To help meet public demand for more renewable energy, FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) is now receiving carbon-neutral Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Lethbridge Biogas LP (Lethbridge Biogas). Following expansion of their facility to add a biogas upgrading system, Lethbridge Biogas signed an agreement to provide FortisBC with up to 350,000 gigajoules of RNG annually. This is FortisBC’s third source of RNG from outside of the province to date as the company continues to add new volumes of renewable gases and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This month, FortisBC is also celebrating a significant milestone in climate action in British Columbia (B.C.) – the 10th anniversary of its Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) program. FortisBC was the first utility in North America to offer RNG to its customers and the demand for RNG has grown substantially over the last decade.
On August 19, the ZooShare Biogas Cooperative, in partnership with the Toronto Zoo, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (Loblaw) and EnerFORGE announced that its most recent project has gone live. The ZooShare Biogas Project is the first of its kind in Canada and an example of the circular economy in action. It converts 2,000 tonnes of Zoo manure and 15,000 tonnes of food waste from grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses around the Greater Toronto Area into enough renewable power for approximately 250 homes while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as much as 20,000 tonnes per year. Additionally, after the incoming material has been processed it can be spread on nearby farm fields to support the growth of food the following season.
Hitachi Zosen Inova USA (HZIU) announced it has entered into an agreement with the Canadian technology company CHAR Technologies Ltd. to develop a test project to produce green hydrogen and biochar at HZIU’s San Luis Obispo, California biogas plant. The facility — commissioned in 2018 and built, owned and operated by HZIU — processes about 36,500 tons/year of organic waste, primarily food scraps and yard trimmings, into biogas using HZI’s Kompogas® dry fermentation process. Over 6 million kWh/year of electricity is generated. About 1,700 tons of liquid fertilizer and 18,000 tons of solid fermentation digestate are produced annually. Under the HZIU-CHAR agreement, CHAR’s high temperature pyrolysis system will process the digestate into 1,320 tons/year of green hydrogen, and 2,800 tons/year of biocarbon.