Greenlane Is Supporting a New Digester in Southern California
With an Initial Production Target of One Million DGEs Per Year:
State’s First for ‘Pipeline-Quality RNG from Organics Recycling’
CR&R Waste & Recycling expects by this coming fourth quarter to be producing organic refuse-derived biomethane to fuel its natural gas truck fleet. UK-based Greenlane Biogas is providing engineering services to upgrade product from a new anaerobic digester in Perris, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. Initial annual output is pegged at about a million diesel gallon equivalents.
CR&R, based in Orange County, Calif., currently uses Redeem brand biomethane from Clean Energy Fuels to fill compressed natural gas trucks at Garden Grove and Perris. The company has an LNG fueling facility in San Juan Capistrano.
CR&R operates some 900 trucks, mostly Autocar and Peterbilt vehicles, and added 50 natural gas units this year, for a total of approximately 350. The 1,500-employee firm serves about 3 million customers through some 50 municipal contracts.
Greenlane Helping Meet Pipeline ‘Rule 30’
The RNG/renewable natural gas facility initially will be able convert biogas produced from the anaerobic digestion of 80,000 tons annually of municipal organic waste into one million DGEs, Greenlane says.
“We will be the first in California to produce and supply pipeline quality RNG from organics recycling,” CR&R project manager Mike Silva says in a Greenlane release.
Excess will go into the pipeline grid: “Greenlane’s scope of work will involve detailing a design solution to enable the RNG produced at the facility to meet the stringent Rule 30 requirements for injection into California pipelines,” Greenlane says.
CEC and AQMD Support
Greenlane says it has already provided a “Totara” biogas upgrading system for the CR&R facility, which it says is being developed in four phases: “Subsequent phases will see the facility expand to process over 300,000 tons annually of organic waste to produce RNG for both vehicle fuel and pipeline injection” – about 3.75 million DGEs per year.
The CR&R project is supported by $4.5 million from the California Energy Commission. The South Coast Air Quality Management District has contributed $500,000 and is expected to ante another $900,000.
CR&R Likely to Test ‘Near-Zero’ ISL G from Cummins Westport
In addition, CR&R expects to be one of the initial test fleets for the new “Near-Zero” version of the 8.9-liter ISL G engine from Cummins Westport, which was certified in California this month at just 0.02 grams per brake horsepower of NOx (F&F, September 17).
Greenlane Biogas says it has installed more than 90 RNG systems in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
The CR&R project comes as the U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture have kicked off a national food waste reduction program, aiming for a 50% reduction by 2030.
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Source: Greenlane Biogas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up