Air Liquide to build its largest biomethane production facility in the US

Air Liquide will build its largest ever biomethane production unit in Illinois, US.

Located in the city of Rockford, the new unit will produce biomethane from biogas from a solid waste treatment plant owned and operated by Waste Connections.

It will have a capacity of 380 GWh per year, representing the largest production capacity per plant for Air Liquide. With this new plant, the firm’s global biomethane production capacity will increase to 1.8 TWh.

Another landfill biomethane production unit is also being built in Delavan, Wisconsin, and will be operational by the second quarter of the year. Thanks to these two new units, Air Liquide is becoming a major player in US biomethane production.

“Biomethane, like hydrogen and CO2 capture technologies, has a prominent place in the portfolio of solutions developed by Air Liquide to fight global warming and preserve the environment,” commented Emilie Mouren-Renouard, member of the Air Liquide executive committee, in charge of innovation, digital and IT, intellectual property and the Global Markets & Technologies World Business unit.

“The announcement of the construction of our largest biomethane production unit in the world illustrates Air Liquide’s determination to accompany its customers in the industrial and transportation sectors throughout the energy transition but also to actively contribute to the emergence of a low-carbon society.”

For these two projects, Air Liquide will use, in addition to its own membrane technology, a complementary technology developed by Waga Energy, which specialises in the valorisation of biogas from landfill sites.

Don’t miss our interview with David Hurren, UK CEO of Biogas Solutions at Air Liquide, in the January/February edition of Bioenergy Insight.

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