Greenlane Biogas to work on innovative sugar cane RNG project

Greenlane Renewables’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas, has signed a CAD$2.4 million (€1.56 million) contract with Brazilian sugar mill operator Grupo Cocal.

Grupo Cocal (Cocal) refines sugar and produces ethanol biofuel from sugarcane. Greenlane Biogas will supply its pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system for this first-of-a-kind renewable natural gas (RNG) project. According to Greenlane, this is expected to be the first commercial-scale pipeline injection RNG project in the Brazilian sugar cane industry.

The new system will process and upgrade biogas created through anaerobic digestion (AD) using by-products from Cocal’s sugar refining and ethanol production process into clean RNG. The RNG will be used, in part, to displace diesel fuel in Cocal’s commercial operations and vehicle fleet and provide a clean, low-carbon supply of RNG for the local gas grid.

“Greenlane has long been committed to the Brazilian market and proud to be the market leader,” said Greenlane’s president and CEO, Brad Douville.

“This represents our fourth contract for the supply of biogas upgrading equipment to customers in Brazil. We’re excited to showcase our system, which is ideally suited for this ground-breaking project and to expand our relationship with Cocal.”

Cocal’s selection process was “thorough and rigorous”, according to Douville, who said the firm wanted to ensure the best possible system would be provided for its innovative project. “We look forward to helping make this project a success,” he added.

Sugar cane refining and ethanol biofuel production have been a major industry in Brazil since the 1970s. According to Greenlane, bioethanol consumption in the transport sector in Brazil exceeds gasoline volumes, and there are approximately 350 sugar mills across the country engaged in the refining of sugar and production of bioethanol, which produces “vast quantities” of by-products suitable for RNG production.

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