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  • Clean Energy & Fair Oaks Dairy Affiliate to Build & Operate New CNG Fueling Station

    SEAL BEACH, CA - Renewable Dairy Fuels, an affiliate of major Indiana milk producer Fair Oaks Dairy, has contracted with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to build and operate a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station (Fair Oaks Station) that will dispense CNG fuel to power the initial fleet of 42 CNG milk-hauling trucks that the dairy plans to deploy later this year.

    The Renewable Dairy Fuels CNG trucks will transport milk to processing plants owned by Kroger Co. in Indianapolis; Murphysboro, Tenn., and Winchester, Ky.

    Set to open in the fall of 2011, the Fair Oaks Station will also have public access and will be located near the dairy farm adjacent to Interstate 65 in Fair Oaks, Ind. - about 70 miles south of Chicago. The Fair Oaks Station will supply the Fair Oaks CNG milk-hauling truck fleet, as well as other CNG vehicles operating in the area. A second CNG station is planned for late 2011 in Southern Indiana adjacent to the Kentucky border along Interstate 65.

    Renewable Dairy Fuels also plans to produce biomethane from dairy cattle waste and pipe the biogas directly to the Fair Oaks Station for onsite conversion to CNG vehicle fuel. The biogas will be made available for vehicle fuel use once the conditioning facility for the biogas is completed, which is anticipated within 12 to 18 months.

    The dairy's CNG truck fleet will transport 53 loads of milk per day, which equates to 7.5 million gallons a month or 90 million gallons of milk per year. The trucks will replace diesel-powered models, and are projected to use more than 1.5 million diesel gallon equivalents of CNG per year.

    James Harger, chief marketing officer, Clean Energy, said, "Fair Oaks Dairy is a leading proponent of sustainable farming practices and their use of natural gas and renewable biogas to power natural gas trucks is a model that can be replicated by dairy operations throughout America. We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Fair Oaks as they move to control fuel costs in a volatile energy environment, reduce dependence on foreign oil and curb the global warming impact of their fleet operations."

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    Cliff Gladstein for ACTNews Jan 19, 2018 - California s largest single source of fugitive methane, a powerful greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 28 to 36 times higher than carbon dioxide, is the state s dairies. In another example, uncontrolled decomposition of food and green waste in landfills leads to heavy production of methane gas, of which 34-51 percent escapes the typical landfill capture system. With proper collection, however, and refinement through anaerobic digestion, the energy-rich gases seeping from our waste management systems can be processed into renewable replacements for diesel and other fuels.

    California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Dairy Digester Research and Development Program will allocate between $61 to $75 million for the installation of digester projects in the state:


    • #3
      The anaerobic digester that is the subject of this case study was installed in 2008. AmpCNG buys cleaned, upgraded biogas from this Fair Oaks Farms anaerobic digester and upgrading plant, and dispenses it as R-CNG from the fueling station it owns and operates at Fair Oaks.

      Another, smaller anaerobic digester has been operating at Fair Oaks Dairy since 2003. The original, smaller digester is a vertical plug-flow system that processes manure from about 3,000 cows daily, and uses the gas to drive two 350-kW generators. Mike McCloskey, a Fair Oaks Dairy founder, is a veterinarian by training who, after establishing a successful operation in New Mexico, moved to Indiana with ideas about changing the largely negative perception of large-scale agriculture at the time—which included opening the operation to the public in 2004—and “dreams” of a zero-carbon dairy.


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        In May 2011, Sacramento County issued a request for proposals (RFP) to re-develop, specifically via public-private partnership, a then underutilized public asset—the South Area Transfer Station (SATS)—into a facility that would produce green energy and/or fuel from residential and/or commercial solid waste or from organic wastes such as green waste or food waste. CleanWorld Partners, a Sacramento clean technology startup, contacted Atlas Disposal, a Sacramento-region waste company, about submitting a joint response to the RFP. Atlas would become the lead respondent on the joint proposal.

        CleanWorld looked to Atlas as a partner specifically because the waste company s 4,000-plus commercial customers included local restaurants already separating their food waste—the primary feedstock for anaerobic digestion—for a composting program led by the local non-profit Green Restaurant Alliance of Sacramento.

        The Atlas-CleanWorld joint RFP response proposed transforming the SATS into an organics conversion site, where commercial organic waste would be turned into ultra-low-carbon R-CNG through the construction of an anaerobic digester; a biogas upgrading system; and a fast-fill public CNG fueling station.

        The partnership helped them create a closed-loop system—dubbed farm-to-fork-to-fuel—in which waste collected by Atlas (and later other haulers as well) is converted into the fuel that powers the Atlas collection trucks, as well as other public and private natural gas vehicles operating in the region. In late 2012, Atlas created a separate entity for the fueling station and branded it Atlas ReFuel.

        The digester tank now has the capacity to process 100 tons/day of organic waste (40,000 tons/year), making the facility one of the largest commercial high-solids food waste digesters in the United States, and the first to create R-CNG vehicle fuel via anaerobic digestion of food waste.



        • #5
          April 23, 2018 Transport Topics - The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, based in Sacramento CA, released a new map and project database of renewable natural gas production facilities in North America showing 76 operational RNG facilities representing 85 percent growth from the 41 projects that were built between 1982 and 2014.



          • #6
            Betsy Lillian for NGTNews April 17 2018 - A bill that would establish an RNG procurement program for natural gas utilities for projects that use food waste, agricultural waste, landfill gas and wastewater resources has been introduced in California.

            S.B.1440 will allow the development and financing of a significant number of biomethane projects needed by California to both dispose of and convert organic waste streams that are now required by law to be diverted from sanitary landfills, says Evan Williams, president of California-based Cambrian Energy.



            • #7
              DVO Inc. Jan 13 2020 - DVO announces commissioning of Indiana biogas project

              DVO Inc. recently announced the commissioning of its newest Two-Stage Linear Vortex digester at Prairies Edge Dairy Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana, replacing the prominent dairy’s outdated CSTR/complete-mix digester and combining its biogas with that generated by the original DVO digester installed in 2008.

              “Given the same inputs, our newest DVO digester produces more biogas than our old [upright tanks/complete-mix] digester ever made on a good day, by at least 25 percent,” says Carl Ramsey, Prairies Edge operations manager

              The new digester adds 30 percent capacity to Amp Americas - Renewable Dairy Fuels' (RDF) original Fair Oaks CNG installation, already noted for achieving the lowest carbon intensity (CI) score to-date for an operating dairy biogas-to-CNG installation by the California Air Resources Board. A good CI score is crucial in determining the value of the credits created for the California LCFS program, aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels.