Waga Energy confirms first US landfill gas-to-RNG project
The project at the county’s landfill in the town of Bath will produce RNG and inject it into the local grid to help decarbonise mobility. Steuben County is home to approximately 99,000 residents, and its landfill in Bath is authorised to dispose of 150,000 tons of waste annually.
The Steuben County landfill will be the first in the US to adopt Waga Energy’s WAGABOX® technology, already in use at 10 landfills, with an additional 11 facilities in the pipeline in Europe and North America.
Under the contract signed on 30 December, Waga Energy will build a landfill gas upgrading unit using its patented WAGABOX technology. Once completed, the unit will produce grid-compliant RNG (biomethane) from the methane generated by the decomposition of waste at the landfill.
The unit will purify 1,000 standard cubic feet per minute of raw landfill gas to deliver 60 GWh of RNG. The facility will produce RNG that can be used for residential consumption or as a transportation fuel, equivalent to supplying around 4,000 homes with renewable energy, and saving an estimated 13,500 tons of CO2 per year.
“Steuben County is thrilled to partner with Waga Energy in leveraging landfill gas in an environmentally-conscious and economically advantageous project,” said Steuben County Manager, Jack Wheeler.
“Waga Energy has proven to be a highly innovative international firm and bringing this collaboration to fruition will benefit Steuben County and our region for many years to come.”
Waga Energy’s CEO and co-founder, Mathieu Lefebvre, commented: “We are honoured to have been selected by Steuben County to upgrade the methane from its Bath landfill. This first contract in the US marks a major milestone to introduce our WAGABOX solution to the US market.
“We are eager for landfill operators in the US to see how efficient our technology is, and how our hassle-free operating model can help small and medium-sized landfills generate additional revenues while taking concrete action against climate change.”