica to better align credit resources, including underwriting and approval, drive greater organizational consistency, and benefit its broader sustainability objectives by driving green loan growth and improving the accuracy of data related to the bank's renewable efforts.

Since the department's origination in 2006, Comerica's ESD has seen significant achievements in the renewable energy space. In recent years, its historical experience in financing landfill gas and biomass has naturally evolved into financing independent renewable energy generators for other forms of renewables, including those involved in the solar, wind and anaerobic digestion industries, according to the Comerica release.

Comerica is a member of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), a global partnership of financial institutions that work together to develop and implement a harmonized approach to assess and disclose the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their loans and investments. Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated, a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with reported total assets of $89.2 billion as of March 31, 2022. (Source: Comerica Incorporated, Website PR, 5 May, 2022) Contact: Comerica Incorporated, Matt Breight, Senior VP and ESD Group Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Comerica Bank,  Renewable Energy ,  

Irish Renewables, Biomass Systems Funding Under-Subscribed (Int'l.)
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Date: 2022-05-09
In Dublin, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is reporting 51 agricultural enterprises -- 24 poultry farmers, 15 mushroom producers, 8 piggeries and 2 horticultural enterprises -- have been approved for biomass-specific grant funding under the government's Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) initiative. The SEAI-administered SSRH initiative aims to increase the use of renewable energy in the heating sector.

The presently under-subscribed scheme, which is open to commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users, facilitates the conversion from fossil fuel to renewable fuels and provides operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems.

The SSRH supports businesses and farms for up to 15 years for the installation and continuing use of biomass and anaerobic digestion heating systems. (Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, PR, May, 2022) Contact: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353-1-8082100, fax+353-1-8082002,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Renewable Energy,  

AGL Australia Acquiring Biogas Specialist Energy360 (Int'l. M&A)
AGL Australia, Energy360
Date: 2022-05-02
In the Land Down Under, the country's largest private investor in renewable energy AGL Australia reports it is acquiring Energy360, a provider of biogas plants for commercial and industrial customers.

Energy360 designs, manufactures and operates anaerobic digestion turn-key bioenergy and biogas handling systems Energy360 has over 50 flares and 6 gas conditioning systems operating today across Australia, in both landfill and food processing applications. (Source: AGL Australia, Website PR, 285 April, 2022) Contact: Energy360, Samantha Lamond, , CEO, +61 (0)3 9770 8545 Mobile: 0428 397 837,,; AGL Australia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL Australia,  Energy360,  Biogas,  

Synthica's KY AD, RNG Project Permitting Underway (Ind. Report)
Synthica Energy
Date: 2022-04-27
Blue Ash, Ohio-headquartered anaerobic digestion specialist Synthica Energy LLC reports it has entered the permitting phase for development for a new anaerobic digestion facility in the City of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky.

The project will process approximately 200,000 tpy of regionally sourced bourbon whiskey stillage and food waste into RNG when fully operational in late 2024. (Source: Synthica Energy LLC , PR, 20 April, 2022) Contact: Synthica Energy LLC., 513-268-6688,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthica Energy,  RNG,  Anaerobic Digestion,  

TNRE Announces AD/RNG Project Partners (Ind. Report)
True North Renewable Energy
Date: 2022-04-22
True North Renewable Energy, LLC (TNRE) is reporting a partnership with The Weitz Company and DRANCO, Inc. as the engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) and technology supplier for three anaerobic digestion (AD)advanced composting facilities in Imperial County and Kern County, CA and Yuma County, AZ.

Each of the three facilities will come in at roughly $250 million and process up to 600,000 tpy of organic material to produce up to 1,000,000 MMBtu/y (8MM DGE/y) of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) while reducing pollutants by 160,000 MT of CO2e -- equivalent to the annual emissions of 35,000 passenger vehicles. The three projects are expected to begin operations in 2025.

TNRE develops, owns, and operates state-of-the-art organics-to-renewable energy facilities, including large scale, regional high-solids anaerobic digestion (AD) infrastructure to create biomethane and other valuable products. (Source: True North Renewable Energy, PR, 20 April, 2022) Contact: True North Renewable Energy, Gary Aguinaga, Pres., 321.307.5844,,; The Weitz Company,; DRANCO, Inc.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News True North Renewable Energy,  RNG,  anaerobic digestion,  

Future Biogas Expanding CO2 Storage Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Future Biogas
Date: 2022-04-11
In the UK, Guildford -based Future Biogas reports it will construct up to 32 new CO2 storage tanks in the px Group-owned Saltend Chemicals Park in Hull.

Future Biogas will truck liquefied CO2 captured from its anaerobic digestion and bioenergy sites across the UK to Saltend for temporary stored then shipped to the Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project, which is supported by the Norwegian Government and currently under construction. The Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Storage facility will store 200,000 tpy of liquefied CO2 by mid-2025, increasing to 400,000 tpy of CO2 by the end of 2028. (Source: Future Biogas, PR, Website, 7 April, 2022) Contact: Future Biogas, +44 1483 375920,; Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Storage,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Future Biogas,  CO2,  CCS,  Northern Lights Carbon Capture and StorageBiogas,  

BTS Biogas Launches Authorisation Consultancy (Int'l. Report)
BTS Biogas
Date: 2022-04-01
Italian anaerobic digestion specialist BTS Biogas reports it is offering a highly specialised consultancy service in the field of authorisations for the construction and operation of biogas and biomethane plants. The consultancy service is aimed at companies planning to construct a biogas and/or biomethane plant, regardless of the technology that will be installed.

The BTS consultancy offering includes: prepare the technical/environmental, construction and fire prevention documentation to obtain the single authorisation relative to Legislative Decree 387/2003 and PAS Legislative Decree 28/2011; prepare ENEL/SNAM applications for the connection to power lines and methane pipelines; produce complete PAUR and AIA paperwork for OFMSW/organic waste fueled plants; and actively support its customer for the presentation of the project and participate in the required service conferences and technical meetings as needed in the authorisation procedure. (Source: BTS Biogas, Website, Mar., 2022) Contact: BTS Biogas, Christine McKiernan, Managing Dir., +39 0474 37 01 19,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Versalis,  BTS Biogas,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  

EIB Supporting Italian Anaerobic Digestion Plant (Int'l., Funding)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2022-03-28
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it will invest €35 million in a new Anaerobic Digestion facility to be constructed in the Italian municipality of Pescara as part of the municipality's 2021-2025 climate strategy plan aimed at promoting the circular economy, energy efficiency and solid waste management.

