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Leading the charge in anaerobic digestion…

Cornerstone/BioCNG and its parent company, Tetra Tech were recently mentioned in MSW Magazine as the leaders in the anaerobic digester project planning with an emphasis on RNG systems. Written by Daniel P. Duffy, “Waste In, Energy Out: The Costs and Benefits of Anaerobic Digesters”, the article focuses on the economic benefits of anaerobic digestion technology. In the article, Duffy focuses on two of Cornerstone’s RNG projects. Clean World Partners’ Sacramento South Area Transfer Station’s Organic Waste Recycling Center, in which Atlas Disposal trucks bring material to a food waste digester, then fill up their trucks with BioCNG vehicle fuel. As well as South San Francisco Scavenger Company’s (SSFSC’s) Blueline Transfer Station, which will use biogas from food and green waste to fuel SSFSC’s fleet of collection trucks.

Read more about the economic benefits of anaerobic digestion by following the link below.

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Mark Torresani with daughter Julia

Cornerstone’s BioCNG RNG expert, Mark Torresani proudly accepted an Energy Vision Leadership Award at the Ramscale Studio Penthouse in New York City on October 13th. Awards were given out to pioneers working to advance the Renewable Natural Gas industry in the US. They included Impact Bioenergy, AgEnergy USA and EDF Renewable Energy’s Heartland Biogas project, Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District along with BioCNG, LLC, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its Renewable Fuel Standard.

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BioCNG, LLC has joined the engineering-consulting firm Tetra Tech
We are very pleased to announce that BioCNG, LLC has joined the engineering-consulting firm Tetra Tech, Inc., which has the #1 solid waste practice and the #1 environmental management practice in the United States according to Engineering News Record 2014 rankings.
We are excited about the opportunities the merger gives us to provide existing and potential clients with even broader technical project execution capabilities for a wide variety of biofuel projects.
Tetra Tech shares the same commitment to technical excellence and service that BioCNG prides itself on providing to its clients. You can expect the same level of service, leadership, and commitment you have come to expect from BioCNG, and the same people leading and performing your projects, with the added resources and service offerings of Tetra Tech.

Biomass Magazine/January 29, 2015
Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish Solid Waste District anticipates completion of expansion to its landfill-gas-to-fuel operation in October of this year.  The decision to add capacity coincides with a fuel purchase contract that the district received from a waste hauler, who has agreed to purchase and consume most of the renewable natural gas (RNG) produced.
In connection with this contract, the plans are to install an alternate fueling site in Opelousas to make RNG available at a more convenient location, not only for the general public, but to public agencies, who have begun to use RNG as a fuel source for their fleets.  “Without a means to provide access to that fuel in a more convenient location, it’s difficult to attract users or consumers to a remote location where the fuel is generated,” said Katry Martin, executive director of the solid waste district. Click here for the full article

Slow fill CNG pumps (5)crop

City of Grand Junction Fueling Facility

Madison, WI – July 16, 2014 – BioCNG, LLC announced that it has been selected to design and build a BioCNG™ biogas conditioning system and gas pipeline for the Persigo wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), which is jointly owned by the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County, CO. The BioCNG system will produce about 500 gallons of gasoline equivalent per day from the WWTP digester gas, which will be piped about 6 miles to Grand Junction’s existing compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. BioCNG will be supported locally by River City Consultants and other local vendors and sub-contractors.

The BioCNG will be used as fuel for a fleet of buses owned by Grand Valley Transit (GVT) and fueled at the City of Grand Junction facility, as well as City refuse trucks, street sweepers, and general utility pickups. The City of Grand Junction and GVT continue to purchase additional CNG vehicles to increase the overall CNG fleet.

“We are excited about being able to produce our own fuel so we can have a better handle on what our fuel costs will be in the future,” said Rich Englehart, Grand Junction’s City Manager. “This project will help control the City’s potential fuel price escalation.”

BioCNG, LLC will engineer the system, obtain all necessary permits, manage the construction, and commission and start up the system. Future work may include investigation of an option to modify BioCNG system tail gas for use in the WWTP digester boiler, thereby saving on treatment plant operating costs.

