The winter weather is keeping DLS Biogas busy. The company, based in Komoka, Ontario, is currently building two new systems, but is also helping a number of operators, with a variety of systems work out issues related to extreme cold, when close monitoring is required to help avoid freezing and when maintaining proper pressure levels is critical. The company prides itself on its simple system, which works well in challenging winter temperatures, and has the ability to accept a range of different feedstocks.
“We partnered with Sauter Biogas GmbH who has developed the Spray Mix System and licensed the technology for North America,” explains Mike van Logtenstein of DLS Biogas. “Our system allows a higher solids feeding rate than other systems available today, which gives operators flexibility in the feedstock they accept. And it’s simpler – with one pump for the whole system. Our systems are cost effective, low maintenance, simple, and practical.” He argues that systems with complex mechanical feeding and mixing require a lot of energy to operate and substantial maintenance and system down time.
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The Biogas Association is looking for fleet managers interested in considering RNG as a vehicle fuel. Many fleet managers are considering compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to reduce costs and environmental impacts. Using RNG for a portion of the fuel further improves fleet environmental performance. The Biogas Association’s RNG as Vehicle Fuel project is assisting Ontario RNG project developers, and is helping create a market for RNG as a vehicle fuel. See the project overview for more information.
Environment Canada has engaged the Biogas Association to design a questionnaire that will be used to collect activity data on energy production, animal waste, off-farm co-digestion products used in digesters, and agricultural parameters that impact air emissions. The work is being performed in the context of the development of a national model to quantify the potential reduction of air pollutants from agricultural anaerobic digestion used for biogas production.
Currently, many types of organic material can be sent to landfill at very low cost, with no restrictions, contributing to the lack of available feedstock for anaerobic digestion. Due to the shortage of feedstock for AD, the Biogas Association is developing an Organic Materials Primer for Biogas, with funding support from Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
Ontario’s updated Long-Term Energy Plan, Achieving Balance, was released in December, 2013. The plan encourages conservation and provides the clean, reliable and affordable energy Ontario will need now and into the future. It balances five principles that will guide future decisions: cost effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement, and an emphasis on conservation and demand management before building new generation.
In December, 2013, FortisBC received regulatory approval for a permanent RNG program. Its initial program, which offered homeowners 10% of their natural gas as renewable natural gas, for about $5 per month, has been extended as a permanent program. There are two projects currently supplying homes and businesses in BC with RNG: a farm in Abbotsford, using manure from its own operations and neighbouring farms; and a landfill in Salmon Arm.
Detailed amendments have been posted to the Nutrient Management Regulation. Access to the amended regulation can be found at e-laws via this link.
A key feature is that facilities can now treat up to 50 per cent off-farm materials under the Regulated Mixed Anaerobic Digestion Facility (RMADF) program. Members can access additional details on the changes in the November Newsletter.More News
Check out the impressive line-up of speakers at the Biogas Association’s 2014 Building Biogas Knowledge Workshop and Tours. View the complete agenda and speakers, including two streams of workshops. The comprehensive, new program this year is the must-attend event for potential biogas developers, and will help operators with existing systems that are striving to learn more and optimize their systems. The workshops are on April 3rd at the Guelph Holiday Inn, and the tours are April 4th at the following farms in the Guelph area: Greenholm, Clovermead, Koskamp, and Delft Blue Veal.
This event is in both English and French, and includes content related to renewable energy and transportation. The agenda includes a presentation on the Biogas Association’s Canadian Biogas Study.
Many highly regarded experts and leaders in the bioeconomy field will participate in this program, which will explore where are the markets, how to realize these markets, technologies required and available, new research underway, policy drivers, financing challenges and strategies, and benefits of the bioeconomy. Click here to view the program. Click here to register.