September 18th Issue of Greenlane Digest
IN THE NEWS
Greenlane (TSXV:GRN) is a pioneer in the rapidly emerging renewable natural gas (RNG) market. We work with waste producers, gas utilities, and project developers to turn low-value biogas into a valuable low-carbon clean energy resource.
Greenlane is a pure play in the RNG space, offering multiple core biogas upgrading technologies, in use and proven in the industry today. Biogas upgrading sales are forecasted by industry to grow at minimum 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years in North America and Europe. Our demonstrated leadership in biogas upgrading, scope and breadth of product offerings, and 30+ years’ industry experience are fierce competitive advantages.
Today, we are a trusted partner globally and are ranked number one in installed capacity, having delivered more than 100+ biogas upgrading installations in 18 countries and counting. We’ve learned a lot along the way. First to market in 11 of the 18 countries where our systems operate, we’re also proud to have supplied the systems for the largest RNG production facilities in North America and Europe, respectively.
Through the Greenlane Digest, our goal is to provide weekly updates and the latest articles on the RNG industry. Make sure you forward our newsletter to your contacts!
The European Biogas Association’s “Green Gas for a Green Deal” virtual conference highlighted the key role that biogas and biomethane will play in a low carbon energy transition. The European Union’s Green Deal, announced earlier this year, provides a great opportunity to scale up the production of biomethane, help the development of rural economies, and drive an efficient circular economy.
While the ultimate goal for the heavy-duty transportation sector is to electrify, the technology is still in early days and pre-commercial. Today, RNG is a cost-effective and low-emission fuel solution for heavy-duty truck fleets and public buses, as over 50,000 trucks and buses are currently configured to burn natural gas as a fuel. While RNG is not a fuel that should replace the electrification movement, it is the best option today for reducing GHG emissions from organic waste streams and decarbonizing commercial and public transportation.
In Iowa, a German bioenergy company is preparing to produce RNG and corn ethanol from a shuttered ethanol plant in Iowa. An anaerobic digester will be built on the site to convert corn stover (the remains of the corn plant after removing the kernels) into ethanol and RNG. According to the operator, this will be the first facility in the United States to produce both ethanol and RNG.
The entire west coast of the United States now has detailed decarbonization targets as Washington joins California and Oregon in the energy transition. Under the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), the state’s electric utilities are mandated to transition to renewable, non-emitting resources over the next 25 years. While the state legislature has not taken any recent action with respect to RNG, the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is in the process of developing an RNG policy statement. Currently, gas utilities can blend RNG into the natural gas stream, and they are required to develop an RNG program that will allow customers to voluntarily replace fossil natural gas with RNG.
And from the automotive world, Audi is adding a new member to its lineup of A3 compacts – the A3 Sportback 30 g-tron natural gas vehicle. Designed to burn natural gas or biomethane, the new Audi model is economical and more climate-friendly with low emissions. Available in Europe this fall, the new A3 will be a leader when it comes to economy as it can take advantage of favorable tax rates in Germany on natural gas and biomethane, and will emit 20 percent less CO2 than a comparable gasoline model. Germany currently has 850 CNG refueling stations, with more than half of them offering biomethane, or RNG.
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