To help processors who employ energy intensive processes like heating, Gas Technology Institute released “Guidance Document for the Introduction of Landfill-Derived Renewable Gas into Natural Gas Pipelines.”
As the Des Plaines, Ill.-association
notes, integrating renewable gas from non-traditional sources can provide benefits
to processors, including cost-effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
increasing available resources.
An initiative launched by GTI establishes
parameters for evaluating the suitability of biomethane products derived from
dairy waste and landfills for safe and proper introduction into existing
natural gas pipelines and to ensure compatibility with existing supplies.
Sponsored by the natural gas industry,
the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and members of the Solid Waste
Association of North America, these projects add to industry's understanding of
the chemical and biological composition of renewable gas.
The landfill guidance document provides
analytical and other key information to pipeline companies and natural gas
local distribution companies (LDCs) so that parameters specific to clean
biomethane can be identified. The document includes a list of constituents and
methodology for testing, as well as statistical analysis of the acquired data.
It provides information about specific instrumentation for identifying and
monitoring trace constituents, and cleanup technologies for removing them.
Says Kristine Wiley, project manager,
“GTI is exploring alternative and renewable energy resources that can integrate
with the U.S. energy distribution network and support the expansion of the
nation’s energy supply. Evaluating and mitigating the effects of new fuels on
the delivery infrastructure is a critical aspect to enable the use of this
Using Renewable Gas from Landfills into Pipelines
May 23, 2012