‘Turning Our Waste Into a Clean Fuel Solution Is a Winning Strategy’
New York City-based Energy Vision has released a comprehensive guide aimed helping communities turn organic waste materials into viable vehicle fuels.
The organization describes Turning Waste into Vehicle Fuel: Renewable Natural Gas; A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities as a first-of-a-kind roadmap.
‘Practical, Easy-to-Understand Guidance’
The project, funded in part by the Department of Energy Clean Cities program, lays out the many considerations that go into assessing the viability of local waste-to-fuel initiatives – covering organizational, economic, technological, and government policy perspectives.
“Cities, communities, agricultural operations and other generators of organic waste, large and small, now have access to practical, easy-to-understand guidance in exploring the prospects for using what they have long considered just an expensive waste burden to make a low-carbon, locally-produced and fully sustainable vehicle fuel,” Energy Vision president Joanna Underwood says in a release.
“While no two projects are quite the same, the steps for assessing the possibilities remain unchanged.
“Turning our waste into a clean fuel solution is a winning strategy, and one that many can now consider with the help of our Guide,” Underwood said.
‘Enough to Power Every Urban Refuse Truck and Bus Fleet’
The 72-page report lays out six steps that cities, communities and other owners and generators of waste can take to assess the potential for producing renewable natural gas.
“Existing technologies,” states a summary, “can remove impurities to create renewable natural gas for local fleets of buses, trucks, and cars.
“This fuel can displace up to 25% or more of all the diesel fuel used today… enough to power every urban refuse truck and bus fleet in the country.”
For almost all such fleets, the summary notes, “sophisticated natural gas engines are now a commercial choice.”
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Source: Energy Vision with Fleets & Fuels follow-up