EIB funds will be used to renovate existing waste sorting facilities, finance the purchase of environmentally-friendly transport such as electric, hybrid or biomethane vehicles, improve energy efficiency in 55 public buildings. and develop a 50,000 tpy AD system to produce 4 million m3 per year of biomethane. (Source: European Investment Bank, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: European Investment Bank,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  

Agresti Energy RFS Pathway EPA Approved (Ind. Report)
Agresti Energy
Date: 2022-03-25
Indianapolis, Indiana-headquartered Agresti Energy reports the US EPA has approved the company's fuel pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the generation of D3 cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) for compressed renewable natural gas (RNG). The approval applies to Agresti Energy's proposed facilities in Stevens County, Minnesota; Swift County, Minnesota; and Jasper County, Indiana.

Agresti Energy's proprietary process uses agricultural anaerobic digestion digestate as a feedstock which is subjected to pressure hydrolysis to break down lignin and convert hemicellulose and cellulose into sugar. The cellulosic sugar solution is injected into an anaerobic digester where it is converted into biogas which is purified and compressed.

RNG produced through the Agresti Energy AD pathway achieves a 60.2 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a 2005 diesel baseline, according to Agresti Energy. (Source: US EPA, Agrest Energy, Website, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Agresti Energy, Ron Miller, Pres., 317-912-1343,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Agresti Energy,  RINs,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  RNG,  RFS,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  

RGF Ireland Increases Biomethane Prod. Target (Int'l. Report)
Renewable Gas Forum Ireland
Date: 2022-03-21
In Co. Cork, the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) has come out in support of the European Commission's (EC) announced increased target for biomethane production as part of its REPowerEU plan. Under the plan, EU member countries will produce and deliver 20 pct (35 billion cubic meters) of the current EU gas imports from Russia by 2030.

RGF also announced the Teagasc Grange Research Center in County Meath will become a center of excellence for biomethane production, regenerative agriculture and research. Previous Teagasc Grange research found that increased biomethane production will not compete for feedstock with food production and that anaerobic digestion (AD) technology is complementary to sustainable farming. Biomethane was introduced into Ireland's gas network more than two years ago.

The RGFI promotes a scalable, agri-feedstock-based model of AD biomethane production to decarbonise thermal processes in the food industry while also supporting farmers, the environment and the circular bio-economy, according to its website. (Source: Renewable Gas Forum Ireland, PR 8 Mar., 2022) Contact: Gas Networks Ireland , David Kelly, Bus. Dev., +353 21 453 4000,; Renewable Gas Forum Ireland, PJ McCarthy, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  EC,  

EPA Funds Food-Waste Anaerobic Digestion Projects (Funding)
Date: 2022-03-11
The U.S. EPA has announced the selection of 11 organizations expected to receive a total of approximately $2 million in funding to divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity nationwide. The 11 organizations selected for AD project funding are:

  • District of Columbia Department of Public Works (Washington, D.C.) -- Plans to establish a training and certification program for commercial food waste generators that will equip the participants to set up successful source-separated organics programs to divert food waste to anaerobic digesters for processing.

  • Food Lifeline (Seattle, Wash.) -- Plans to develop an AD demonstration project that introduces the community of South Park to alternative energy production through hands-on, culturally, and linguistically relevant engagement and education opportunities.

  • Georgia Southern University Research and Services Foundation (Statesboro, Ga.) -- Plans to conduct a feasibility study to advance the understanding of how existing AD capacity at pulp and paper mills can be sustainably leveraged for the treatment of food waste from university campuses.

  • Monterey One Water (Monterey County, Calif.) -- Plans to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the conversion of existing anaerobic digesters at its wastewater treatment facility to co-digest sewage sludge with food and other organic wastes diverted from the area.

  • Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) (Boston, Mass.) -- Plans to develop environmental justice engagement and regulatory compliance guidance and training to support states seeking to increase food waste diversion rates through AD utilization.
  • Ohio University (Athens County, Ohio) -- Plans to study and quantify the potential for waste diversion at microbrewery brewpub businesses and demonstrate an AD model system scaled for that sector.

  • San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (Mosca, Colo.) -- Plans to install a high-efficiency AD system to process food and organic waste that will demonstrate the technological feasibility and cost effectiveness of such a project in Colorado’s rural, high-alpine San Luis Valley region.

  • University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) -- Plans to conduct a project that will use computational modeling to demonstrate optimum conditions for biogas production while minimizing digester issues.
  • University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus -- Plans to conduct a project to empower and educate the local community in utilizing AD for organic material management through a seminar series and small pilot facility to demonstrate benefits.

  • University of Vermont (Burlington, Vt.) -- Plans to perform a study to assess current capacity at digesters to accept food wastes; the potential impacts of food waste co-digestion on biogas production; and the potential impacts of co-digestion on nutrients and microplastics in digestate.

  • Yurok Tribe (Klamath, Calif.) -- Plans to establish an AD pilot demonstration project to divert the food waste generated on and near the Yurok Indian Reservation, beginning with a local elementary school.

    In 2019 and 2020, EPA awarded a total of more than $110,000 and more than $3 million in cooperative agreement grants, respectively. The project types selected for funding include feasibility studies, demonstration projects, workshops, as well as technical assistance and training. (Source: US EPA, PR, 4 Mar., 2022) Contact: US EPA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA news,  Anaerobic Digestion news,  

  • USask to Produce Ag Waste, Woody Biomass RNG (Ind. Report, R&D)
    University of Saskatchewan,Tidewater Renewables
    Date: 2022-03-07
    On the Canadian prairies, Prof. Dr Ajay Dalaia, a researcher from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is working with Calgary-headquartered Tidewater Renewables ltd. to develop a novel integrated process to produce RNG from Alberta's abundant crop and lumbering and forestry residues which alone produce approximately 24 tpy of woody biomass. The goal is to help decarbonize the heating and power production sectors by replacing non-RNG with biomethane and help Canada's transition to a low-carbon economy.

    Prof.Dalai is developing a novel integrated process that uses anaerobic digestion and thermochemical gasification methods to produce RNG. The biomethane produced in this way is identical to the methane in natural gas and can be directly injected into existing natural gas networks.

