Sheriff’s Department Benefits from Award-Winning Project
More than a dozen dedicated-compressed natural gas and bi-fuel CNG-gasoline vehicles are powered by landfill gas-based biomethane in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette, La. There, the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District has just won the LMOP 2012 Project of the Year award from the U.S. EPA (LMOP stands for Landfill Methane Outreach Program).
Wisconsin-based BioCNG, LLC has installed capacity for some 250 gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG at the site, based on 55% to 58% methane landfill gas. The cost is said to be about half that of gasoline.
“We evaluated all the potential beneficial uses for the landfill gas collected at the St. Landry Parish Landfill and determined that the biogas-to-vehicle fuel project was the most economical alternative,” executive director Katry Martin said in a release. “We are extremely pleased that the efforts of the District and its partners have been recognized.”
More Fleets May Join In
As part of the project, the Sheriff’s Department committed to converting twelve of its vehicles to bi-fuel capability, and added a passenger van fueled solely on CNG. The landfill itself has three bi-fuel and two dedicated-CNG pickups, Martin told F&F.
The vehicles now operating use only about half the fuel that BioCNG can produce, he says, so other area fleets may well get on board.
Vehicles were converted by New Iberia, La.-based Control Tech LLC using mostly Impco kits. The upfitter has also worked with Landi Renzo and NatGasCar equipment, says Control Tech’s Tim Parich.
Besides BioCNG, partners for the landfill gas project, which began in 2011, include GT Environmental Finance, Aucoin and Associates, and Franklin and Associates. Unison Solutions, Inc. manufactured the BioCNG unit, which began operating in March 2012 (F&F, April 23).
BioCNG also participated in the team that received a 2011 LMOP Project of the Year Award for Dane County, Wisconsin’s Rodefeld Landfill BioCNG vehicle fuel project.
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Source: St. Landry Parish-BioCNG release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up