Matt Davies, president of BioCNG, LLC, said, “I am very excited to have been selected by the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County to help them expand the use of CNG for their fleet.” There are currently five other BioCNG™ systems in operation around the United States, which vary from 250 to 500 gallons of gasoline equivalent (GGE) of CNG per day from about 50-100 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of biogas.

Farm to Fork to… Fuel?  Sacramento is at the forefront of the movement known as “closing the loop.”Food is grown locally, it feeds the community and then the organic food waste is converted into renewable energy — from farm to fork to fuel.  In south Sacramento, trash company Atlas Disposal diverts organic waste that would have gone into a landfill and uses it to produce renewable gas.  “When we first started, they thought we were a little crazy,” Atlas Refuel’s Andrea Stephenson said.  Food thrown in the trash eventually ends up at Atlas Refuel’s facility in south Sacramento and is turned into compressed natural gas, which powers certain trucks.  The conversion process is possible thanks to a contraption known as the biodigester, which was invented by a UC Davis scientist. Sacramento-based company Clean World commercialized it.

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December 3, 2013 BioCNG assisted with developing the alternative fuel system that conditions the digester gas and converts it to renewable CNG, which is being used by the City of Sacramento’s vehicle fleet, as well as Atlas Disposal’s waste hauling fleet. The project received the 2013 Energy Vision Leadership Award, announced by Energy Vision, a national non-profit organization that promotes clean, renewable, petroleum-free transportation fuels.
Richard A. Peluso, PE, Board Chairman for BioCNG, LLC, accepted the award on behalf of project developer CleanWorld, and project partners Atlas Disposal, and Clean Energy.
BioCNG assisted with developing the alternative fuel system that conditions the digester gas and converts it to renewable CNG, which is being used by the City of Sacramento’s vehicle fleet, as well as Atlas Disposal’s waste hauling fleet. The fuel is nearly identical to the fossil-based pipeline natural gas that the country has traditionally used. The refinement involves removal of CO2, siloxanes, and water, so what remains is 97-98 percent methane.
“I want to recognize and applaud all the partners and the City of Sacramento for the vision and investment needed to make this project a reality,” said Peluso. “The project has been called ‘farm to fork to fuel’ – which is a great way to express the growing understanding that our resources are precious and touch all aspects of society. We are especially proud that this is California’s first commercially available carbon-negative fuel.”
CleanWorld, a Sacramento-based company, built the groundbreaking anaerobic digestion technology system, which is the largest system of its kind in North America. Organic wastes from households, businesses, food processors, restaurants and commercial establishments are brought to the facility to decompose and generate methane biogases. The project also received the International Bioenergy Project of the Year award at the Renewable Energy World – Power Engineering Awards Gala, held in Orlando, Florida

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Zero Waste Energy LLC (ZWE), Lafayette, Calif., has announced the groundbreaking of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in South San Francisco, Calif., that will convert organic waste into compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost. The Blue Line Biogenic CNG facility will convert 11,200 tons per year (TPY) of food and green waste into more than 100,000 diesel equivalent gallons of CNG fuel, according to the company. ZWE says each collection vehicle will collect enough organic waste during just one route to fuel it for an entire day, creating a true closed loop system.
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Kudos to Riverview for Alternative Fuel System

City of Riverview, MI.
The Detroit Free press article and WDIV-TV4 segment discusses how the system converts methane from the landfill to natural gas that will be used to power city police cars and other municipal vehicles, significantly cutting fuel costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the fuel will be sold to other cities.

