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Anaergia commissions RNG facility in Italy

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Anaergia has commissioned its Easy Anaergia Ambiente RNG facility in Pontinia, Italy.

The facility can process 36,450 tons of landfill-diverted food scraps and other organic waste each year and convert it into over 3.2 million m3 of RNG, to be injected into the region’s gas pipelines.

The new plant will also treat the remaining digestate to create 4,500 tons per year of high-quality natural fertiliser, and enough water to cover all of the facility’s requirements. Anaergia was the technology provider for the project and will own and operate the site.

“Commissioning the facility marks the first milestone in achieving remarkable growth in Italy this year,” said Andrew Benedek, chairman and CEO of Anaergia.

“The six new facilities we plan to commission in 2022, and a seventh in 2023, will add RNG to the Italian gas grid, providing more and more biomethane to replace fossil fuels. This will assist the European Union in achieving greater energy independence.”

The Easy Energia Ambiente facility will receive food waste from waste collection companies operating in the region surrounding Rome. The waste will be converted into biogas using Anaergia’s high throughput and high-efficiency Omnivore™ technology, before being upgraded to RNG using other proprietary technologies by Anaergia.

Alessandro Massone, Anaergia’s vice-president of sales in Italy, commented: “This new facility exemplifies a new and better way of dealing with waste. We are moving away from the old approach of take, use, and throw away and instead adopting principles of a circular economy.

“A circular economy means recovering new resources from waste – like renewable energy – from discarded organic material. We are proud to provide this advanced technology solution.”