Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Reveals Benefits of and Prospects for Bio Refinery Expansion

Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Reveals Benefits of and Prospects for Bio Refinery Expansion

With increasing support from federal agencies and favorable regulations, the bio-products industry and communities can gain multifaceted value from increased application of Team Gemini technologies.

Conditions for the proliferation of bio refinery technologies are becoming more favorable. Effective waste management not only protects industries from penalties, fines, and increasing costs of operation, but it also allows communities and businesses to increase their revenue-generation capacity. Turning waste into a variety of fuel resources, not to mention energy, offers the ideal implementation of a Triple Bottom Line. And, according to a roadmap maintained by government agencies, there is plenty room for growth around the country.

In the summer of 2014, the USDA released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap. The release of this roadmap marked the first time that federal agencies made a public commitment to coordinate biogas activities and outline objectives aimed at increasing the deployment of biogas systems across the U.S.

According to the 2014 Biogas Opportunities Roadmap, there are more than 2,000 U.S. sites that produce biogas, but there are at least an additional 11,000 sites that could support biogas systems.

Biogas generation saw explosive growth in 2015 under the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). In July 2014, the EPA revised program rules to allow biogas generation from wastewater treatment facilities, landfills and agricultural producers to qualify as cellulosic fuel when raw biogas is cleaned and upgraded for use as a transportation fuel. From January to November, over 112 million gallons of cellulosic fuel were reported to the EPA, and 98 percent of the gallons were from renewable compressed and liquefied natural gas.

The transportation fuel market offers an attractive biogas utilization pathway for producers. Under the RFS, program producers can sell biogas-based fuel credits for a premium—north of $1 per gallon. Eligible biogas producers are also able to stack RFS renewable fuel credits with compliance credits under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard program.

At its most basic, Team Gemini implements a combination of Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Anaerobic Digestion, and Water Treatment setups to create an all-encompassing solution to environmental and energy issues—a suitable combination of these technologies creates renewable electricity and thermal energy; eliminates air, water and ground pollution; and protects communities from harmful consequences of increasing waste generation. Combining these with other technologies from Team Gemini’s Bio Refinery range of solutions, and other resources can be created such as the aforementioned biofuels, high- and persistent-quality compost and fertilizer, and more.

Supporting and developing a closed-loop, 100%-sustainable infrastructure is among Team Gemini’s primary endeavors. Many technologies ultimately contribute to this goal, including protecting and treating valuable water resources and implementing sustainable agriculture.

In an effort to make more communities sustainable, Team Gemini works closely with commodity-intensive industries, municipalities, and other stakeholders to implement viable technology configurations that result in economic and other benefits. A closed-loop system allows businesses to minimize their operating costs and maximize their potential revenue streams, depending on which technologies they choose.

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