June 16, 2017 -Europe has 3,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations, of which 80 are also suitable for liquid natural gas (LNG). This same infrastructure can be used to distribute bio-LNG, or rather liquid biomethane, which has high levels of purity and very low CO2 and particulate emissions. Easily transportable from source to destination, bio-LNG can be fed into the network or be fundamental in the mobility of heavy vehicles.
June 21, 2017 – Greene King, the UK’s leading pub retailer and brewer, has announced a new target of zero waste sent to landfill by 2020 – the first pledge of its kind in the UK’s pub industry. The declaration follows the launch of Greene King’s partnership with waste management company SWR in April 2016, and its commitment to Courtauld 2025 to create a best practice waste solution. The aim of the partnership is to continue to reduce landfill waste across the entire managed estate and remove it totally by 2020.
June 22, 2017 -Finnish gas retailer Gasum Ltd is increasing its shareholding in Nordic LNG supplier Skangas to 70%. The Norwegian Lyse Group will continue as a Skangas shareholder with a 30% stake. The increase in shareholding will strengthen Gasum’s position as the leading LNG provider and developer of the Nordic gas ecosystem.
June 28, 2017 – The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission has approved a revised 20-year agreement with Waste Management to use biogas from the company’s Metro landfill in Franklin, Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. An $11 million gas treatment plant will be built at the landfill site by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). Waste Management will maintain a gas extraction system and build a pipeline to the Emerald Park Landfill operated by Advanced Disposal. From there, the gas will be transported to the MMSD’s Jones Island water treatment facility for use in powering the plant and drying sludge into Milorganite fertiliser.
June 28, 2017 – The American Biogas Council (ABC) is joining forces with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at facilities throughout the U.S. There are 2,200 biogas facilities throughout the U.S., with about 1,300 of those at water resource recovery facilities. However, at present there are close to 4,000 water facilities in the country where new biogas systems could be installed. WEF, a not-for-profit technical and educational organisation of 33,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world, recently published a review of biogas systems in the water sector. ABC meanwhile, has just launched the new Digestate Certification Programme, creating a standard method for describing the qualities of digestate, the product generated by anaerobic digestion of organic materials.
June 28, 2017 -A study led by Cornell, Ithaca, New York, says a new process can create a higher value of green energy from food waste, a report by the Cornell Chronicle says. The study, which appeared in Bioresource Technology claims that hydrothermal liquefaction extracts a majority of the energy from food waste before anaerobic digestion. According to the report, the waste is pressured cooked to produce a crude bio-oil during the process, which can be refined into biofuel. The remaining aqueous food waste is then anaerobically digested and converted into methane, which can be used to produce commercial amounts of energy and heat.
June 29, 2017 – The contribution that biomethane can make to decarbonising transport and improve air quality around the world will be a central theme of UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo, the global tradeshow for AD and biogas taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 5-6 July. According to the show’s organisers, the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), with policymakers and cities around the world looking to decarbonise transport and improve air quality, biomethane offers low-cost, renewable transport fuel that is particularly suitable for heavy goods vehicles, buses and tractors, for which electrification is not yet suitable.
June 29, 2017 – Breda based LIQAL, a turnkey supplier of small-scale Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and hydrogen fuelling installations, has obtained a patent for a unique feature that is included in its LNG dispenser. A patent has been obtained for the nozzle docking bay, which is integrated in its latest dispenser line. This docking bay is heated and purged in order to ensure tension-free connection and de-coupling of the nozzles to and from LNG-powered vehicles, as well as long life of nozzle seals and hoses.