In collaboration with Linköping-based energy recovery specialists Tekniska verken, Scania Engines is currently testing one of its engines using raw gas, biogas that is untreated—i.e., not cleaned or upgraded to remove wastewater, CO2 and other particles, as happens with the production of compressed natural gas for vehicle fuels. Instead, the... Read more →

EPA issues final actions to cut methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to reduce emissions of methane-rich landfill gas from new, modified and reconstructed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills, updating standards that were issued in 1996. In a separate action, EPA also issued revised guidelines for reducing emissions from... Read more →

Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy (FCE) has applied for a prospective pathway for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for the production of hydrogen fuel produced from biogas derived from the mesophilic anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge at a publicly owned treatment works (POTW). The biogas is cleaned, then internally reformed in... Read more →

Iogen proposes new method to increase renewable content of transportation fuels; renewable hydrogen from biogas for refinery hydrogenation units

Cellulosic biofuel and biochemical company Iogen Corporation has developed and filed for patents on a new method to increase the renewable energy content of liquid transportation fuels. The production method involves processing biogas to deliver renewable hydrogen and then incorporating the renewable hydrogen into conventional liquid fuels via selected refinery... Read more →

ARB posts six new LCFS pathway applications for comment; new PFAD biodiesel approach

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has posted six new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) pathway applications to the LCFS public comment web site: corn ethanol; molasses ethanol (from Brazil); palm fatty acid distillates (PFAD) to biodiesel; and landfill gas to LNG, L-CNG, and CNG. The LCFS requires oil... Read more →

EPA proposes adding renewable diesel and naphtha from landfill biogas and butanol pathways to RFS

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed rulemaking for modifications to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) program. The proposal also includes various changes to the E15 misfueling mitigation regulations (E15 MMR), ultra low sulfur diesel survey requirements as well as other technical amendments. The proposed rules include... Read more →

California ARB considering four new low-carbon fuel pathways; Neste renewable diesel and sugarcane molasses ethanol

California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has posted four new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) pathways to the LCFS web site. (Earlier post.) Among the new pathways to be considered is the production of renewable diesel from Australian tallow at Neste Oil’s Singapore plant. Others are sugarcane molasses ethanol from... Read more →

BMW Manufacturing launches study to convert landfill gas to hydrogen to power material handling equipment fleet

BMW Manufacturing has launched the first phase of an integrated program of work with the intent to validate the economic and technical feasibility of converting landfill gas (LFG) into hydrogen. If successful, the follow-up phases of the project will provide infrastructure for using this hydrogen to fuel the company’s entire... Read more →

Sainsbury’s Begins Food Delivery With Biomethane-Fueled Heavy-Duty Truck

Sainsbury’s is beginning daily food deliveries from its depot in Bristol (UK) to the supermarket’s new environmental store in Dartmouth—a 500 km (311 miles) round trip—using a Mercedes-Benz Axor truck fueled with biomethane produced from landfill gas. The truck is retrofitted with UK-based Clean Air Power’s Genesis Dual-Fuel system, which... Read more →

GE Jenbacher Gas Engine Powers Bowerman Landfill Gas Project to Produce LNG for Vehicle Fuel

GE Jenbacher type 3 engine. A GE Energy Jenbacher gas engine is powering the world’s first commercial landfill gas (LFG)-to-liquid natural gas (LNG) conversion facility designed to create alternative fuel for vehicles. The LNG produced at the new facility at the Bowerman Landfill (earlier post) is primarily targeted to be... Read more →

Prometheus Produces World’s First Commercial LNG from Landfill Gas; Targeted for Public Transit Fuel

Prometheus LFG to LNG plant at Bowerman Landfill. Click to enlarge. Prometheus Energy Company has begun producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the world’s first landfill gas-to-LNG plant. The plant was installed in late 2006 at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Orange County, California. The entire output of the... Read more →

FirmGreen Starts LFG Biomethane Plant Construction; Output for Power and Vehicle Fuel

Acrion’s CO2 Wash system. Click to enlarge. FirmGreen Energy (FGE) has begun construction of a landfill gas (LFG) clean-up project near Grove City, Ohio at the Franklin County landfill, operated by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). (Earlier post.) When fully operational this summer, FGE’s Bio-Fuels facility will... Read more →

Solid Waste-to-Ethanol Process Offers Lower Life Cycle Energy Use than Corn- or Cellulosic-Ethanol Production

Researchers from the University of Toronto and Michigan State University have concluded that ethanol derived from municipal solid waste (MSW) can deliver a life cycle total energy use per vehicle less than that of corn-ethanol and cellulosic-ethanol (derived from energy crops). The team modeled a municipal solid waste (MSW)-to-ethanol facility... Read more →

Ohio EPA Greenlights Landfill Gas Project for Power, CNG and Methanol

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has approved FirmGreen Energy’s (FGE) construction of its landfill gas processing center, called a Green Energy Center, adjacent to the Franklin County landfill in Grove City, Ohio. (Earlier post.) FGE will use its licensed CO2 Wash technology to clean and process the landfill... Read more →

BMW Manufacturing Powers Paint Shop with Landfill Gas

BMW Manufacturing Co. will use recycled methane gas generated by the Palmetto Landfill near Spartanburg, SC, to provide energy to its paint shop. BMW is working with long-standing partner Durr Systems of Plymouth, Mich., to modify and upgrade equipment so landfill gas (LFG) can be used to fuel the paint... Read more →

Landfill Gas-Powered Biodiesel Plant Nabs EPA Award

Biodiesel-powered. The EPA has named the Biodiesel Production Facility in Denton, Texas, as its Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) Project of the Year (Alternative Fuel). The 3-million gallon/year plant represents a partnership between Biodiesel Industries, Inc., DTE Energy and the City of Denton. This is the first facility of its... Read more →

SHEC to Build Solar Plant to Convert Landfill Gas to Hydrogen

Sketch of the solar station Solar Hydrogen Energy Corporation (SHEC) and its partners will deploy the world’s first solar hydrogen production station using landfill gas (LFG) (methane) as a feedstock at the Fleet Street landfill in Regina, Saskatchewan. The plant (SHEC Station #1), based on SHEC’s Dry Fuel Reformation process—will... Read more →

Ohio LandFill Gas Project to Produce Power, CNG, Methanol and Hydrogen

Business First. FirmGreen Energy is planning to build a landfill gas (LFG) project at the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio’s (SWACO) landfill in Grove City, near Columbus. The US$18 million project—called a Green Energy Center by FGE— has three primary phases: the first, to produce power and heat with... Read more →