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UK Gov. Urged to Reverse Green Homes Grant Claw-Back (Int'l.)
Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
Date: 2021-02-19
In the UK, the not-for-profit Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) is calling for the government to reconsider clawing back £1 billion from the Green Homes Grant program. With Less than 5 pct of the original budget has been spent, the government is saying that unspent money would not be carried over into the next financial year.

REA counters that such a move would negatively impact businesses and consumers in the short-term as well as undermine confidence in future energy conservation and efficiency initiatives. The association believes long-term strategies around heat decarbonisation are also 'imperative', otherwise a policy gap will quickly emerge with the non-domestic RHI coming to an end and put the government's net-zero ambitions in 'serious jeopardy', according to the REA release.

The REA promotes renewable energy and clean technology industries -- biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy, energy storage, wind, solar, renewable transportation fuels and others -- to grow a sustainable industry and decarbonise society as part of a circular economy. (Source: Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, Dr. Nina Skorupska, CBE, CEO, www.r-e-a.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology ,  


Greenlane Inks $3.6Mn in New RNG Contracts (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2021-02-19
Barnaby, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has inked two contracts totaling $3.6 million (Cdn) for new renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. The first contract involves a project in the Midwest United States for upgrading biogas to RNG from dairy operations. Contract details have not been disclosed.

According to Greenlane Pres. and CEO Brad Douville, "The transition to renewable natural gas as an essential solution to decarbonize transportation and the natural gas grid continues to build momentum. We're seeing new opportunities progress through our sales pipeline at an increased pace and we're seeing results from the investments we made in product development, marketing and sales over the last 12 to 18 months. These two new contract wins demonstrate continued success in sectors where we see additional upside potential and a unique position in the market for Greenlane." (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, 18 Feb., 2021)Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  RNG,  


WELTEC BIOPOWER Joins American Biogas Council, Promotes biomethane/RNG Production (Int'l. Report)
WELTEC BIOPOWER,American Biogas Council
Date: 2021-02-10

Vechta, Germany-based biogas plant manufacturer, and the developer of over 300 anaerobic digestion plants, WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH reports it has joined of the American Biogas Council (ABC). The Washington-based association has been campaigning for the interests of the American biogas industry since 2010. The ABC represents biogas and biomethane plant operators, research institutions, municipal suppliers and manufacturers along the biogas supply chain.

WELTEC has expertise in using the climate-neutral gas. Through their own portfolio of plants in Europe, the company generates 3,53 billion cubic feet of biogas annually, which is upgraded to RNG for gas grid injection. In addition, the use of RNG is everyday practice at many other plant locations. For example, a biogas plant built by WELTEC in Finland, uses biomethane to refuel trucks, and another plant in France refuels CNG/RNG tractors. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, 9 Feb., 2021) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 4441 99978-0, +49 4441 99978-8 -- fax, info@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de; American Biogas Council, Patrick Serfass, Exec. Dir., (202) 640-6595, info@americanbiogascouncil.org, www.AmericanBiogasCouncil.org

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


CBA Launches Farm Biogas Website Tool (Ind. Report)
Canadian Biogas Association
Date: 2021-02-08
The Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) is touting www.FarmingBiogas.ca, -- a new website forming part of an educational campaign to help farmers explore biogas production as an opportunity for their farm.

The CBA's new resource it intended to help farmers evaluate biogas opportunities and includes a self-assessment tool and a "getting started" checklist, a Q&A, and links to guides and handbooks. Technology vendors and advisors are also listed as well as profiles from several on-farm biogas plants across the country, according to the release.

There are presently more than 600 operational anaerobic digesters in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector with more either planned or under construction. Livestock operations account for more than half of all biogas projects in Canada. (Source: CBA, Website, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: CBA, Jennifer Green, Exec. Dir., www.biogasassociation.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Biogas Association,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  RNG,  


JLEN Acquires Codford Biogas AD Plant (Int'l. Report, M&A)
JLEN
Date: 2021-02-05
In the UK, Guernsey-registered JLEN Environmental Assets Group -- fka John Laing Environmental Fund -- is reporting the £19.8 million acquisition of Codford Biogas' 100,000 tpy food waste anaerobic digestion plant in Wiltshire. The facility supplies power up to 4,000 homes under a feed-in tariff scheme via the UK power grid. (Source: JLEN, Website, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: JLEN, www.jlen.com ; Codford Biogas, +44 1985 850582 , www.codfordbiogas.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion news,  


Black Dog Biogas to Supply Vesta's Plant with Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
Black Dog Biogas, Vestas
Date: 2021-02-03
In the UK, Black Dog Biogas and its manager Earth Capital, the owner and operator of an anaerobic digestion plant near Newport on the Isle of Wight, reports it will supply renewable electricity to Vestas' neighboring wind blade manufacturing facility.

Black Dog Biogas generates electricity through anaerobic digestion and uses the biogas as a fuel in two combined-heat-and-power units to generate renewable heat and electricity. The Black Dog facility generates sufficient power to supply around 80 pct Vestas' needs, as well as around 1,200 homes on the Isle of Wight.

