Renewable fuels supply company OPAL Fuels has completed the ramp-up period of the first landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Florida.
The facility, sited at the New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA) municipal solid waste landfill in Raiford, converts biogas produced by the decomposition of organic material into RNG, a low-carbon fuel that can be used to replace fossil fuels, such as diesel.
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The New-York based company says the RNG will be used to feed transportation customers at its fueling stations through the Peoples Gas distribution system, which serves over 445,000 homes and businesses across Florida.
The facility has a capacity of 2,500 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill gas, which is expected to produce around 5 million gasoline gallon equivalent per year of RNG, equivalent to achieving zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from more than 380 heavy-duty trucks.
The process of refining the biogas also results in significant reductions in local emissions, including decreases of 90% in carbon monoxide, 95% in carbon dioxide, 98% in sulfur oxide, and 90% nitrogen oxide emissions.
“Through our vertical integration model, from production through distribution, OPAL Fuels is committed to providing our customers with cost effective, reliable transportation fuel that results in zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions,” said Adam Comora, Co-CEO of OPAL Fuels. “Working together with NRSWA, this facility produces new revenue streams, new jobs for the county, and provides cost savings for our customers.”
Perry Kent, Executive Director, NRSWA, said, “This is the first project in Florida to convert gas from a municipal solid waste landfill to RNG and we are happy we have been able to lead the way. This project is one more step toward New River becoming a fully sustainable solid waste treatment facility.”
The NRSWA municipal solid waste landfill is a publicly owned waste facility formed as an association of three member Florida counties: Bradford, Baker, and Union Counties. The association also accepts contracted waste from out-of-region locations.
Peoples Gas is a subsidiary of Emera, an electric power generation, transmission and distribution company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.