A promising new partnership demonstrates how dairy farms can realize the many benefits of capturing and selling biomethane as fuel.
Quantum Fuel Systems just announced that Quantitative BioSciences, Inc. is partnering with and purchasing the company’s newest 10-foot Virtual Pipeline trailers to be used in a California dairy biogas project.
Quantitative BioSciences, Inc., with funding from the California Energy Commission, has partnered with the family owned and operated Fiscalini Cheese Company in Modesto, California, to develop a biofuels production facility that will purify and compress the biomethane from anaerobic digesters into vehicle fuel.
Adding to the environmental benefits of the project, simple raceway algae ponds will be used to clean the farm’s wastewater, consume the carbon dioxide from the biogas, and grow renewable algae biomass to supplement the feed for the farm’s cows.
“We are excited to provide a way for captured biomethane to be easily stored and transported,” said Mark Arold, president of Quantum Fuel Systems. “There is an abundance of dairy waste producing biomethane on farms all over the country. As more farms realize the benefits of capturing and selling this gas as fuel, our trailers will help bring more Renewable Natural Gas to market”.
The goal of the project is to make 450 DGEs of CNG per day and to demonstrate that algae can help a farm extract the maximum value from its waste by converting it to both fuel and feed.
The goal of the project is to make 450 DGEs of CNG per day and to demonstrate that algae can help a farm extract the maximum value from its waste.
“We are going to be producing enough fuel for 10-20 trucks per day, and we were looking for a way to get this fuel to a local CNG fleet via a virtual pipeline. Quantum’s trailers provided the perfect solution,” commented Natalie Cookson, CEO of QBI.
“As California faces increasing strains on both our finite energy resources and limited water supplies, we are hoping to demonstrate ways in which a farm can maximize its resources and become increasingly self-sufficient. Our forward-thinking partners at Fiscalini Cheese Company are very excited to serve as the demonstration site for this ‘farm of the future’ concept.”
Stop by Booth #912 to learn more about this project and how Quantum Fuel Systems can support your alternative fuel needs.