    Tidewater Renewables is providing $150,000 per year for three years for the project. Dalai is seeking Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant funding for the project. (Source: University of Saskatchewan, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Prof. Dr Ajay Dalai, University of Saskatchewan, College of Engineering and Canada Research Chair of Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4771,,; Tidewater Renewables Ltd., (587) 475-0210,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  

    WELTEC BIOPOWER Commissions Fourth Biogas Plant in Japan (Int'l.)
    Date: 2022-03-02
    Vecchta, Germany-based biogas specialist WELTEC Group GmbH , WELTEC BIOPOWER is reporting the completion and start-up of its fourth Japanese biogas plant in Saitama Prefecture, 40 km north of Tokyo.

    The facility is equipped with a 450-kW cogeneration power plant and digests roughly 12,000 tpd of regionally sourced cattle manure and other organic waste into energy with the residue sold as compost and fertilizer. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER., PR, 1 Mar., 2022)Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER, Jens Albartus, Director, +49 4441 99978 0, Fax: +49 4441 99978 8,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Anaerobic Digestion,  RNG,  Biogas,  

    Scandinavian Biogas Targets 3 TWh Biogas Prod. by 2030 (Int'l.)
    Scandinavian Biogas
    Date: 2022-02-21
    Stockholm-headquartered anaerobic digestion specialist Scandinavian Biogas reports it plans to reach an annual biogas production capacity in Europe of 3 TWh by 2030 -- mainly bio-LNG for maritime and industrial, heavy transportation fuel. Based on the firm's previously published business plan, the financial goal by 2024 to reach at least 700 GWh annual capacity remains unchanged.

    This targeted growth will be based on organic development as well as acquisitions in northern and Central Europe. (Source: Scandinavian Biogas, Website 17 Feb., 2022) Contact: Scandinavian Biogas, Matti Vikkula, CEO,, +46 (0)8 503 872 20,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scandinavian Biogas,  bio-LNG,  

    ETW Touts SmartCycle® Biogas Upgrading System (Int'l.)
    ETW Energietechnik
    Date: 2022-02-09
    Moers, Germany-headquartered compact biomethane power plant specialist ETW Energietechnik reports it has "optimized" the worldwide delivery of its ETW SmartCycle® PSA biogas upgrading system for on biogas and waste fermentation (anaerobic digestion) plants.

    The "optimization" is intended to significantly reduce initial investment costs and on-site installation time compared to custom-made products -- production and installation time on site are costs reduced by around 30 pct overall. The general benefits of the ETW SmartCycle®PSA, such as minimal energy requirements, maximum turn-down flexibility, long component service life, and low maintenance requirements, remain.

    The new SmartCycle® for upgrading biogas to natural gas quality is based on a modular system consisting of ISO standard containers in the standard 20, 40, and 45 foot sizes and raw gas capacity of 550 up to 4000 Nm3/h. All intermediate elements such as connecting parts, piping, and external units cooling systems and activated carbon filters are delivered to the construction site in prefabricated modules, according to the company release. (Source: ETW Energietechnik GmbH, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: ETW Energietechnik GmbH , Oliver Jende Business Development Manager +49 (0) 2841-9990-209,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ETW Energietechnik,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  

    WELTEC BIOPOWER Touts Greek Biogas Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2022-02-02
    Vecchta, Germany-based biogas specialist WELTEC Group GmbH WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it has completed the expansion of a poultry biogas facility in Megara, west of Athens. Greece.

    The plant originally consisted of a 3,993 cubic meters stainless steel digester, a 530 kilowatt CHP and a storage unit. For the expansion, WELTEC BIOPOWER built a second 3,993 cubic meter stainless steel digester, another pre-storage unit, a second 530 kilowatt CHP and an unpacking system for cheese and vegetables to be added to the digester were installed. A solids feeder was not required since the pumpable substrates are brought into the storage units via a central pump block and then conveyed into the digesters.

    The facility uses chicken manure and roughly equal amounts of olive oil pomace, cattle and pig manure, as well as whey for energy production. Since the plant was enlarged, the daily amount of the substrate mix has risen to 190 tons.

    The company has to date been significantly involved in 17 of a total of 30 agricultural and waste anaerobic digestion biogas plants developed in Greece. (Source: WELLTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 1 Feb., 2022) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER, Jens Albartus, Director, +49 4441 99978 0, Fax: +49 4441 99978 8,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Anaerobic Digestion,  RNG,  Biogas,  

    Brightmark, Chevron Plan CA. Anaerobic Digestion Project (Ind. Report)
    Brightmark, Chevron
    Date: 2022-01-31
    San Francisco-based Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC -- a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Brightmark LLC subsidiary Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC -- reports it plans to construct an anaerobic digestion project at the Vlot Calf Ranch dairy farm in Chowchilla, California.

    The Vlot anaerobic digestion project, which is anticipated to capture, clean, and convert methane from manure into renewable natural gas (RNG), is Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC's first RNG project in the Golden State and is expected to be completed in 2023. (Source: Brightmark, Website PR, 19 Jan., 2022) Contact: Chevron, Andy Walz, Pres. Americas Fuels & Lubricants,; Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Cory Ziskind, (646) 277-1232,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark,  Chevron ,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biomethane,  RNG,  

    Vertimass, European Energy Tout Methanol Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Vertimass, European Energy
    Date: 2022-01-28
    Irvine, California-based Vertimass and Copenhagen-headquartered European Energy are reporting a Letter of Intent (LOI) to integrate technologies for capturing carbon dioxide and converting it into hydrocarbon products. This combination takes advantage of European Energy's expertise in capturing carbon dioxide produced from anaerobic digestion, power production, fermentations, and other waste sources to produce methanol that can be processed into jet, diesel, and gasoline fuels and chemicals.

    Vertimass' technology sustainably produces fuels and chemicals from methanol, ethanol, and other renewable alcohols with high yields that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to products from petroleum. The technology originated from the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) operated by UT-Battelle, with Vertimass obtaining worldwide exclusive rights in 2014.

