Semardel Looks to Lower Emissions with Biomethane

| France

The Semardel Group, developer and manager of the collection, treatment and transformation of household and economic waste, is extending the compression capability of its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on the ‘Ecosite de Vert-le-Grand/Echarcon’ to meet the growing number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) operated by Semaer. Additionally, Semardel is to implement a biomethane solution for fleet refuelling.

To meet the growing demand from Semaer, Semavert (another subsidiary) has extended the compression capabilities of the CNG station on its Ecosite, set up in 2010. Semavert has increased compression capabilities of the CNG station, from 80 m3/hr to 400 m3/hr.

Semaer, a subsidiary of Semardel, is one of the main waste collection operators in the Southern region of the Ile-de-France. It operates 16 waste disposal facilities and processes more than 135,000 tonnes of industrial and household waste annually. It is equipped with a fleet of 8 hydraulic arm trucks and 13 refuse collection vehicles, all powered by natural gas. Aiming to improve the quality of its services while responding to environmental issues in transportation and quality of life, and to assist meet France’s objectives of renewable energy integration, Semaer is to acquire more NGVs.

As part of its industrial projects, the Semardel Group is planning the implementation of a biogas plant on its Ecosite, that will produce biogas fuel directly from the biodegradable waste collected in the territory.

France published an action plan from 2009 to 2020 for the development of renewable energy, to implement the European directive on renewable energy in 2009. In the transport sector, the Directive sets a specific target of 10% renewables by 2020. Biogas fuel is one of the renewable fuels that will achieve the integration objectives.

Semardel says the conversion of biogas to biomethane fuel has the greatest potential for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The production of this renewable energy produced from a local resource, that is waste received at the Ecosite, will eventually fuel the Samaer truck fleet.

(This article compiled using information from a Semardel Group press release)

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