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Aemetis Biogas awarded $7.8m for dairy-derived RNG development

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Aemetis Biogas, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Aemetis, has been awarded $7.8 million (€6.56 million) in matching grants through the 2020 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Dairy Digester Research and Development Programme (DDRDP).

The firm was awarded approximately 50% of the total projects awarded in the 2020 DDRDP grant cycle. The DDRDP provides financial support for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will help to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of RNG for transportation fuel.

Aemetis was previously awarded $3.1 million (€2.6 million) through the 2018 DDRDP grant cycle and completed two digesters and four miles of private pipeline as phase one of its 18 dairy digester cluster.

“We’re grateful to the CDFA for their strong demonstration of confidence in our 18 dairy RNG project,” said Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis.

“After completing phase one of our project in just over one year, we’re poised to quickly accelerate the construction and operation of 16 additional digesters and 25 miles private pipeline by mid-2022.

“The combined project will annually displace approximately 6.9 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel fuel, eliminate approximately 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents, and create over 100 project-related jobs in California’s Central Valley.”

In December, Aemetis will begin construction of its biogas upgrading facility that will allow the company to inject RNG into PG&E’s natural gas pipeline by the end of Q1 2021.

The firm expects to offer truck fleet fuelling of renewable CNG at the Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes ethanol biorefinery in Q2 2021.