Earth Capital is invested in the project through its Nobel Sustainability Fund®, a multi-phase, multi-geography fund, which invests across the sustainable and impact private markets, accelerating companies for growth, expansion, and subsequent acquisition. (Source: Earth Capital, Black Dog Biogas, Website PR, 1 Feb., 2021)Contact: Black Dog Biogas, Earth Capital, www.earthcapital.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Dog Biogas ,  Vestas,  Biogas,  


U.S. Gain Introduces LCFS Credit Generation (Ind. Report)
U.S. Gain
Date: 2021-01-27
Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG), alternative fuel and renewable thermal energy specialist U.S. Gain® reports it will now offer Credit Generation to electric fleets and forklifts in California, opening a completely new revenue stream for customers at no additional cost. (Source: U.S. Gain, Website, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. Gain, Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation U.S. Gain , 920-381-2190 slowney@usgain.com, Jon Summersett, Product Management, jsummersett@usgain.com, www.usgain.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  RNG,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biogas,  Methane,  


Aemetis Planning "Carbon Zero" Production Plants (Renewable Fuel)
Aemetis
Date: 2021-01-20
Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemicals producer Aemetis Inc. reports its exclusively licensed technology for the production of below zero-carbon renewable fuel has been awarded US Patent No. 10907184 enabling the launch of Aemetis "Carbon Zero" production plants to commercialize the technology.

Using patented technology exclusive to Aemetis for agricultural waste wood feedstock, the Carbon Zero plants are integrated with existing Aemetis production facilities to produce energy dense renewable fuels using renewable energy and below zero carbon intensity waste feedstocks.

The first Carbon Zero production plant -- Carbon Zero 1 -- is planned for Central California on a former Army ammunition production facility. It will extract sugars from waste wood and process the sugar into renewable fuel.

Aemetis' Carbon Zero plants are designed to convert below zero carbon feedstocks (waste wood and agricultural waste) and renewable energy (biogas, RNG, solar) into energy-dense liquid renewable fuels that when used in hybrid electric vehicles or other vehicle engines, will have a "below zero carbon" greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint across the entire lifecycle of the fuel, based on the Argonna National Laboratory"s GREET model, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Website, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis ,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  


GEVO Net-Zero 1 Project Slated for South Dakota (Ind. Report)
GEVO,Gevo
Date: 2021-01-13
Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol and ethanol producer GEVO Inc. is touting the concept of Net-Zero (carbon emissions) Projects for the production of energy dense liquid hydrocarbons using renewable energy and the company's proprietary technology.

A Net-Zero Project aims to convert renewable energy such as photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas (RNG), biogas, from various sources into energy dense liquid hydrocarbons that achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the fuel's whole lifecycle -- from the way carbon is captured from the atmosphere, and processed to make liquid transportation fuel products.

Net-Zero 1 to be constructed at Lake Preston, South Dakota is expected to have a capacity of 45 MMgy of hydrocarbons (for gasoline and jet fuel, based on current take-or-pay contracts) and to produce more than 350 million ppy per year of high protein feed products as well as produce sufficient renewable natural gas (RNG) to meet production process needs.

Net-Zero 1 is projected to come in at roughly $700 million including the hydrocarbon production and related renewable energy infrastructure which includes anaerobic digestion to produce biogas to run the plant and generate electricity on-site. (Source; GEVO, PR, 11 Jan., 2021.

In other GEVO news as of December 31, 2020, the company paid off the outstanding balance of $12.7 million in 12 pct convertible senior secured notes and reduced the group's general corporate secured debt balance to zero, according to a GEVO release.

As reported on 8 Jan., GEVO Inc. has contracted with Koch Industries' Houston-headquartered subsidiary Koch Project Solutions, LLC to provide front-end engineering, design and project execution management services for the expansion projects that GEVO is in the process of financing with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. (Source: GEVO Inc., Jan, 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Gevo,  Net Zero Emissions,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


TOTAL Snares French RNG Specialist Fonroche Biogaz (Int'l, M&A)
Fonroche Biogaz,TOTAL
Date: 2021-01-13
Paris-headquartered energy major TOTAL is reporting acquisition of Roquefort, France-based anaerobic digestion specialist Fonroche Biogaz.

With almost 500 GWh of installed capacity, which doubled between 2019 and 2020, Fonroche Biogaz is the French renewable natural gas (RNG) market leader with more than 10 pct market share and a portfolio of seven units in operation and a pipeline of four "imminent" projects.

As previously reported, TOTAL plans to produce 4-6 TWh of biomethane annually. (Source: TOTAL, Contact: Fonroche Group, Yann Maus, Pres., +33 ( 0) 5 59 71 65 52, www.fonrochegroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  RNG,  TOTAL,  anaerobic digestion,  


Wartsila Supplying Biogas Plant Upgrades to Nature Energy (Int'l.)
Wartsila
Date: 2021-01-06
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will supply two large-scale biogas/biomethane upgrading plants to Nature Energy in Denmark.

The two plants will be installed in the towns of Kvaers and Kong, with each plant upgrading more than 40 million Nm3 of biogas annually to deliver roughly 470 GWh of green gas energy. Biomethane currently accounts for approximately 20 pct of Denmark's gas consumption. The plants are expected to begin injecting biomethane into the Danish gas grid in 2022. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: wartsila, Arne Jakobsen, GM Biogas Solutions, +358 10 709 0000, Fax -- +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com; Nature Energy, +45 70 22 40 00, www.natureenergy.dk

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


Praj Industries Claims Indian Oil Corp. Contract (Int'l. Report)
Praj Industries
Date: 2021-01-04
Indian bioenergy-biofuels specialist Praj Industries reports receipt of an order from the New Delhi-headquartered Indian Oil Corporation for a net-zero liquid discharge system -- waste water treatment package at Indian Oil's Dumad facility in Gujarat.

