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Here’s an overview of key biogas news.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. “For far too long, Congress has not extended important tax provisions in a forward-looking basis, resulting in confusion and uncertainty for taxpayers,” Thompson said. “This week, we take the first step forward in untangling this mess.” […]
Cleaner air, warmer homes, better-connected communities, and a more sustainable economy – the Irish government led by Richard Bruton TD, Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) has published its Climate Action Plan. Launched on June 17, the plan sets out over 180 actions, together with hundreds of sub-actions, that need to be taken at a time when the warning signs are growing, and the time for taking action is rapidly reducing. Ireland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been rising rapidly and the country is currently 85 percent dependent on fossil fuels.
Kinetrex Energy, EDL and South Side Landfill announced today that they have broken ground on a new renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Indianapolis. The completed facility will convert landfill gas into approximately 8 million gallons of RNG each year, and in the process will reduce greenhouse gas air emissions, develop a local renewable resource, lower fuel costs and create high-paying jobs and economic development in Indiana. It will be the largest RNG project in Indiana. “This is a major milestone for Kinetrex Energy, our partners and central Indiana,” said Aaron Johnson, president and CEO of Kinetrex Energy.
The Lower Saucon Township Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved a Michigan energy company to move forward in its proposal to build a renewable natural gas facility Monday night. Aria Energy East wants to build a facility in the IESI Bethlehem Landfill that would vacuum gases — such as carbon dioxide and methane — emitted by the waste and turn them into renewable natural gas. Board Chairman Jason Banonis addressed concerns, such as the existence of harmful byproducts, previously raised by township planners at a special exception request meeting June 5.
A Leeming biogas plant is to turn waste whey from the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes into renewable energy. The innovative move should supply energy to heat 4,000 North Yorkshire homes, as well as cutting carbon emissions for the Creamery. A biogas plant at Leeming, which currently runs on ice-cream residue from R&R Ice Cream, will use a process called anaerobic digestion to turn the waste into renewable biogas. The process has been used since the 19th century to capture natural gases created when food waste breaks down. David Hartley, the managing director of the Wensleydale Creamery, said the project would bring sustainable environmental and economic benefits to the region.
Chevron USA Inc. announced Tuesday it has partnered with a Visalia-based company to help fund up to 18 dairy “digesters” that would harvest methane from cow manure in Kern, Kings and Tulare counties. The oil giant, under its deal with California Bioenergy LLC, also agreed to help find a market for the resulting biomethane, a renewable-energy greenhouse gas 84 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Part of the idea behind the two companies’ joint investment in a holding company named CalBioGas LLC is to sell the gas as a fuel for trucks, buses and other heavy-duty equipment.
Bright Biomethane opened its first North American office in response to growing business and increasing demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) solutions in North America. Bright Biomethane North America is working on the first five projects, which are being realized in the Northeast of the United States. Bright Biomethane North America office will lay the basis for future growth in this market together with strategic partner Martin Energy Group. The office is responsible to supply biogas upgrading systems with membrane separation technology for the refining of biogas from biomass to biomethane.
Greenlane Renewables Inc. (“Greenlane” or the “Company”) (TSXV: GRN) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has secured a new CDN $3.4 million-dollar biogas upgrading contract. Greenlane will provide its water-wash technology solution for a municipal wastewater treatment facility in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia, Canada. Work will begin immediately. Final commissioning is expected to be completed mid next year. The facility will produce clean Renewable Natural Gas (“RNG”) for injection into the gas distribution network owned and operated by FortisBC, the local gas utility.
Danish sensor manufacturer Unisense is launching a novel, inline hydrogen sulphide (H2S) sensor at the UK AD & World Biogas Expo in Birmingham enabling greatly cost-optimised desulphurisation processes in biogas operations. Despite being a critical part of biogas operations, desulphurisation is an often-overlooked optimisation parameter in biogas operations due to the difficulties involved with obtaining a full and meaningful picture of the presence and development of H2S over time. A foul-smelling, toxic and highly corrosive gas, H2S is unwanted in biogas operations and typically removed using a combination of desulphurisation techniques including iron (II) chloride (FeCl2) dosing, bio scrubbing, bio filters, activated carbon filters and membrane systems.
The potential for biogas and biomethane from Anaerobic Digestion to further cut carbon emissions from the transport network has been highlighted on Clean Air Day by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association. The potential for biogas and biomethane from Anaerobic Digestion (AD) to further cut carbon emissions from the transport network has been highlighted on Clean Air Day by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA). The organisation explained that biomethane-fuelled vehicles have dramatically reduced nitrogen-oxide emissions and fewer ozone promoters, aldehydes, and non-methane hydrocarbons than Euro VI diesel vehicles, as well as particulate-matter-free combustion.