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Pentair, McCulla launch biogas upgrading plant for transport fuel

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Haffmans, a subsidiary of US firm Pentair, and McCulla, an ambient, chilled, and frozen logistics solutions company, have launched a new biogas upgrading plant.

The new plant enables McCulla in Northern Ireland to fuel its fleet of trucks with compressed natural gas (bio-CNG). The Pentair Biogas Upgrading System – Pentair BioCompact- has capacity for 450 standard cubic metres of biogas to be processed into biomethane every hour.

McCulla’s new green fleet of 10 CNG trucks are refuelled directly at the company’s biomethane filling point. The organic material used to produce the fuel comes from food waste collected from 41 chain supermarkets throughout Northern Ireland.

“We are excited to be working with McCulla to help lead the refrigeration transport sector towards a more sustainable model,” said Roland Folz, Pentair’s food and beverage global business unit leader.

“The transport sector has historically been dependent on fossil fuels and, therefore, is a contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. With innovations in biogas upgrading, the opportunity to mitigate the damaging effects of carbon emissions generated from fossil-based fuels is now within reach.”

Ashley McCulla, chairman of McCulla, commented: “Since 2017, we have been producing electricity from an anaerobic digestion plant at our site in Lisburn.

“Our ultimate goal was always to use the energy produced by the AD plant to power our logistics fleet as well. Together with Pentair, we realised that ambition and are now utilising green technology in logistics – a positive step forward in helping to make this sector more sustainable.”