Praj Industries is a global process solutions company offering value-added solutions to bioenergy facilities, compressed biogas plants, critical process equipment and skids, brewery plants, industrial wastewater treatment systems,HiPurity water systems and others. Over the past 20 years Praj has completed more than 50 biogas plants, most of which operate on industrial waste streams, according to the company website. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, Website, Business Standard, 1 Jan., 2021)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries ,  RNG,  Biofuel,  


Tata Subsidiary Commissions 5 kW Indian Biogas Plant (Int'l. Report)
Tata Power
Date: 2020-12-30
India's largest integrated power company Tata Power subsidiary TP Renewable Microgrid (TPRMG) is reporting the commissioning of a 5 kW biog plant in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

The plant uses anaerobic digesters to process locally sourced cow dung to generate methane gas to drive a specially designed 5kW generator to generate electricity which is fed to the adjoining 30kW microgrid generating station. (Source: Tata Power, Website PR, PTI, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: Tata Power, TP Renewable Microgrid, www.tatapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power,  Biogas,  


USGBC Incorporates RNG in LEED Rating System (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2020-12-21
In the Golden State, SoCalGas has praised the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for including the use of RNG in the latest beta version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.

With the new system, a project may utilise RNG to earn LEED points by capturing and using biogas on-site, sourcing biogas from a third party, or purchasing biogas to store in the project's own storage system. The RNG can be used for heating, hot water, and cooking in commercial buildings, and for stoves, dryers, water heaters, fireplaces and heating in homes. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; SoCalGas, Jeff Walker, VP Customer Solutions, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED,  Energy Efficiency,  SoCalGas,  USGBC,  RNG,  Energy Efficiency,  


Fortistar Florida RNG Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Fortistar
Date: 2020-12-16
White Plains, New York-based Fortistar reports construction is underway on a facility in Raiford, Florida, that will capture and convert approximately 1,900 dekatherms per day of landfill methane into renewable natural gas (RNG).

The project, formally known as the New River RNG Project, will collect naturally occurring methane from the New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA) municipal solid waste landfill, convert it to RNG and use it to fuel natural gas vehicles via TruStar Energy, a Fortistar company. At full output, the New River facility will extract 2,500 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill gas and produce 5.1 million gas gallon equivalents (GGE) of RNG per year. (Source: Fortistar, PR, Website, Env.+Energy Leader, 14 Dec., 2020)Contact: Forttistar, Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Fortistar,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Landfill Methane,  Biogas,  


LACSD Expanding Food Waste-to-Fuel Production (Ind. Report)
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Date: 2020-12-14
In California, the Los Angeles County Sanitation District (LACSD) reports the recent startup of a biogas purification system in Carson City to recycle food waste into renewable vehicle fuel.

A portion of the biogas is used at the Sanitation Districts' Carson City power plant where it is converted to electricity that runs the treatment plant. The remaining biogas is purified to make transportation fuel-grade renewable natural gas (RNG).

LACSD is a regional public agency that serves the wastewater and solid waste management needs of 78 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County. The agency protects public health and the environment and, in so doing, converts waste into resources like recycled water, green energy and recycled materials, according to the release. (Source: Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Sanitation Districts, Robert C. Ferrante, Chief Engineer and General Manager, Bryan Langpap, (562) 908-4288, ext. 2302, blangpap@lacsd.org, www.laced.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  


Aemetis Biogas RNG Digester Project Scores $7.8Mn (Funding)
Aemetis
Date: 2020-12-07
Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. has reported its wholly-owned subsidiary, Aemetis Biogas LLC, has been awarded $7.8 million in matching grant funding through the 2020 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP).

The DDRDP provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters for the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) for transportation fuel in California.

In December 2020, Aemetis will begin construction of its biogas upgrading facility that will allow the company to inject RNG into PG&E's natural gas pipeline by the end of the first quarter of 2021. The company expects to offer truck fleet RNG fueling fueling at the Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes ethanol biorefinery in Q2, 2021. (Source: Aemetis Inc., Website, PR Nov., 2020)Contact: California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, (916) 654-1393, www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/ddrdp; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  RNG,  Anerobic Digestor,  Biogas,  


Greenlane Inks $10Mn RNG Project Contract (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2020-12-04
Barnaby, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables' wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas, has signed a $10 million contract for a new renewable natural gas (RNG) project owned by an as yet unnamed international energy firm.

The project will utilise Greenlane's membrane separation biogas upgrading system. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  RNG,  


Quadrogen's BC Landfill Gas-to-RNG Project Completed (Ind. Report)
Quadrogen Power Systems ,FortisBC
Date: 2020-12-04
In British Columbia, Burnaby-based biogas clean-up systems specialist Quadrogen Power Systems reports completion of its innovative biomethane (RNG) generation project utilizing landfill gas from the Vancouver Landfill in Delta. RNG from the project will be injected into the FortisBC pipline at a natural gas pressure regulation station in Richmond.

FortisBC has received BC Utilities Commission approval to purchase up to 60,000 gigajoules per year of the project's RNG for injection into its natural gas infrastructure -- sufficient energy for approximately 700 homes in the province. The Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) invested $265,532 in Quadrogen's project. (Source: Quadrogen, Website PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Quadrogen, Alakh Prasad, Pres., CEO, Carolyn Bailey, Business Dev. Manager, Manager, 604-221-7170, carolynbailey@quadrogen.com, www.quadrogen.com; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., 604-576-7000, www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quadrogen Power Systems,  Landfill Gas,  Biomethane,  RNG,  FortisBC ,  


WELTEC BIOPOWER French Biomethane Plant of Goes Live (Int'l.)
WELTEC BIOPOWER
Date: 2020-11-30
Vechta, Germany-based biomethane plant developer WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH reports its €11 million Papillonniere biomethane plant near the town of Vire in Normandie, France, is now online. The project partner Agripower France's Agrigaz Vire, a local company with 40 operations along the agricultural value chain.

