Fortistar, NRSWA to build landfill methane-to-RNG facility

Investment firm Fortistar has partnered with the New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA) in Florida to build a landfill methane-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) facility.

The new facility will capture and convert approximately 1,900 dekatherams (1.899 Btu) per day of landfill methane to RNG – enough to offset emissions from 7,500 passenger cars.

The New River RNG project will collect naturally-occurring methane from the NRSWA municipal solid waste landfill, convert it to RNG, and use it to fuel natural gas vehicles via TruStar Energy, a Fortistar portfolio company.

At full output, the facility will extract 2,500 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill gas and produce 5.1 million gas gallon equivalents of RNG per year. Overall, the project will reduce emissions by 35,000 tons of CO2e annually.

“NRSWA is excited about partnering with Fortistar on this important and industry-leading project,” said NRSWA’s executive director, Perry Kent.

“This will be the first project to convert gas from a municipal solid waste landfill to RNG in Florida and we are happy we are able to lead the way.

“New River has always worked to manage solid waste in a sustainable way and this project is one more step toward New River becoming a fully sustainable solid waste treatment facility.”

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), landfill gas presents a major opportunity to capture and use a significant and often wasted energy source.

A potent greenhouse gas (GHG), methane traps 28-36 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide over 100 years. The EPA also noted that municipal solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the US, accounting for 15.1% of these emissions in 2018.

The New River RNG Project is the fifth of 12 new Fortistar RNG projects requiring nearly €500 million of new capital investment, which are all expected to enter construction over the next year.

Mark Comora, president of Fortistar, said: “As an investment firm that’s focused on implementing more decarbonisation solutions across the country, funding and supporting this renewable energy project in Florida was an easy decision.

“Creating fuel for transportation is a solution available today to significantly decrease human-related GHG emissions. NRSWA maintains an excellent reputation in waste management in Florida and we’re looking forward to working with them to capture GHGs, displace diesel trucks, and produce cleaner fuel for a more sustainable future.”

California-based SCS Engineers will build the facility under an EPC contract, which will create approximately 35-40 construction jobs.

The process used in the New River RNG Project includes proprietary membranes provided by Air Liquide and the new facility will use a Vilter Single Screw Gas Compressor.

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