Best Practices for Harnessing Renewable Energy
The design and development of biogas systems by Montrose Environmental Group experts represent ‘best practices’ for achieving environmental, economic, and recycling success. Many countries across the globe are struggling to solve the same problems – climate change, air pollution, and dependence on oil and gas imports. Moreover, prices for fossil fuels are constantly fluctuating as they depend on many factors, including politics. Renewable energy sources are highly appealing for many such communities or municipalities as a supplement or alternative to conventional energies.
One alternative for the production of fuel–similar to natural gas–is via anaerobic digestion. It is increasingly available as a source of renewable energy, as anaerobic digestion allows one to concurrently manage waste and to produce biogas, consisting of methane and mix of other gases. Biogas can be used in the domestic sector as a fuel to power gas engines or can be upgraded to biomethane, compressed, and used in the transportation sector as compressed natural gas (CNG) or pumped into a natural gas pipeline. Feedstock could be found in every community as biogas can be produced from agricultural waste, manure, food waste, sewage, and the like.
Montrose Environmental Group is a leader in the US marketplace for the engineering design, development, and management of biogas services.
“My peers and I have a long track record of delivering engineering services for a variety of projects—including anaerobic digesters in locations throughout the country.”
In 2016, our division was engaged to take over operations of two digestion facilities, capable of 3.2 MWe (Rhode Island) and 5.2 MWe (North Carolina) production. Our experience was also leveraged support of the South Area Transfer Station digester project in Sacramento, California, where we solved challenges associated with the stations’ odor and operations. Montrose personnel are currently engaged in the project through operations and maintenance services.
In Michigan, we cooperated with Michigan State University (MSU) to power its campus with energy from renewable sources. Working closely with our staff, MSU constructed the digester and uses biogas as a fuel in a diesel generator supplying electricity to the MSU campus.
While we have a growing footprint in regions across the US, our firm operates overseas as well. Our engineering team has successfully designed, developed, and instilled a digester alongside an existing composting facility outside of London. Gas produced at the facility is used to power a CHP setup and directs electronical power into the grid.
These examples illustrate that community can become much more self-sufficient turning waste into energy. It achieves several benefits – cleaner environment and efficient way of waste utilization. The world’s energy landscape is changing rapidly with investments in the renewable sector growing all over the globe. We at Montrose Environmental Group are pleased to lead the discussion and set the example through our innovation, ingenuity, and our commitment to the process.