    European Energy develops, finances, constructs and operates wind and solar farms as well as large-scale PtX plants in 24 countries. The company has a development pipeline of more than 20 GW of renewable energy projects and is currently constructing more than 1.2 GW of new energy capacity. European Energy has developed a new decentralized production technology that offers green e-methanol identical to fossil methanol, from renewable energy sources and CO2 from bio-waste. E-methanol provides the transport sector and chemical industry a convenient transition to environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals, according to Vertimass. (Source: Vertimass, PR, Website Jan., 2022) Contact: European Energy, +45 8870 8216,,; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  European Energy,  Methanol ,  

    PG&E's Gas Transmission System Receives Dairy RNG (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Gas and Electric
    Date: 2022-01-17
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting pipe-line ready RNG from Redding, California-based Maas Energy's anaerobic digestion facilities in Merced County has begun flowing via the California Energy Exchange's pipeline into PG&E gas transmission system.

    The project, which produces pipeline-ready RNG (biomethane) from 15 dairy farms in Merced County, was largely funded by the California Public Utilities Commission's Dairy Biomethane Pilot Program -- part of the state's strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.

    According to the California Air Resources Board, roughly half of the state's methane emissions come from dairies and livestock. (Sources; PG&E, PR. 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: PG&E, Chris DiGiovanni, Business Dev.,; Maas Energy, (530) 710-8545,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  Pacific Gas and Electric,  RNG,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  Maas Energy ,  

    Europe's Gas Consumption Pegged at 30-40 pct Biomethane by 2050 (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
    European Biogas Association
    Date: 2022-01-17
    The 11th edition of the European Biogas Association's Statistical Report estimates that by 2050, 30 to 40 pct of Europe's total gas consumption could be sustainable biomethane.

    According to the report, combined biogas and biomethane production in 2020 amounted to 191 TWh or 18.0 bcm of energy. The numbers are expected to double in the next 9 years. By 2050, production can be at least five-fold reaching over 1,000 TWh, with some estimates going up to 1,700 TWh. Agricultural-based biogas and biomethane plants make up the lion's share of total production, which is now more the entire natural gas EU's gas consumption.

    2020 saw the biggest year-on-year increase in biomethane production to date with an additional 6.4 TWh or 0.6 bcm of biomethane produced in Europe. According to the report, the sustainable European Bio-LNG production capacity by 2024, considering only confirmed plants, adds up to 10.6 TWh per year, capacity that could fuel almost 25,000 LNG trucks for the whole year. (Source: European Biogas Association , Nov., Dec. 2021) Contact: European Biogas Association, +32 24 00 1089,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Biogas Association,  Methane,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Gasification,  RNG,  

    UK Hydrogen Production from Biomass Funding Available (Int'l.)
    UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2022-01-14
    In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy reports the launch of its £5 million Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme to support the development of technologies to generate hydrogen via bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). The BECCS process produces hydrogen from biomass and waste, with the ability to capture and store the carbon released during the process.

    Under the Program's first phase, companies, research institutions and universities can now bid for up to £250,000 funding to support BECCS development and demonstrate their feasibility. A second phase will provide further funding to the most promising projects. The programme aims to support three categories: feedstock pre-processing, to optimise biomass and waste for use in gasification technologies; gasification components, thermal conversion technologies that can convert biomass or waste into hydrogen, methane, aviation fuel, diesel or other hydrocarbons; and novel bio-hydrogen technologies that can be combined with carbon capture, such as dark fermentation, anaerobic digestion and wastewater treatment. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy , PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Biomass,  BECCS,  

    Deal Farm Biogas Fine-tuning AD Plant Planning Application (Int'l.)
    Deal Farm Biogas
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Norfolk, UK, Deal Farm Biogas report it has submitted a partly retrospective planning application to South Norfolk Council seeking approval of changes made to the original 2015 plans for its anaerobic digestion (AD) facility near the town of Diss in response to local environmental concerns.

    The new planning application includes amendments to the layout and positioning of equipment on the site and seeks to enhance the sustainability of the plant by including carbon capture (CCS) technology for 7,000 tpy of CO2.

    When fully operational the facility will generate sufficient biogas to power more than 4,600 homes. The gas will be injected directly into the local gas grid to be used by households in the village of Roydon and Diss. In addition to biogas, the plant will produce a high-quality, sustainable fertiliser. (Source: Deal Farm Biogas, Website PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: Deal Farm Biogas, +44 0 800 368 7312,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  UK Biogas news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  

    Greenlane Biogas Claims $7Mn in New System Supply Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2022-01-05
    Vancouver, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly owned subsidiary Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed two new biogas upgrading system supply contracts valued in total at $7.1 million (Cdn) for separate renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the United States and Brazil. Order fulfillment by Greenlane for both projects will commence immediately.

    In the U.S., Greenlane has been awarded a contract for a biogas upgrading system for a dairy farm RNG project in Nebraska. Greenlane will supply its PSA system for upgrading biogas generated from anaerobic digestion of dairy cow manure into carbon negative RNG suitable for injection into the local pipeline network.

    In Brazil, Greenlane has also won a contract for a landfill gas-to-RNG project with Orizon Valorizacao de Residuos, one of Brazil's largest landfill operators. Greenlane will supply its water wash system to upgrade the landfill gas to low carbon RNG. The project is Greenlane's sixth system supply contract in Brazil, according to the release. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 4 Jan., 2021) Contact: Orizon,; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aenerobic Digestion,  RNG,  Biogas,  Greenlane Renewables,  Greenlane Biogas,  

    StormFisher Adds 3rd Anerobic Digester at Ont. Plant (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2022-01-03
    London, Ontario-headquartered StormFisher, a leader in circular economy decarbonization solutions, is reporting the construction of a third anaerobic digester at its London, Ontario, facility. Accompanied by a renewable natural gas (RNG) upgrading system, the plant is now the largest food-waste anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Canada, providing heat to 2,500 homes in Ontario and supporting transport with sustainable fuel.

    StormFisher has over 10 years of plant operating experience across 7 different facilities and operates the largest private organic waste-to-energy biogas facility in North America.

    This expansion was made possible by StormFisher's partnership with Generate, a leading North American sustainable infrastructure company, which owns and operates the London plant in partnership with StormFisher. (Source: StormFisher, PR, 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: StormFisher, Brandon Moffat, VP Dev., (519) 649-2464,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News StormFisher,  Anaerobic Digestion,  

    Versalis, BTS Biogas Partner on Biogas Technology (Int'l. Report)
    Versalis, BTS Biogas
    Date: 2021-12-29
    In Italy, Milan-headquartered Versalis and anaerobic digestion specialist BTS Biogas report they are joing forces to develop and market Versalis' proprietary technology for the thermo-mechanical treatment of biomass, using BTS Biogas' fermentation technology, for the production of biogas and biomethane from residual lignocellulosic biomass.

