Eight biogas projects received awards from the American Biogas Council (ABC) for their outstanding performance and contribution to the US biogas industry. The awards were announced at the sold-out Biogas Industry Awards and Dinner, at BioCycle REFOR19, the ABC's annual conference.
This year, five projects received 2019 Project of the Year designation in the categories: dairy, agriculture, merchant, municipal, and landfill. One project received the 2019 Longevity Award for over five years of continuous operation and one project won the 2019 Innovation of the Year award.
Also, due to an increased number of projects in development, one of ABC’s judges created a new category, the 2019 Up-And-Coming Biogas Project Award, of which there was one winner.
The award ceremony followed the announcement of ABC’s shortlist of outstanding finalist projects, all deserving of their own recognition.
These projects set the example for what excellent biogas projects and innovation look like. Together, we are breaking new ground in our rapidly growing industry which builds systems that recycle organics material into renewable energy and soil products, said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the ABC.
According to ABC, there are currently more than 2 200 operational biogas systems in the United States with the potential for at least 13 500 new systems to be built.
2019 Project of the Year (five categories)
Agriculture, Dairy – Calumet Renewable Energy, Newton, WI
ABC Members: DTE Biomass Energy, Roeslein Alternative Energy, DVO, Inc.
The Calumet Renewable Energy project awarded “for the use of an innovative business model to manage dairy RNG through a virtual pipeline.”
Agriculture, Other – Valley View, Greencastle, MO
ABC Members: Roeslein Alternative Energy
The Valley View project awarded “for the continued commitment of Roeslein and Smithfield to generate clean, green, renewable RNG from hog waste.”
Merchant – Kompogas San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA
ABC Members: Hitachi Zosen Inova
The Kompogas San Luis Obispo project awarded “for the deployment of advanced organic waste processing technology and a unique project financing strategy.”
Municipal – Honouliuli WWTP Biogas Upgrading with Hawaii Gas & DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Ewa Beach, HI
ABC Members: DMT Clear Gas Solutions
The Honouliuli WWTP Biogas Upgrading with Hawaii Gas & DMT Clear Gas Solutions project awarded “for the deployment of DMT Clear Gas Solutions’ advanced gas cleaning technology on municipal biogas to reduce the carbon footprint of the Honoliuli natural gas system, making it more renewable.”
Landfill – Dane County RNG Facility, Madison, WI
ABC Members: Dane County Department of Public Works, Highway, and Transportation
The Dane County RNG Facility awarded “for the deployment of innovative state-of-the-art cleaning technology to meet stringent RNG pipeline gas requirements.”
2019 Innovation of the Year
Renovar Arlington LTD – Landfill and Waste-Water Digester (WWTP) Gas Upgrading, Landenberg, PA
ABC Members: Air Liquide Advanced Business & Technologies
The Renovar Arlington LTD – Landfill and Waste-Water Digester (WWTP) Gas Upgrading project awarded “for an extremely innovative business model and deployment of leading-edge technology.”
2019 Longevity Award – 5+ Years of Continuous Operation
Jordan Dairy Farm, Rutland, MA
ABC Members: Vanguard Renewables
The Jordan Dairy Farm anaerobic digester has been continuously operational since April 2011.
2019 Up-And-Coming Biogas Project
Vanguard/Vermont Gas Project, Salisbury, VT
ABC Members: Vanguard Renewables
The Vanguard/Vermont Gas Project awarded “for creating an exciting partnership between a local gas utility, academic institution, farm, and investor, hopefully, to be repeated across the country.”