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Yearly Archives: 2013

Biogas as Transportation Fuel: A Strong Start


By Amanda Bilek | July 22, 2013

In my last Biomass Magazine column, I wrote about the enormous potential of biogas in meeting our transportation needs and as a component of a diverse fuel mix. New projects and data are demonstrating that biogas as a transportation fuel is no longer a vision, but a market reality. Under both the federal renewable fuel standard 2 (RFS2) and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, biogas is an emerging contributor to a diverse, low-carbon fuel mix.While  progress is encouraging, there is still a large amount of untapped potential, leaving plenty of room for expansion and opportunity for innovative project models.
Starting with the RFS2, the first several months of 2013 have been an impressive growth period for biogas transportation projects. According to U.S. EPA data, biogas has generated nearly 2.3 million gallons of advanced biofuels in the first five months. Nearly 70 percent of those gallons were produced in March, April and May. The total advanced biofuel pool was 194 million gallons, and while the 2.3 million gallons of biogas fuel represents a small portion, steady growth in March, April and May is definitely a positive sign. Furthermore, the majority of advanced biofuel gallons is attributed to imports of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol, whereas biogas gallons are supplied by domestic projects, representing an important economic development for many U.S. states. Previous analysis concludes the potential for using biogas as advanced biofuel is much larger than current use, demonstrating there is room for significant growth.
In California, under the LCFS program, biogas is already helping to achieve program goals and is projected to make an even larger contribution in the future. In 2009, California established a policy to reduce the carbon intensity of […]

Why Clean Biogas Is Delivered Through Our Natural Gas Pipelines



‘Biomethane Procurement’ – May 31, 2013
Garry (O’Neill) Mariscal – Renewable Energy Office – California Energy Commission

The natural gas pipeline is an efficient method to transport gas to large natural gas facilities or to offset residential natural gas use.

On-site and local demand for energy (transportation fuels, power, or heat) may not exist

Large natural gas facilities are more efficient than onsite facilities.

Exporting power can be infeasible due to uncertainties in the electrical interconnection process for small generators.

Economically feasible small-scale systems using biogas do not have a good track record for achieving air quality standards in severe non-attainment air districts.

Biogas Upgrading Market – 22% Growth Annually

The global biogas upgrading market is expected to reach $338.5 million by the year 2016 at the compounded annual growth rate of 22%. Europe is the largest contributor to the growth of this market and it is expected to hold the market value of $250.5 million in 2016 with CAGR of 22%.  The market for biogas generation is estimated to grow significantly due to its better efficiency as compared to other renewable energy resources.

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Production of biogas is cost effective as feed required for its production is easily available.  It generally requires municipal waste, biowaste, energy crops and agricultural waste.  Biogas is generated from microbial fermentation: anaerobic digestion. An anaerobic digester is at the heart of the equipment and its combination with a turbine or gas engine constitutes the whole power plant. Desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, demand for renewable energy and transportation fuel, volatile fertilizer prices and strict regulations from government for landfill diversion are some of the important factors driving the growth of biogas plant construction and its upgradation.

Market Segmentation

Based on Technology
Water Scrubbers
Pressure Swing Adsorption Systems
Physical Absorption
Chemical Absorption Units
Membrane Systems Units
Based on Cryogenic Technology.

This research report analyzes this market based on its market segments and major geographies. Geographies analyzed under this research study are North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World.

This report also provides analysis of technological improvements in this industry, Porter’s five force model analysis, and complete company profiles of top market players. It provides review of micro and macro factors significant for existing market players and new entrants

Major Players

Some of the key players dominating this market are Acrona Systems, Air Liquide, Carbotech, Cirmac, DGE GmbH, DMT Environmental […]

CalRecycle Presents Draft Waste Management Sector Plan

The CalRecycle Waste Sector Plan proposed goals are to achieve the AB341 75% recycling goal and associated 20 to 30 MMT of CO2e reduction by 2020.  California disposes an estimated 37 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which roughly 30 percent – more than 10 million tons per year – are suitable for anaerobic digestion and composting to recover methane and regenerate soil health.
Organics processing capacity is needed, according to the plan.  Anaerobic digestion and composting  of organic waste will result in landfill greenhouse gas reductions, renewable energy production, renewable fuel production, and new job creation.  For more information, go to:

RealEnergy receives Energy Partner Award from EPA Administrator Whitman

RealEnergy receives Energy Partner Award from EPA Administrator Whitman