U.S. Gain® announced its renewable natural gas supply will be used as a feedstock into hydrogen production, enabling a greener fueling solution for the California transportation market. Hydrogen producers are quickly learning the importance of feedstock selection in the production process, especially when the hydrogen is distributed in regions with established clean fuel programs.
Leveraging biomethane in the hydrogen production process can dramatically impact the hydrogen’s carbon intensity (CI) score. A lower CI score translates to improved environmental benefits and additional economic value. For hydrogen producers, the best low-carbon scenario comes from dairy-based biomethane, which results in a CI score as low as -300.
“The opportunity to supply renewable natural gas into hydrogen production was a natural fit for U.S. Gain’s growth strategy,” said Mike Koel, President of U.S. Gain. “Our job as a vertically-integrated renewable natural gas provider is to leverage insight on both ends of the energy supply chain – determining the best development and supply opportunities. Hydrogen is a long-term strategy that enables our existing supply to perform well in future markets.”
Though hydrogen is emerging in terms of technology readiness and infrastructure availability within the commercial transportation market, demand is certainly increasing thanks to government funding and policy, along with technology advancements that give hydrogen diesel-like performance characteristics.
“Being able to keep CI scores low while maintaining fleet performance offers sustainability benefits and a compelling value proposition that is hard to ignore,” commented Scott Hanstedt, Director of Sales at U.S. Gain. “As a polyfuel provider we’re working with fleets to evaluate where hydrogen makes sense along their fueling routes and look forward to building out their fueling infrastructure network, supplied with renewable natural gas-based hydrogen.”
Source: U.S. Gain