Nordsol’s technology applied in Britain’s first bio-LNG production plant

Sep 20 2023
Introduction

RenEco, in collaboration with Nordsol, embarks on a groundbreaking mission to establish the United Kingdom's inaugural bio-LNG production facility.

Located in proximity to Rushden and under RenEco’s ownership, this plant represents an expansion of their current organic waste processing that focuses on biogas production and electricity generation. Leveraging Nordsol’s innovative technology, RenEco will convert biogas into bio-LNG (liquefied biomethane), with production to commence in the first quarter of 2024.

Bio‑LNG for transport

Bio-LNG is positioned to play a pivotal role in the sustainable transformation of long-haul road and maritime transport. Its advantages over diesel are manifest in significantly reduced emissions of CO₂, NOx, SOx, and particulate matter. Depending on the feedstock, bio-LNG is carbon neutral or even carbon negative.

“Bio-LNG is the best solution for decarbonizing the hard-to-abate long-haul transport sector today. With this inaugural production plant in the UK we demonstrate that onsite biogas liquefaction to bio-LNG is not only sustainable but also affordable and scalable.”
Léon van Bossum, CEO of Nordsol

Circular supply chain

Anticipated to yield 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG annually, the new bio-LNG facility will fuel over 8 million miles (13 million kilometers) of fossil-free road transport for heavy-duty trucks. The plant stands as an integral component of a rapidly developing circular economy. RenEco’s initiative involves the collection of organic waste from all parts of the food supply chain, its conversion into biogas and organic fertilizers via anaerobic digestion, and the transformation of biogas into the renewable products bio-LNG and biogenic CO₂. While the biogenic CO₂ displaces fossil CO₂ in various industries, RenEco’s fleet, along with their customer’s fleets, will run on sustainable bio-LNG creating a circular supply chain.

“After extensive market research investigating how to decarbonize both our own HGV fleet and our retail customers’ fleets, Nordsol was chosen as a long-term partner to provide their liquefaction technology.”
William Wykes, director of RenEco

Inaugural step in a broader strategy

Given the growing demand within the transportation sector, bio-LNG’s economic viability is increasingly appealing to biogas producers. Simultaneously, Nordsol’s innovative, highly integrated production process ensures a cost-effective conversion of biogas into bio-LNG and biogenic CO₂. The Rushden facility is the inaugural step in a broader strategy to establish multiple bio-LNG plants across the UK, underscoring Nordsol’s dedicated organizational support for the transition from biogas to bio-LNG in the UK.

Phase one

Phase one of the bio-liquefaction facility will produce enough bio-LNG to fuel 100 HGVs operating 24 hours per day 7 days per week. This investment is part of a combination of initiatives RenEco is undertaking designed to direct the biogas produced onsite away from renewable heat and power to instead produce products for customers that directly replace traditional fossil-derived products which are typically more challenging to displace.

Léon van Bossum continued:“We believe in the urgency of the present – bio-LNG is now – because we recognize the immediate need to bring back carbon emissions. We are fully committed to our vision; we plan to double the capacity of this plant in 2025.”

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