The plant digests roughly 70,000 tpy of regionally-sourced raw biomass material including inexpensive food industry and agricultural wastes such as cattle and pig manure and liquid slurry as well as maize, grass, whole plant silage, straw and grass silage wastes. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER GmbH,, PR, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 4441 99978-0, Fax: +49 4441 99978-8 , info@weltec-biopower.de , www.weltec-biopower.de; Agripower France, +33 2 28 06 05 90, www.agripower-france.com

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


BiON Accelerating Malaysian Biogas Projects Effort (Int'l.)
BiON
Date: 2020-11-23
Kuala Lumpur-based environmental engineering, wastewater treatment and renewable energy solutions specialist BiON Plc is reporting non-binding memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Green Lagoon Technology, LIPP Engineering, and SIRIM Tech Venture to partner on waste-to-energy biogas industry opportunities in Malaysia.

BiON, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, BiON Ventures Sdn Bhd (BVSB) and BiON, has inked MOUs with:

  • Green Lagoon Technology (GLT), a developer of biogas power plants with a specialisation in in-ground bioreactor systems. The firm currently has four grid-connected biogas plants generating a total of 6 MW. Green Lagoon Technology, www,glt.my

  • LIPP Engineering (LIPP), an engineering, procurement and construction firm focused on generating renewable energy from various biomass or waste sources utilising its German-developed technology. LIPP Engineering, www.lipp-engineering.com

  • SIRIM Tech Venture (SIRIM), a Malaysian government agency that promotes technological advancement and adoption to drive industrial efficiency and development in Malaysia. SIRIM Tech Venture Sdn Bhd, www.sirimtechventure.my (Source: BiON Plc, PR Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: BiON Ventures Sdn Bhd, +603 6413 1085, info@bioplc.com, www.bionplc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Waste-to-Energy,  


  • Aemetis Subsidiary Wins $24Mn Purchase Order (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Aemetis Health Products, Inc., has received a $24 million initial purchase order after signing a supply agreement for sanitizer alcohol and nitrile gloves with a California distributor of health safety products.

    Aemetis Inc. owns and operates a 65 million gpy ethanol production facility near Modesto, California and owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin.

    As we reported on 24 Aug., Aemetis is also building a biogas anaerobic digester network and pipeline to convert dairy animal waste gas to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and is developing a plant to convert waste orchard wood into cellulosic ethanol.

    Aemetis holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals, according to a release. (Source: Aemetis Inc., Street Insider, 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis ,  Ethanol,  RNG,  


    Dutch bio-LNG Installation Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Renewi, Nordsol, Shell
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Nordsol is reporting construction is underway on the Netherlands' first bio-LNG installation in Westpoort, Amsterdam. The installation, which is expected to come online within one year, will produce 3.4 kt of bio-LNG per year.

    Using Nordsol technology, biogas -- 60 pct methane and 40 pct CO2 -- extracted from organic waste is converted into bio-LNG and liquid bio-CO2, a transparent and fair supply chain. The technology makes it possible to efficiently separate pure methane from the biogas and liquefy it into bio-LNG. The CO2 by-product is then reused in the market, therefore ensuring an additional reduction in CO2 emissions, leading to a 100 pct CO2 neutral fuel. (Source: Nordsol, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Nordsol, +31 268 800 408, info@nordsol.com, www.nordsol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordsol ,  bio-LNG,  Methane,  Biogas,  


    SoCalGas Dispensing California Produced RNG (Ind. Report)
    SoCalGas,Calgren
    Date: 2020-11-18
    Following up on our 15th Jan. report, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it is for the first time dispensing California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) at many of the natural gas fueling stations it operates across the Golden State.

    The utility recently began purchasing RNG from Pixley-based Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren), the largest dairy biogas operation in the U.S.

    To encourage the growth and use of RNG, SoCalGas has also proposed offering customers the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources. Additionally, California recently enacted legislation that expands the definition of renewable natural gas to include organic waste such as dead trees, agricultural waste and vegetation removed for wildfire mitigation which is typically converted to RNG by non-combustion thermal conversion.

    In the next three and a half years, at least 160 RNG production facilities will produce more than 15.8 million therms of carbon-negative RNG every year and replace about 119 million gallons of diesel fuel -- enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 3.4 million tpy -- equivalent of taking more than 730,000 cars off the road.

    A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, 17 Nov., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Walker, VP Customer Solutions, www.socalgas.com; Calgren Renewable Fuels, Walt Dwelle, Principal Owner , Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  SoCalGas,  Calgren,  


    North Sky Capital, Anaergia Partner on Calif. RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
    Anaergia
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Impact investing firm North Sky Capital and development, technology, and operations partner Anaergia Services are building a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) wastewater plant in San Bernadino County, California.

    The RNG facility will be a replicable model to meet California's organic waste recycling mandates to improve wastewater infrastructure resiliency and the retrofitting of anaerobic digestion (AD) infrastructure.

    The project will use Anaergia's Omnivore High Solids AD retrofit to triple capacity and increase redundancy of the existing digester infrastructure. Sludge and food organic waste will be digested to generate biogas that will be conditioned and upgraded into pipeline-quality gas using systems designed and supplied and operated by Anaergia's affiliates. (Source: North Sky Capital, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: North Sky Capital, Adam Bernstein, 612) 435-7150, www.northskycapital.com; Anaergia, Andrew Benedek, CEO, 905-766-3333, info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com; Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, 760-246-8638, www.vvwra.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia,  Biogas,  RNG ,  


    CPS Energy, VIA Metropolitan Transit Tout RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
    CPS Energy
    Date: 2020-11-13
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio-based CPS Energy and San Antonio public transportation provider VIA Metropolitan Transit are reporting a new fuel supply agreement that will provide Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) produced from landfill gas (methane) to VIA's bus fleet, beginning in 2021.

