bp and Aria Energy announced a project to capture methane from waste at three California dairy farms and process it into renewable natural gas, which will then be supplied as fuel for the U.S. transportation sector. Digesters will be installed at three dairy farms in California’s Central Valley, producing biogas from farm waste rather than allowing it to decompose and release methane into the atmosphere.
Agriculture accounts for nearly 10% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, thus capturing methane from farm waste can lower these emissions. In addition, biomethane-fueled vehicles are estimated to result in up to 95% lower emissions than those powered by gasoline or diesel on a lifecycle basis, according to a U.S. Department of Energy study.
The project, called RNG Moovers, combines the expertise of three companies:
• Aria Energy providing expertise in capturing biogas released from organic waste and refining it to remove contaminants and increasing its heat content, resulting in renewable natural gas.
• Aligned Digesters contributing proven experience constructing and operating digesters along with decades-long relationships with nationwide dairy owners.
• bp delivering the biomethane to the transportation sector through a 20-year offtake agreement executed by its low carbon trading business.
“This is a great opportunity to expand our renewable natural gas business and help meet the growing demand for natural gas vehicle fuel. Renewable natural gas can play an important role in decarbonizing the transportation sector and helping bp and the world get to net zero emissions,” said Sean Reavis, senior vice president, bp low carbon and trading.
Richard DiGia, president and CEO of Aria Energy, also commented: “Our company is committed to converting low carbon fuel sources into clean, useful energy for vehicles, homes and businesses. These projects would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of partners like bp.”