Turning garbage into gas-Riverview, Michigan converts its landfill methane into CNG to fuel vehicles
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New York, NY October 25, 2013 – Turning Waste into Vehicle Fuel: Renewable Natural Gas; A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, is a first-of-a-kind roadmap, funded in part by the Department of Energy Clean Cities program, laying out the many considerations that go into assessing the viability of local waste-to-fuel initiatives—from organizational, economic, technological, and government policy perspectives. Click here for the full guide

Hungry for fuel?
BioCNG’s work at CleanWorld’s Sacramento BioDigester at the Sacramento South Area Transfer Station, was highlighted in a recent issue of Renewable Energy from Waste online magazine.
Dennis Fenn, PE, senior vice president for BioCNG, LLC, was quoted in the article, Hungry for Fuel. He explained that the BioCNG™ alternative fuel system removes impurities and carbon dioxide from the food waste digester gas to produce a biogas of substantial quality to then be piped over into the fueling station, where it is compressed for CNG fuel. Click here for the full article

Chris Voell of BioCNG, LLC recently joined with other representatives of The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to push for tax policy changes to recognize the substantial environmental benefits of RNG and the opportunities that exist to use biogas for other than electricity production – especially vehicle fuel. On October 15, BioCNG, along with Coalition staff and representatives of Waste Management, Republic Services, and Landfill Energy Systems met with several Senate Finance Committee staffers including those from Senators Baucus(D-MT), Roberts(R-KS) and Menendez(D-NJ) offices. The purpose of these initial meetings were to educate staff on the environmental benefits of RNG, discuss the expansive market for this fuel source, and provide feedback on how tax policy changes could positively affect projects moving forward. Most past and existing federal renewable energy tax incentives (PTC, ITC, 1603B, Section 45) are tied to electricity production. Many in the RNG industry would like to see incentives based on the energy value of the biogas (mmbtu) rather than having the end use for the biogas dictated. This will allow more flexibility to choose the biogas use that market forces allow and create a more level playing field for biogas with other renewable resources. As many of BioCNG’s current and existing clients could benefit from a broader treatment of biogas in federal tax policy, we will continue to monitor and support efforts as this progresses.

City of Sacramento Names No. 1 Govt. Green Fleet
The City of Sacramento, Calif., was named the No. 1 Government Green Fleet at the Green Fleet Conference in Phoenix on Oct. 2. Keith Leech, fleet manager for the City, accepted the award at the conference.During his acceptance speech, Leech said a recent green fleet accomplishment at the City is the use of renewable compressed natural gas. “We now fuel our trucks with renewable fuels made from restaurant waste — hence the term farm to fork to fuel,” Leech said. “We’re pretty proud of that.” For the full article click here

September 13, 2013

Sacramento CBS Channel 13 reports that food once tossed in the trash is now powering cars in Sacramento.  A first-of-its-kind program is already showing benefits for the city of Sacramento.  It’s like a scene out of Back to the Future II, using food for fuel.  The future is officially in Sacramento as the city is the first in the nation to turn leftover into renewable natural gas.

 

 

September 7, 2013, Middletown, NY
Dane County Fleet expanding the County’s use of biogas

In Dane County, Wisconsin, a new BioCNG filling station located at the county’s Rodefeld Landfill is turning even more trash into Renewable Compressed Natural Gas. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the station is part of the county executive’s “CNG by 2023” effort to expand the county’s use of the cheaper, cleaner, homegrown fuel over the next 10 years.

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We’re flying high!
A recent issue of Delta Sky magazine mentions CleanWorld’s Sacramento BioDigester at the Sacramento South Area Transfer Station, in Sacramento, CA.
BioCNG, LLC, assisted with developing a BioCNG™ alternative fuel system that uses about 100 scfm of gas from the food waste digester to produce about 450 gallons of fuel per day. The fuel will be used in waste hauling trucks.
The magazine article lists the project as one of the ways Sacramento is aiming to be a hub for clean technology.

St. Landry Parish, LA Nationally Recognized for Powering Sheriff’s Department Vehicles With Biogas From Landfill

BioCNG, LLC wins 2012 Forward Fleet Award from Wisconsin Clean Cities for significant displacement of petroleum.

California Air Resources Board says CNG from landfill gas represents an 86 percent reduction in greenhouse gases. One of top 10 stories of 2012 in Beyond Waste, Edgar & Associates, Inc.

Gas composition analysis demonstrates that fuel produced by BioCNG, LLC is acceptable for use in compressed natural gas vehicles.

BioCNG projects highlighted in Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) The Solution to a Major Transportation Challenge, issued by CALSTART and Energy Vision.