    VIA, which operates the largest CNG fuelling station in the U.S., has a diversified active fleet portfolio consisting of 502 buses powered primarily by CNG fuel, with some diesel-electric hybrid, electric, diesel and propane vehicles in use. VIA's conversion to a CNG fleet began in 2017 and is designed to reduce NOx emissions by 97 pct from the diesel buses they replaced. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: CPS Energy, Paula Gold-Williams, Pres., CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; VIA Metropolitan Transit , Jeffrey C. Arndt, CEO, www.viainfo.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CPS Energy news,  CNG news,  RNG news,  Biogas news,  


    Endesa Expanding French Wastewater (bio) NGV Network (Int'l.)
    Endesa
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In Madrid, Endesa reports it will start supplying biogas sourced wastewater and sludge at its network of (bio)NGV stations in Region-Ile-de-France, beginning in 2023. The announcement follows a supply contract agreement between Spanish multi-energy company and SIAAP, the main wastewater treatment syndicate in the Paris region.

    The supply contract awarded to Endesa includes the purchase of 40GWh/year of biomethane from 2023, and up to 220GWh/year from 2030. Endesa currently operates 8 public and 3 private (bio) NGV stations and plans to expand its network to 40 (Bio)NGV stations in France by 2024. (Source: Endesa, PR, PetrolPlaza, 7 Nov., 2020) Contact: Endesa SA, www.endesasa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Endesa,  NGV,  Alternative Duel,  Biogas,  


    Praj Industries Touts RNG Demo (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Pune, India-based Praj Industries is reporting the inauguration of a demonstration plant that deploys innovative technology for the production of Compressed Biogas (CBG) at the Praj Matrix R&D campus. The demo plant deploys Praj's technology that uses a proprietary microbial consortium made from agricultural residue feedstock.

    Also known as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), CBG is part of Praj's Bio-Mobility™ portfolio which uses captive bio-based feedstock to produce carbon neutral transportation fuels.

    Since last 20 years, Praj has executed more than 50 biogas plants, most of which operate on industrial waste streams, according to the company website. (Source: Praj Industries, Website PR, 6 Nov., 2020)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries ,  RNG,  Biofuel,  


    Gasum Acquires Major Swedish Biogas Plant (M&A, Int'l Report)
    Gasum,Torran Gas Holding
    Date: 2020-11-06
    In Helsinki, Finnish energy company Gasum is reporting acquisition of the 40GWh Skovde Biogasa plant from Torran Gas Holding AB in Sweden.

    The Skovde Biogas plant along with Gasum's biogas plants in Lidkoping and Vadsbo (50 pct ownership) and a planned facility in Gotene, will boost the company's biogas production capacity and enable the company to optimize raw material sourcing and distribution, according to a company release. (Source: Gasum, Nov., 2020) Contact: Gasum, Johanna Lamminen, CEO, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasum,  Biogas,  


    Stirling, AB Partner on Biomethane Plants (Ind. Report)
    Stirling Cryogenics
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Dutch firm Stirling Cryogenics, part of the Torino, Italy-based HYSYTECH group, reports it is partnering with Italian firm AB on the design, construction, installation and maintenance of liquid biomethane production plants incorporating Stirling's cryogenerators.

    Under the agreement, AB's CH4LNG "liquefier" unit, will be deployed with Stirling's cryogenerators for bio-LNG systems to process up to 12 tpd of biomethane for small and medium-sized biogas plants for upgrading to bio-LNG. (Source: Stirling Cryogenics, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Stirling Cryogenics, +31 40 267 7300, www.stirlingcryogenics.eu; HYSYTECH, +39 011 397 0273, www.hysytech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stirling Cryogenics,  Biomethane,  


    SDCL Acquiring Stockholm Biogas Distribution Network (Int'l., M&A)
    SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust
    Date: 2020-10-21
    London, UK-headquartered SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust PLC reports it is purchasing 100 pct interest in Vartan Gas Stockholm AB for £100 million ($129.4 million) from existing cash reserves and debt facilities.

    Vartan owns and operates the city of Stockholm's regulated gas grid, the majority of which is sourced from locally produced biogas.

    The purchase is expected to close within weeks, according to the release. (Source: SDCL, Alliance News, 19 October, 2020) Contact: SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust, 44-20-7287-7700, www.sdcleeit.com; Vartan Gas Stockholm AB, www.allabolag.se/5590671854/vartan-gas-stockholm-ab

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Natural Gas,  


    U.S. Gain Adds Deer Run Dairy to RNG Dev. Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-10-19
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG) specialist U.S. Gain is reporting the anaerobic digester at Deer Run Dairy in Kewaunee, Wisconsin is complete and transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon fuel for the transportation market. RNG production offers Deer Run Dairy the opportunity to improve manure management practices from its herd of 1,700 milking cows.

    In 2021, U.S. Gain will expand the system's capacity by installing a mixing tank that will enable other local farms to bring animal waste to Deer Run Dairy. RNG produced at Deer Run Dairy will be transported to a new decanting facility U.S. Gain constructed at Holsum Dairy located in Hilbert, Wisconsin, where it will be injected into the natural gas pipeline.

    Nacelle Solutions, a leading technology and service company specializing in gas conditioning and advancement of the energy and biogas industries, was a key partner to U.S. Gain in bringing this project online.

    "U.S. Gain is a leader in development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable thermal energy. Over the past 10 years we've diversified throughout the renewable natural gas supply chain, becoming vertically integrated to provide the cleanest fuel and energy at the best value. We're developing renewable natural gas at farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants to reduce emissions for sustainably driven organizations. Further, we continue to build out a platform of alternative fuel solutions that enable the polyfuel future fleets demand," according to U.S. Gain. (Source: U.S. Gain, PR, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: U.S. Gain, Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation, (920) 619-4400, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S.Gain news,  RNG news,  Anaerobic Digestion news,  Biogas news,  Methane news,  


    Ontario's Largest RNG Project Energy Board Approved (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Natural Gas,Enbridge
    Date: 2020-10-14
    In Toronto, the Ontario Energy Board has given the nod to a $42 million Niagara Falls Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) facility being developed by Enbridge and Walker Industries. When fully operational, the plant will be the largest of its kind in Ontario and generate sufficient renewable energy from landfill waste/biogas to heat 8,750 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 48,000 tpy.

