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February 29, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Orgaworld Upgrading Facility to Support Progressive Waste CNG Vehicles

Greenlane Biogas said today that it’s providing a biogas-to-biomethane upgrading system and a carbon dioxide recovery unit to Orgaworld Canada for the organic biofuel facility operated by the City of Surrey, immediately southeast of Vancouver.

The new waste-to-biofuel facility in Surrey, B.C.

The new waste-to-biofuel facility in Surrey, B.C.

The Orgaworld facility is currently under construction, Greenlane reports. It be able to process as much as 115,000 tons of organic waste – from the city’s curbside collection program and commercial waste from the region – per year. The waste will be converted to biogas via anaerobic digestion and upgraded to RNG/renewable natural gas with a methane purity of better than 97%.

“The RNG will be used to fuel the city’s fleet of natural gas waste collection and operations service vehicles, and supply the city-owned district energy system to heat and cool public and privately owned buildings in the City Centre community,” Greenlane says.

Water-Wash and PSA Technology

Greenlane will employ a combination of water-wash (aka water-scrubber) and pressure swing adsorption technology at the Surrey facility. The PSA technology was acquired via an agreement with Portugal’s Sysadvance last year.

Greenlane also has membrane technology, to be detailed in the coming months, for upgrading biogas to pipeline- and engine-quality biomethane.

With 77 trucks based in Coquitlam, B.C., Progressive Waste Solutions claims the largest fleet of natural gas powered waste and recycling collection vehicles in Canada.

Progressive Waste Solutions now has 110 CNG-fueled refuse trucks based in Coquitlam, B.C.


Surrey has a compressed natural gas fueling facility, owned by the utility FortisBC and operated by Progressive Waste Solutions in support of 110 Progressive CNG trucks – up from a previously deployed 77 (F&F, December 8, 2014).

‘Proven Experience, Local support’

“After reviewing various technology options for this project, we selected Greenlane Biogas for their proven experience, local support and technology solution,” Nigel Catling, capital infrastructure director for Orgaworld Canada parent Shanks Group, says in this morning’s Greenlane release.

“Greenlane has previously completed two projects locally in Abbotsford and Delta, proving their technology works and the renewable natural gas produced from their systems meets the FortisBC specification,” Catling said.

The Surrey facility “will be the first closed-loop integrated organics waste management system in Canada,” said Greenlane Biogas North America managing director Brent Jaklin.

‘A Great Showcase for Other Cities’

“This facility will allow the City to recycle all the organic waste its residents produce by diverting the organic waste from landfills, and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere,” Jaklin said.

“We believe this project will be a great showcase for other cities looking for an economical and environmentally sustainable solution to manage waste.”

Greenlane Biogas is also supporting a biomethane project for pipeline-grade RNG/renewable natural gas supporting CNG trucks operated by CR&R Waste & Recycling in Perris, Calif. (F&F, September 21, 2015).

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Source: Greenlane Biogas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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