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Waste-to-Fuel: A Case Study of Converting Food Waste to Renewable Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel

TitleWaste-to-Fuel: A Case Study of Converting Food Waste to Renewable Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsTomich, M, Mintz, M
Document NumberANL/ESD-17/9
Date Published08/2017
InstitutionArgonne National Laboratory
CityLemont, IL USA
Report NumberANL/ESD-17/9
Abstract

This case study explores the production and use of renewable compressed natural gas (R-CNG)—derived from the anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic waste—to fuel heavy-duty refuse trucks and other natural gas vehicles in Sacramento, California. Like fossil compressed natural gas (CNG), waste-derived renewable CNG enables fleets to save on fuel costs, operate more quietly, and emit fewer greenhouse gases (GHG) and pollutants. In addition, by diverting organic waste from landfills and capturing the biogas that would have been emitted as the waste breaks down, production of R-CNG eliminates potent methane emissions that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere, achieving significant GHG reductions above and beyond fossil CNG.

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