    The Ontario Energy Board has also approved an application from Enbridge to implement a pilot Voluntary Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Program in Ontario starting in 2021. Through the program, customers can choose to support the transition to clean energy through a small monthly contribution to purchase carbon-neutral renewable natural gas. During the first five years of the program, Enbridge Gas anticipates up to 28,000 customers could participate in the program.

    The Board notes "Encouraging investments and innovative clean, renewable energy programs are part of the Ontario government's Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Canada meet its 2030 target." (Source: Ontario Energy Board, Government of Ontario, PR, 12 Oct., 2020)Contact: Ontario Energy Board, 416-314-2455, www.oeb.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  Enbridge,  


    IrBEA Outlines Irish Bioenergy Priorities (Int'l. Report)
    Irish Bioenergy Association
    Date: 2020-10-14
    According to the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA), there is significant potential for bioenergy to contribute to renewable heat, transport and electricity targets, provide opportunities to farmers through farm diversification and development of alternative enterprises, development of rural jobs and addressing the climate changes and emissions challenges faced by the country. IrBEA notes the bioenergy sectors of biomass, biogas, biofuels, energy crops and wood fuels are all part of the bioeconomy and offer considerable potential and opportunity to drive the economic, jobs and growth agenda in rural areas.

    IrBEA notes that despite Ireland's natural climate and fertile soil advantage in producing bioenergy, out of 28 member European Union states Ireland is 27th in terms of its use of renewable heat and derives only 4 pct of its energy from Bioenergy. IrBEA also calls for:

  • financing of biomass CHP, biogas CHP and local heating projects, with particular reference to community involvement, and mobilization of forest biomass;

  • establishment of the Midlands Renewable Energy hub to allow the repurposing away from peat to the efficient usage of bioenergy for heat and power provision and the establishment of supply chains, employment opportunities and rural development;

  • introduction of a biogas support scheme to mobilize an Irish biogas industry on a phased basis;

  • provision be made in the Finance Act for the revenue treatment of biomass chipping and related equipment to be the same as the treatment of other mobile machinery such as mobile cranes and concrete pumping equipment;

  • immediately increase the blending rates to E10 (10 pct Ethanol) petrol blend and B12 (12 pct Biodiesel) diesel blend in Ireland. This would increase the blending rates from the current substitution rates of E5 for petrol and B7 for Diesel, and others. (Source: Irish Bioenergy Association , PR, 13 Oct., 2020) Contact: Irish Bioenergy Assoc., Sean Finan , CEO, +44 0 87 4146480, www.irbea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  Biofuel news,  Peat news,  Forest Biomass news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


  • Ductor Announces New Biogas Project Plans (Int'l. Report)
    Ductor
    Date: 2020-10-09
    Helsinki-headquartered biotechnology company Ductor Corporation reports receipt of a significant investment from BW Group, one of the world's leading maritime groups in the tanker, gas, and offshore segments, and will develop up to 200 new biogas and sustainable fertilizer projects in Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Norway, and the U.S., among others within a few years

    The new projects will use agricultural or fish waste to create renewable biogas and sustainable organic fertilizer. The company's fermentation technology converts agricultural waste, such as chicken manure, into efficient organic fertilizer for large-scale farming and biogas in the form of biomethane to replace fossil fuel energy.

    Ductor opened its first operational sustainable fertilizer and biogas facility in Mexico and contracted for three new facilities in Poland in 2019, and has around 75 new projects under development in Europe and North America.

    (Source: Ductor Corp. PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: Ductor Corp, Ari Mokko, Founder and CEO , +358 10 320 6560, 877-382-8671 -- US Office, ductor.americas@ductor.com, www.ductor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  


    Greenlane Inks Brightmark RNG Project Contract (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane,Brightmark
    Date: 2020-10-09
    Barnaby, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewable's wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America, reports inking a $7.7 million contract for a new multi-site renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Florida developed by San Francisco-headquartered Brightmark.

    Greenlane's pressure swing adsorption biogas upgrading systems will be used in Brightmark's Sobek RNG project in Okeechobee County at four Larson family dairy farms. When fully operational, the project is expected to generate 171,000 MMBtu per year of RNG which will be injected into the local interstate gas pipeline system. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com; Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO ,Kavitha Ramakrishnan, kavitha.ramakrishnan@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane,  Brightmark,  RNG,  


    Wartsila to Supply German LNG/bio-LNG Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2020-10-09
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Group reports it has contracted to supply and construct a 100,000 tpy plant for the production of carbon-neutral bio-LNG transport fuels in Cologne, Germany.

    The plant, which is slated to be fully operational by autumn 2022, will incorporate a gas treatment system based on Wartsila's Puregas CA technology, a liquefaction unit using Wartsila's Semi-Dual Brayton technology, storage tanks, truck filling stations and necessary safety flare and auxiliary equipment.

    The project will use liquid manure, food waste and similar waste material as feedstock that will be processed using anaerobic digestion to produce biogas to be upgraded to biomethane and injected into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Bioenergy Insights, 8 Oct., 2020)Contact: Wartsila, +358 10 709 0000, Fax -- +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  LNG,  bioLNG,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Aussie Bioenergy Industrial Park Seeking Tenants (Int'l. Report)
    Utilitas Group
    Date: 2020-10-07
    In the land Down Under, Brisbane-based bioenergy developer Utilitas Group is reporting the opening of a decommissioned wastewater treatment plant in Queensland as the Bundaberg bioHub industrial park. The project is seeking prospective bioenergy, food, and fertiliser industry tenants such as Green Eco Technologies, Grenof, ENGV, Energy360, Scania, New Holland, and ReCarbon.