    BTS Biogas is responsible for the development, engineering, construction and maintenance of over 250 biogas and biomethane plants across Europe, North America and East Asia. By recycling organic materials from municipalities, food companies and farms, BTS Biogas facilities are designed to generate a consistent supply of renewable energy as well as soil improvers and fertilizers.

    Versalis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Italian oil major Eni specializing in the production of chemicals. The company produced 9.5 million tons of chemical products in 2018 and is Italy's largest chemical producer. (Source: Eni, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Eni/Versalis, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141,; BTS Biogas, Christine McKiernan, Managing Dir., +39 0474 37 01 19,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Versalis,  BTS Biogas,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  

    Bioenergy Devco Raises $100Mn for AD Projects (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Bioenergy Devco,
    Date: 2021-12-20
    As previously reported, Annapolis, Maryland-based food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) specialist Bioenergy Devco (BDC) Bioenergy Devco has secured $100 million in financing from funds managed by Irradiant Partners, LP , an alternative investment manager with expertise in climate infrastructure, private equity and credit.

    Irradiant joins BDC’s existing investor base that includes Newlight Partners LP, a growth equity investment firm, and Sagewind Capital LLC, a New York-based middle-market private equity firm.

    The new capital will support development of multiple AD facilities to drive sustainable organic waste recycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North America, according to the company. (Source: Bioenergy Devco, PR, !4 Dec., 2021) Contact: Irradiant Partners,; Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427,,

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    Bioenergy Devco Raises $100Mn for AD Projects (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy Devco
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Annapolis, Maryland-based food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) specialist Bioenergy Devco (BDC) reports it has secured $100 million in financing from funds managed by Irradiant Partners , an alternative investment manager with expertise in climate infrastructure, private equity and credit. This new capital will support the development of multiple anaerobic digestion facilities to drive sustainable organic waste recycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North America.

    BDC has constructed more than 240 anaerobic digesters and currently manages 140 facilities worldwide. Since launching in the United States in 2019, BDC has over 20 anaerobic digesters in development, including two under construction in Delaware and Maryland. Slated to be the largest and the first industrial-scale food waste digester in the U.S., the facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority will have the capacity to accept more than 115,000 tons of organic material annually, offering the same carbon sequestration impact as a forested area 40 times the size of Central Park. (Source: Bioenergy Devco, PR, Website, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Irradiant Partners,; Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427,,

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    European Biogas Association Issues Biogas, Gasification Technologies Overview (Reports Attached)
    European Biogas Association
    Date: 2021-11-15
    In Brussels, the European Biogas Association (EBA) is launching the first comprehensive categorization of European Biogas and Gasification Technologies, aimed at giving visibility to high-quality European biogas products and services.

    According to the EBA, the EU biogas sector is committed to climate-neutrality, well developed and ready to scale-up production. According to EBA data, the combined production of biogas and upgraded biomethane could today cover 4.6 pct of the whole EU's gas demand. By 2050, about 30-40 pct of EU gas needs could be met by biogas/biomethane. As one of the global leaders in biogas production, European producers are now seeking new ways for cooperation with third countries to support the deployment of biogas outside EU borders, according to the report. The EBA, together with the German Biogas Association (FvB) and the Austrian Compost and Biogas Association, are already working on this direction in the framework of the DiBiCoo EU Project. One of the fruits of this cooperation is the Categorization of European Biogas and Gasification Technologies. The overview is divided in 2 different publications, one dedicated to anaerobic digestion (AD) and the other one focused on gasification.


    Download CATEGORIZATION OF EUROPEAN GASIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES report HERE . (Source: European Biogas Association, 9 Nov., 2021) Contact: European Biogas Association, Angela Sainz Arnau , +32 2 400 10 89,,; German Biogas Association,

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    Scirocco Energy Nails N. Ireland AD Plant Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    Scirocco Energy
    Date: 2021-10-06
    In the UK, Scirocco Energy has completed the acquisition of Londonderry-based Greenan Generation Limited (GGL) and its 0.5 MWe anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Northern Ireland. This is the first acquisition under Scirocco's joint venture with Energy Acquisition Group (EAG) in which Scirocco holds a 50 pct interest.

    "The partnership is well-positioned to take advantage of the growing UK biogas market and this initial acquisition can serve as the template for other opportunities that we are screening, given its proven operational status and clear scope to enhance free cash flow and EBITDA margins through a programme of plant optimisation techniques," according to the release. (Source: Scirocco Energy, PR, Website, 1 Oct., 2021) Contact: Scirocco Energy Tom Reynolds, CEO , +44 (0) 20 7466 5000,; EAG, Greenan Generation Limited, Chris Kerr, +44 0 7508 484 334,,

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    Enbridge, Vanguard Announce RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge, Vanguard Renewables
    Date: 2021-10-04
    Boston-based food and dairy waste-to-energy project developer Vanguard Renewables and Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge, Inc. a leading North American energy infrastructure company today announced a partnership whereby Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic fpy of renewable natural gas (RNG) from anaerobic digesters in which Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest. Enbridge will invest approximately $100 million in RNG upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality renewable natural gas and transport and market the gas to U.S. customers.

    Vanguard Renewables builds, owns, and operates on-site farm anaerobic digestion facilities that process and store methane from food waste and manure into low-carbon organic fertilizer. (Source: Vanguard Renewables, Website PR, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables , John Hanselman, CEO, 781.371.4935, www. ; Enbridge, Bill Yardley, Exec. VP, Gas Transmission and Midstream, 519-619-0370,

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    WELTEC BIOPOWER Names Bristola as US RNG Partner (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-10-04
    Veshta German biogas plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH is reporting the appointment of Des Moines, Iowa-based Bristola as a Service Partnership in the USA. The two firms will promote the expansion of renewable energies by building and servicing biogas plants.

    As previously reported, WELTEC BIOPOWER entered the US market in 2006 with the construction of two biogas plants in Wisconsin, both successfully converting dairy manures to electricity for over a decade. For some time now, the production of carbon negative RNG from manures and waste materials has been enjoying a major boom in the USA. WELTEC is currently working on a pipeline of projects across North America, based on the tried and tested German-engineered anaerobic digestion technology.

    To date, WELTEC has designed and constructed more than 350 biogas and RNG plants in 25 countries. (Source: WELTEC GmbH, PR, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Dr Kevin Monson, International Sales Manager, +49 4441 99978 0, Fax: +49 4441 99978 8, ,

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    Vanguard, Enbridge Announce RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Vanguard Renewables, Enbridge
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables and Calgary-headquartered North American energy infrastructure developer Enbridge, Inc. are reporting an agreement whereby Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic feet per year of renewable natural gas (RNG) from the anaerobic digesters that Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest.

    Enbridge will invest roughly $100 million in upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality RNG and provide transportation and marketing services to market that gas to U.S. customers.

    Vanguard Renewables builds, owns, and operates the farm-based anaerobic digestion facilities that sequester the methane from food waste and manure, produce clean energy and low-carbon organic fertilizer, and support regenerative agriculture by returning the food nutrients back to the soil. Host farmers receive cost savings and a new income stream.

    In December 2020, Vanguard launched the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance alongside food industry leaders Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever, and Starbucks. The Alliance is committed to developing a circular solution for food waste reduction, recycling, and decarbonization of the manufacturing and supply chain. (Source: Vanguard Renewables, PR, The Daily Times, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables, John Hanselman, Founder and CEO, 781-232-7597,; Enbridge, Leanne McNaughton, Communications, 519-619-0370,

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    ADBA Sees Anaerobic Digestion Key in Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
    Date: 2021-09-27
    In a letter to Alok Sharma, President of the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26) to be held this November, the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) urges the COP26 President to become an advocate for improving waste management to support the economy, job creation and the UK's fight against climate change by ensuring organic wastes are captured and transformed into valuable bioresources through anaerobic digestion (AD) to rapidly decarbonise UK's transport, heat, agriculture and food and drink and other key industries.

    The letter notes that by turning all of the country's organic wastes into bioresources, the AD industry could help: the UK achieve carbon neutrality, including delivering 30 pct of the 5th Carbon Budget shortfall; create 60,000 green jobs this decade; bring over £5 billion of private sector investment; boost the UK's exports to a $1 trillion global industry; and support the country's agriculture sector and food and drink industry.

    The letter notes "There are over 140 million tonnes of readily available organic wastes still being left undigested in the UK every year. Left untreated, they release methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- directly into the atmosphere, which contributes to climate change and causes human health issues. Recycling these through AD means that turned into valuable bioresources, such as flexible green gas (biogas), bio-fertiliser (digestate), bioCO2 and other valuable bio-products. With the right support, the UK AD sector would become highly competitive globally", the letter notes.

    ADBA says the AD industry urgently needs a policy framework that brings together the multiple strands of work ongoing across government into a cohesive support strategy. The ADBA is presently working with key government departments in developing new strategies and in June, this year, launched the UK AD and Biogas Industry Climate Declaration committing the sector to "doing everything in its powers to deliver the greatest possible carbon reduction for the UK." (Source: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, PR, 20 Sept., 2021) Contact: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association , Charlotte Morton, CEO, Jocelyne Bia, Communications Consultant, +44 (0)20 3176 0592

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    Biden Admin. to Ensure a Sustainable Future for Aviation (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech, SkyNRG
    Date: 2021-09-24
    The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office announced more than $64 million in funding for 22 projects focused on developing technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. SkyNRG Americas in partnership with LanzaTech was awarded $1 million in funding for Project LOTUS (Landfill Off-gas To Ultra-low carbon intensity SAF) to design, build, operate, and maintain a production facility that will convert raw landfill biogas into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    According to The White House, aviation represents 11 pct of U.S. transportation-related emissions. The goals set by the Administration are ambitious but achievable with the use of SAF. Landfill gas is an abundant source of waste biogenic carbon, typically comprising -- 50 pct bio-based methane (CH4), 40 pct CO2 , and 10 pct nitrogen (N2). Landfill Off-gas To Ultra-low carbon intensity SAF, or Project LOTUS, will be the first to incorporate nearly all the carbon in raw LFG carbon, including the CO2 found in the raw biogas, into drop-in SAF and renewable diesel. Success in this project will materially increase the supply of low carbon intensity, low-cost SAF in the U.S. and enable rapid build-out of new landfill gas to SAF production capacity across the U.S.

    The project will leverage green hydrogen and LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology to convert LFG to ethanol at an operating landfill. The ethanol will be converted to SAF using the LanzaJet Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology developed by LanzaTech and PNNL. Once the SAF has been produced, SkyNRG Americas has numerous contractual partners including Boeing and Alaska Airlines who are committed to advancing use of the fuel in flight.

    Project LOTUS will enable a new domestic, regional supply chain to produce SAF that meets international ASTM specifications while reducing methane emissions and improving air quality. The resultant aviation fuel is high quality, low soot forming, and sustainably derived, reducing up to 110 pct of greenhouse gas emissions over traditional jet fuels. The funding from DOE will accelerate the commercial rollout of this exciting SAF production path from LFG by reducing the technical and financial risks for future integrated commercial plants across the US.

    Capturing gas from 35 landfills would produce over 500 million gpy of SAF requiring at least 25 commercial-scale biorefineries, creating good paying jobs and creating a secure domestic SAF market. Further, analysis of the overall biogas resource potential indicates that more than 6 billion gallons of SAF could be produced from 25 pct of the biogas produced at U.S. landfills and from anaerobic digestion of organic wastes and other biogas sources. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 23 Sept., 2021) Contact:LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,; SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20,,

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    Aemetis Names Biogas Pipeline Construction Contractor (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-08-17
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc.reports it has awarded a construction services contract to Machado & Sons Construction Inc. to construct the Company’s 32-mile biogas pipeline extension connecting multiple dairy anaerobic digesters throughout Stanislaus and Merced Counties in California.

    The pipeline is part of the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project which is developing a network of lagoon digesters connected via a biogas pipeline to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The pipeline will transport the renewable biogas from the dairies to the Aemetis biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis ethanol production plant in Keyes, California, where the biogas will be transformed into commercial-grade RNG for use as a carbon-negative “drop in” transportation fuel.

    The planned 52 dairies in the Aemetis biogas project are expected to capture more than 1.4 million MMBtu of dairy methane and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an estimated 5.2 million metric tonnes of CO2 each year. The captured methane will be transformed to carbon-negative transportation fuel to displace petroleum-based diesel throughout the State of California. The 5.2 million metric tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction from the Aemetis Biogas project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.1 million cars from the road.

    . Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero carbon fuels that can “drop in” to be used in airplane, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, Phone: (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044,

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    Hamilton RNG, Synthica Energy Ink RNG Agreement (Ind. Report)
    UGI Corporation, Synthica Energy
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Wyomissing Pennsylvania , Hamilton RNG Holdings, LLC is reporting definitive agreements to develop innovative food waste digester projects to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) in Ohio and Kentucky. Hamilton RNG is a joint venture owned by a subsidiary of UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation and Blue Ash, Ohio-based Synthica Energy, LLC .

    Hamilton's first project is being developed in St Bernard, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The project's digester is expected to be completed in the first half of 2023 and will process around 190,000 tpy of locally sourced food waste to generate approximately 250,000 MMBtus per year of pipeline-quality RNG to be injected into a local natural gas pipeline on the regional distribution system. Hamilton RNG is also developing other digester projects in Ohio and Kentucky.

    GHI Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UGI, will be the exclusive off-taker and marketer of RNG for Hamilton RNG.

    Synthica Energy specializes in the development of environmentally friendly, clean, and low-odor anaerobic digesters using industrial food wastes and byproducts. (Source: UGI, Website PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Hamilton RNG, UGI Energy Services, Robert Beard, VP Natural Gas, 610-373-7999,; Synthica, Energy LLC, 513-268-6688,

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    Biogas, Net-Zero Emissions Notable Quote
    Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
    Date: 2021-08-09
    "There's no net-zero without biogas. AD (anaerobic digestion) and biogas alone can make up 30 pct of the 5th Carbon Budget shortfall identified by the CCC by 2030. This includes mitigating especially harmful methane emissions from organic wastes.

    "However, we can only deliver this if the British Government unlocks the current policy barriers to industry growth. Our Declaration provides a clear set of actions the Prime Minister needs to implement to unleash our (biogas) sector's potential."

    Charlotte Morton, CEO, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), Aug., 2021,

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    Vanguard Renewables VT Biogas- RNG Facility Open (Ind. Report)
    Vanguard Renewables
    Date: 2021-08-02
    Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables reports the opening of an anaerobic digestion facility designed to recycle roughly 180 tpd of locally sourced food and beverage waste with 100 tpd of cow manure from a 900-cow dairy farm in Salisbury, Vermont.

    The project's biogas is upgraded to renewable natural gas (RNG) and injected into the Vermont Gas (VGS) pipeline. Middlebury College in nearby Middlebury, Vermont, will purchase roughly 55 pct of the RNG produced annually from the project, supplying about one-third of the energy that Middlebury uses for heating and cooling. (Source: BioCycle, Vanguard Renewables, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables, 781-232-7597, www.

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    Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Funds Awarded (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Reading, Pennsylvania, he Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation reports it has awarded $85,000 in grants to three renewable and sustainable energy projects. Grant recipients include:
  • Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, $50,000 -- To create an off-the-grid education center – the Colebrookdale Children’s Educational Grove -- showcasing sustainable energy practices. Educational programs will be offered in partnership with Berks Nature and the YWCA Tri-County Area free of charge to Pennsylvania students.

  • Dickinson College, $25,000 to construct, study and demonstrate a commercial anaerobic digestion system for the generation of renewable electricity from agricultural and food processing wastes at a scale appropriate for an average Pennsylvania dairy farm. The Dickinson College Farm provides hands-on educational resources for students, faculty, and the community on topics of sustainable food production, renewable energy generation, and responsible land stewardship.

  • Berks History Center, $10,000 to implement energy-saving measures in the organization's building based on the results of a recently completed energy audit. The audit identified 10 energy conservation opportunities with the potential to save $10,000 per year in energy costs.

    The Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation and the Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies distribute grant funding and investments for a variety of projects within the territories originally served by the two electric companies. The two funds share an advisory committee and are known in the singular as the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund. (Source: Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation, › sustainable-energy-fund

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  • Anaerobic Digestion Included in Met-Ed Funding (Ind. Report)
    Anaerobic Digestion
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Reading, Pennsylvania, the Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation reports it has awarded $85,000 in grant funding to three renewable and sustainable energy projects.

    Among the award winners, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania received $25,000 to construct, study and demonstrate a commercial anaerobic digestion system for the generation of renewable electricity from agricultural and food processing wastes at a scale appropriate for an average Pennsylvania dairy farm. The Dickinson College Farm provides hands-on educational resources for students, faculty, and the community on topics of sustainable food production, renewable energy generation, and responsible land stewardship.

    (Source: Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation, › sustainable-energy-fund; Dickinson College,

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    Avolta Breaks Ground on Arizona RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Charleston, West Virginia-headquartered Avolta Development , a renewable energy company focused on originating, developing, owning, and operating renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, and its regional development partner Atlas Global Holdings LLC, report the groundbreaking of the first of two RNG Projects at the Butterfield and Milky Way dairies outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

    Collectively, Butterfield and Milky Way dairies care for more than 50,000 cows and the projects will generate over 675,000 MMBtu of RNG annually which will ultimately be distributed as renewable transportation fuel. The two projects are scheduled to begin delivering gas into a Southwest Gas Pipeline at the end of 4Q 2021 and 1Q 2022, respectively. Both facilities will be operated and maintained by gas technology firm Nacelle Solutions. (Source: Avolta Development, Website, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Avolta Development, 855.622.3553,,

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    Bioenergy Devco Completes MD's Largest AD Project (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy Devco
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered Bioenergy Devco is reporting completion of the state's newest and largest anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority campus in Jessup, Maryland. The $25 million project received more than $460,000 in grant funding to support construction.

    According to the release, the project represents an important part of building the capacity and infrastructure needed to successfully implement HB264/SB483 (Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion -- Food Residuals) which was passed into law in 2020. The bill will require businesses that generate two tons or more per week of excess food waste to separate and divert food residuals away from final disposal in landfills and incinerators beginning in January 2023. (Source: Bioenergy Devco, PR, 12 July 2021) Contact: Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427,,

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    Ont. Increasing Opportunity for On-Farm RNG Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In Guelph, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs reports it is changing its biogas regulations to create new ways for farmers to expand the emerging biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) market in the province and creating economic opportunities while maintaining the province's strict environmental protections.

