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Waga Energy secures first WAGABOX landfill gas to RNG project in the US

France-headed landfill gas (LFG) to biomethane technology provider Waga Energy SA, has announced that it is joining forces with Steuben County, New York (NY), United States (US) on a renewable natural gas (RNG) project at the county’s Bath landfill. The Steuben County Bath landfill will be the first in the US to adopt Waga Energy’s WAGABOX landfill gas (LFG) to RNG technology.

Waga Energy SA is joining forces with Steuben County, New York (NY), United States (US) on a renewable natural gas (RNG) project at the county’s Bath landfill. The Steuben County Bath landfill will be the first in the US to adopt Waga Energy’s WAGABOX landfill gas (LFG) to RNG technology (photo courtesy WagaEnergy).

On December 30, 2021, Waga Energy signed a contract with Steuben County, NY for the development of an RNG project at a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill located in the town of Bath.

Waga Energy will build a landfill gas upgrading unit using its patented WAGABOX technology. Once completed, the unit will produce grid compliant biomethane (also known as renewable natural gas – RNG) from the methane generated by the decomposition of organic waste in the landfill.

The WAGABOX unit will be commissioned by March 2023. It will purify 1 000 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) or 1 600 Nm3 per hour of raw landfill gas (LFG) to deliver 207 000 mmBtu (60 GWh) of RNG annually.

The facility will produce RNG that can be used for residential consumption or as a transportation fuel, equivalent to supplying around 4 000 homes with clean, and local renewable energy, saving an estimated 13 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.

Selling RNG through a purchase agreement

Waga Energy will fund, build, operate and maintain the WAGABOX unit under a 20-year landfill gas supply contract with Steuben County. The entire facility will be built in North America, with the exception of one of the components of the cryogenic module that will be imported from France.

Waga Energy will generate revenues by selling RNG to a private off-taker through a purchase agreement (PA) similar to the power purchase agreements (PPAs) commonly used for renewable electricity projects. The revenue generated by the project will be shared with Steuben County.

Steuben County is home to approximately 99 000 residents, and its solid waste landfill in Bath is authorized to landfill 150 000 tonnes of waste per year.

In July 2020 the County issued a competitive request for proposals(RFP) for a landfill gas utilization project to collect and upgrade the gas which is currently flared.

Steuben County is thrilled to partner with Waga Energy in leveraging landfill gas in an environmentally conscious and economically advantageous project. Waga Energy has proven to be a highly innovative international firm and bringing this collaboration to fruition will benefit Steuben County and our region for many years to come, said Jack Wheeler, Steuben County Manager.

Novel technology

WAGABOX is a breakthrough technology for upgrading LFG into grid compliant RNG. A result of fifteen years of research and development, the technology combines membrane filtration and cryogenic distillation to separate methane from LFG.

Over the last five years, ten WAGABOX facilities have been commissioned in France. An additional eleven projects—eight in France, one in Spain, and two in Canada—are under construction. The Steuben County project is Waga Energy’s first project in the United States.

We are honored to have been selected by Steuben County to upgrade the methane from its Bath landfill. This first contract in the United States marks a major milestone to introduce our WAGABOX solution to the US market. We are eager for landfill operators in the United States to see how efficient our technology is, and how our hassle-free operating model can help small and medium-sized landfills generate additional revenues while taking concrete action against climate change, said Mathieu Lefebvre, Co-founder and CEO of Waga Energy.

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