    Utilitas Group partnered with Bundaberg Regional Council to purchase the former East Bundaberg wastewater facility to create the industrial park focused on renewable natural gas (RNG), biomethane, and hydrogen. Utilitas is now considering the feasibility of distributing green gas from the Bundaberg bioHub through the Bundaberg gas distribution network. (Source: Utilitas Group, PR Website News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Utilitas Group, Fiona Waterhouse, CEO, +61 7 3105 2819 info@utilitas.com.au, www.utilitas.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Utilitas Group,  Bioenergy,  RNG,  Biogas,  


    Kern County Calif. Dairy Produces First RNG (Ind. Report)
    CalBioGas
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Golden State, CalBioGas, a joint venture between California Bioenergy, Chevron U.S.A., and local dairy farmers, report its first renewable natural gas (RNG) from dairy farms in Kern County. CalBioGas is developing anaerobic digester projects across three geographic clusters in Kern, Tulare, and Kings Counties. The dairy biomethane projects are designed to send dairy biogas to a centralised processing facility where it will be upgraded to RNG, injected into local utility SoCalGas' pipeline and marketed as an alternative fuel for heavy-duty vehicles. (Source: CalBioGas, PR, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: CalBioEnergy, N. Ross Buckenham, CEO, 559-667-9560, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com

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


    WELTEC BIOPOWER Building 7-MW Korean Biogas Plant (Int'l. Report)
    WELTEC BIOPOWER
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Vechta, Germany-headquartered biogas specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH reports it is set to start construction of a 7-MW, 93,000 tpy of locally-sourced food-waste biogas plant north of Seoul in Gyeonggi-do Province, South Korea. The anaerobic digestion facility will transform biogas into heat in an integrated gas boiler and is expected to come online as early as spring 2021.

    South Korea's Green New Deal calls for net-zero carbon emission by 2050 making it the first East Asian country to set a time-frame to end its contribution to climate change. First efforts were already made in 2017 with the the South Korean Renewable Energies 2030 Implementation Plan which identifies biogas as a key to emissions reduction success.

    WELTEC planned and built two biogas plants in South Korea based on the digestion of organic waste in 2012 and 2016. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, 23 Sept., 2020) Contact: WELTECH BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 (0) 4441-999 78-220, www.weltec-biopower.de

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


    Smithfield Foods Aims for Carbon Negative by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Smithfield Foods
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Virginia-based pork producer Smithfield Foods has pledged to become the first major protein company to go carbon negative through carbon reduction infinitive s at its 40 company-owned facilities in the U.S. by 2030 without purchasing carbon credits to offset emissions.

    . In 2016, the company announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 pct by 2025 across its entire supply chain and in 2017 launched Smithfield Renewables that united its carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. The company is known for its anaerobic digestion biogas efforts to turn methane from hog manure into renewable natural gas, The company will also work to sequester more carbon in farmlands and natural ecosystems. It also intends to add more wind and solar energy; streamline distribution routes to reduce miles traveled; reduce energy consumption for refrigeration, lighting and equipment. (Smithfield Foods, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Smithfield Foods, Kenneth M. Sullivan, Pres., CEO, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Negative,  Biogas,  Methane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    U.S.Gain's Fourth Dairy RNG Dev. Project Operational (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG) specialist U.S. Gain reports the recent installation of gas production equipment at Dallmann East River Dairy in Brillion, Wisconsin, which is now producing clean RNG for the transportation industry.

    A key partner to U.S. Gain in the Dallmann project was Nacelle Solutions, an industry leader in developing gas clean-up equipment specifically designed for the RNG industry, according to the U.S. Gain release. (Source: U.S, Gain,Sept., 2020) Contact: U.S. Gain, Mike Koel, Pres., Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. RNG Business Development, Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation , 920.381.2190, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; Nacelle Solutions, Gov Graney, (855) 622-3553, info@nacellesolutions.com, www.nacellesolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  RNG,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biogas,  Methane,  


    Memphis Landfill RNG Production Underway (Ind. Report)
    Republic Services,Aria Energy
    Date: 2020-08-31
    Following up on our 16 Nov., 2018 report, landfill management firm Republic Services is reporting landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) production is underway at the South Shelby Landfill in Memphis, Tennessee. The landfill can produce 4,000 MMBtu per day -- roughly 33,250 gpd of gasoline.

    Michigan-based Aria Energy operates the project which processes and purifies biogas into RNG which will be transported by BP into interstate natural gas pipelines and marketed it to RNG customers. The project is Aria's and BP's fourth RNG project at a Republic Services' landfill. (Source: Republic Services, PR, Kallanish, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Republic Services, 702-735-5151, www.republicsaervices.com; Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Republic Services,  RNG,  Landfill Gas,  Aria Energy,  


    ISU Researchers See Anaerobic Digestion, RNG Potential (Ind. Report)
    Iowa State University
    Date: 2020-08-26
    Iowa State University researchers are studying ways to increase farmer interest in and profits from anaerobic digestion (AD) and renewable natural gas (RNG) made from manure and other low-value biomass. The research team is aiming to help resolve technical, economic and social issues believed to be hindering the growth of AD technology in the US.

    The researchers see abundant possibilities for RNG in Iowa and beyond to address greenhouse gas emissions and to diversify farm income and reduce pollution in the state's waterways.

    The development of biofuels is a major recommendation in Iowa's 2016 energy plan and the state economic development authority's 2018 Biomass Conversion Action Plan which has been funding research into various anaerobic digestion techniques.