    The revised regulation will enable new on-farm biogas systems and expansion of existing systems to be more easily approved and at a lower cost, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from the landfill through increased maximum allowable limits and new types of off-farm anaerobic digestion materials and by encouraging production of renewable natural gas (RNG).

    According to the release, "changes to regulations under the Nutrient Management Act will create more opportunities for farmers to treat on-farm materials as well as other types of off-farm food and organic waste materials in on-farm regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities. This will enable an increase in on-farm production of biogas to generate renewable natural gas and will provide Ontario farmers with a new source of on-farm income. There are approximately 40 agri-food anaerobic digesters in the provinces $35 million-a-year biogas sector."

    General Regulation O. Reg. 267/03 under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 establishes requirements for regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities. It is jointly administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. OMAFRA is responsible for approvals, training and certification. MECP is responsible for inspection and enforcement to ensure compliance. (Source: Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 5 July, 2021) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 519-826-3100,

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    Dexter, NM Dairy Biogas Plant Expects October Startup (Ind. Report)
    Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    National construction firm Kolb Group reports its dairy-waste biogas plant near Dexter, New Mexico, is expected to begin operation in October, this year, for natural gas sales early in 2022.

    The $45 million to $50 million plant has received the necessary air emissions related permits but is awaiting an agricultural wastewater discharge permit through the New Mexico Environment Department.

    The plant will managed by St. Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy. The plant's anaerobic digestors can handle up to 350,000 gpd of dairy waste.(Source: Kilb Group, 11 June, 2021) (Contact: Kolb Group, Kolb Bioenergy NM 1 LLC.; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055,,

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    HZI Announces 100th Kompogas Biogas Plant Installation (Int'l.)
    Hitachi Zosen Inova
    Date: 2021-05-17
    Zuric-based Swiss waste-to-energy (WtE) and biogas technology specialists Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) reports it is partnering with Cesaro Mac Import (CMI) to construct a seventh dry anaerobic digestion (AD) "Kompogas" technology biogas plant in Reggio Emilia, Italy, for Iren S.p.A Italy. The project, HZI's 100th installation , is expected to be completed and delivered by December 2022.

    The project will incorporate four PF2100 digesters processing 100 000 tpy of organic "green" waste to produce around 16.7 million Nm3 per annum of biogas that will be upgraded into biomethane -- renewable natural gas (RNG). (Source: Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, PR, 12 May, 2021) Contact: Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, P +41 44 277 11 11, F +41 44 277 13 13,,

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    Sapphire Gas Solutions Transporting RNG (Ind. Report)
    Sapphire Gas Solutions
    Date: 2021-05-14
    In the Lone Star State, Conroe-based LNG and CNG specialist Sapphire Gas Solutions reports it has entered the renewable natural gas (RNG) market with the recent awarding of transportation and logistics contracts for seven farm-based RNG operations in central California.

    The farms which utilize Redding, Califoria-based Maas Energy anaerobic digestion installations are not connected to local gas pipeline infrastructure. This created a need to compress and deliver the RNG to pipeline systems in the region via tractor trailer. Sapphire's solution was to utilize CNG-fueled transport to provide this service, according to the release. (Source: Sapphire Gas Solutions, Website, PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Sapphire Gas Solutions, Sam Thigpen, SEO, 833-662-5427,,; Maas Energy, (530) 710-8545,,

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    WELTEC BIOPOWER Touts Spanish Dairy AD, RNG Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2021-05-12
    Vechta, Germany-based biogas specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is constructing a €4 million biomethane plant for the Catalan, Spanish dairy cattle farm Torre Santamaria. The farm was the first milk producer in Spain to use residual materials for the production of energy.

    WELTEC is installing two stainless-steel anaerobic digesters (AD) to process 60,00 tpy of cattle manure, dairy barn bedding straw and silage leftovers and similar wastes. Each of the digesters has a height of 6.30 meters, is 26.87 meters wide and has a capacity of 3,573m3 l. After processing the biogas generated in the digesters will be fed into the natural gas grid. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER, PR, 10 May, 2021)Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 4441/99978-220,,

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    Greenlane Proceeds with Calif. Dairy RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2021-04-26
    British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd. will begin immediate order fulfillment against the US$2.6 million ($3.3 million Cdn) previously announced contract as part of the $21 million in contract wins for a dairy farm cluster in California on June 29, 2020. The name of the supermajor involved in this project is not disclosed at this time.

    The project will use Greenlane's Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA') biogas upgrading systems to create clean renewable natural gas (RNG) at a multi-location California dairy farm cluster through anaerobic digestion of the farm waste stream. The RNG will be supplied as fuel for the U.S. transportation sector.

    According to the release, "Greenlane is the only biogas upgrading company offering the three main technologies: water wash, pressure swing adsorption, and membrane separation to remove trace impurities from the biogas stream and separate carbon dioxide from biomethane to create a clean, high-purity low-carbon fuel: RNG, no matter the size, feedstock or application. The company has 30 years industry experience, patented proprietary technology, and over 110 biogas upgrading systems supplied into 18 countries, including the world's largest biogas upgrading facility." (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343,,

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    ISU Anaerobic Digestion, RNG R&D Funded (R&D, Funding)
    Roeslein Alternative Energy,Iowa State University
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Ames, Iowa State University (ISU) reports it and Penn State University and Roeslein Alternative Energy have received a five-year, $10 million grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture for the Consortium for the Cultivating Human and Natural Regenerative Enterprise anaerobic digestion, renewable natural gas (RNG) project.

    Iowa State researchers are also looking to expand the anaerobic digestion feedstock mix to add flexibility and environmental benefits, reduce costs, simplify operations and so that more farmers could take advantage of the technology to make money and improve the environment. (Source: Iowa State University, PR, Website, Iowa Farmer, 17 April, 2021) Contact: Iowa State University, Bioeconomy Institute, Lisa Schulte Moore, Project Dir., 515-294-3816,; Roeslein Alternative Energy, (314) 729-0055,

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    Greenlane Producing RNG from California Farm Waste (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Burnaby, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc., a global provider of biogas upgrading systems, reports it will begin immediate order fulfillment against the $2.6 million contract that was announced as part of the $21 million in contract wins for a multi-location dairy farm cluster in California in June 2020.

    The project will use Greenlane's Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading systems to create renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuel through anaerobic digestion of the farm waste stream. (Source: Greenlane, PR, Website, 18 Apr., 2021) Contact: Greenlane Renewables, (604) 259-0343,

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