    According to a 2013 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) inventory, Iowa produces more manure than any other state but the sources are not sufficiently concentrated to make digestion feasible or economically profitable.

    Researchers hope to enhance the efficiency, reduce the costs and create ancillary income streams that will persuade farmers in Iowa and beyond to add AD to their operations. To that end, the researchers will explore the use of mixed prairie grasses and winter cover crops, such as annual rye, for AD.

    The project is funded with a $10 million grant from the USDA. (Source: Iowa State University, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa State University, Prof. Lisa Schulte Moore, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, (515) 294-7339, , www.iastate.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa State University ,  RNG,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Lethbridge Biogas Plant $7Mn Expansion Underway (Ind. Report)
    Lethbridge Biogas
    Date: 2020-08-24
    On the Canadian prairies, Lethbridge County and Lethbridge Biogas in Alberta are celebrating the announced $7 million expansion of the company's Rave Industrial Park biomass and organic waste plant.

    The expansion will introduce Lethbridge Biogas into the natural gas market by allowing for the plant's biogas to be purified into pipeline-grade biomethane (RNG) which will be injected into ATCO's natural gas grid. This carbon-neutral biomethane will also be supplied to FortisBC under a long-term supply agreement by mid-2021.

    When fully operational. Lethbridge Biogas will have the first full-scale, commercial renewable natural gas application in Alberta. (Source: Lethbridge Biogas, Canadian Biomass, Aug., 2020) Contact: Lethbridge Biogas, 403-328-1429, www.lethbridgebiogas.ca; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisbc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  FortisBC,  RNG ,  


    Duke Energy Invests in SustainRNG Dairy Biogas Projects (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy,SustainRNG
    Date: 2020-08-19
    North Carolina utility Duke Energy is reporting partnering with Charlotte-based SustainRNG, a North Carolina start-up firm, to work with southeastern US dairy farmers to develop biogas as an alternate fuel.

    SustainRNG will engineer, finance, construct and operate RNG sites in collaboration with dairy farmers. Duke Energy has a minority share in SustainRNG and the option to invest in future operating projects.

    Methane (biogas) is more than 80 times more potent as a global warming agent in its first 20 years in the atmosphere compared with CO2. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; SustainRNG, Michael Shore, CEO, michael@SustainRNG.com, www.sustainrng.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biogas,  SustainRNG,  Duke Energy,  


    Indiana Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
    Rumpke Waste & Recycling,Archaea Energy
    Date: 2020-08-14
    Ohio-headquartered Residential and commercial waste management services provider Rumpke Waste & Recycling reports it is partnering with Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania-based Archaea Energy LLC and has broken ground on a landfill-gas-to-energy plant at Rumpke's Medora Landfill in Southern, Indiana.

    Archaea Energy is a private-equity biogas developer aiming to source, build and manage projects for the entirety of an energy project's lifecycle. The company aims to build renewable high BTU projects to power the truck and bus fleets of the US with renewable fuels, according to its website. (Source: Rumpke Waste & Recycling, Hoosier Times, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: Rumpke Waste & Recycling, 800-828-8171, www.rumpke.com; Archaea Energy, Nick Stork, CEO, info@archaea.energy, www.archaeaenergy.com <

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Landfill Gas-to-Energy,  


    Biogas, Natural Gas Mix Considered in India (Int'l. Report)
    Biogas
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In New Delhi, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas reports it looking at blending biogas with natural gas to boost domestic availability of biofuels and cut reliance on imports. The plan is in keeping with the Ministry's mandated blending ethanol extracted from sugarcane with petrol and doping diesel with biodiesel extracted from non-edible oil.

    The Ministry is calling for financial institutions, stakeholders and corporations to fund the initiative. It is also looking for support from state governments which collect agricultural and municipal residues and wastes to supply waste feedstocks to biofuel production plants. (Source: Gov. India, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, PTI, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, www.petroleum.nic.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Ethanol,  Natural Gas,  


    Duke Energy Invests in SustainRNG (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy, SustainRNG
    Date: 2020-07-31
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility giant Duke Energy reports it has taken a minority stake in SustainRNG, a company that plans to capture bovine emissions of methane on dairy farms in the Southwest with the potential scale up nationwide. SustainRNG's first farm-based project is slated to start in late 2021.

    Methane is more than 80 times more potent as a global warming agent in its first 20 years in the atmosphere compared with CO2. (Source: Duke Energy PR, BNN, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; SustainRNG, www.sustainrng.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Duke Energy,  SustainRNG,  Methane,  Biogas,  


    Meridiam, Sevana Bioenergy Partner on Biogas Project (Ind. Report)
    Sevana Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-07-24
    Paris headquartered global investment firm Meridiam and Larkspur, California-based Sevana Bioenergy are reporting an agreement to develop an existing 2011-vintage biodigester project in Twin Falls, Idaho. The plant presently produces renewable electricity through the anaerobic digestion of dairy manure that is delivered to the grid under a power purchase agreement with Idaho Power.

    Sevana Bioenergy will serve as the development partner, service provider, and long-term co-investor of the project, the second phase of which is expected to start in Q3 -- upgrading the facility to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuel to be marketed under the renewable fuel standard ( RFS) programmes in the federal and California market.

    Meridiam is a global investor and asset manager specialized in developing, financing and managing long-term public infrastructure projects. Founded in 2005, Meridiam invests in public infrastructure in Europe, North America and Africa, according its website. (Source: Meridiam Website, July, 2020) Contact: Sevana Bioenergy, info@sevanabioenergy.com, www. sevanabioenergy.com; Meridiam ,+33 1 53 34 96 99, 212 798 8690 -- NY Office, www.meridiam.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG news,  Biogas news,  Sevana Bioenergy news,  

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