The Canadian Government, through the Minstry of Natural Resources, is to invest $800,000 (USD 600k) in G4 Insights Inc., a renewable natural gas (RNG) producer, for the development of technology to convert forestry waste into RNG that can be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines in Canada, enhancing the availability of RNG for transportation and energy applications.
G4 Insights is partnering with the Canadian Gas Association members Enbridge Gas Distribution, FortisBC, Gaz Metro, Union Gas, utility host ATCO, the Natural Gas Innovation Fund, Alberta Innovates, and FPInnovations, who are contributing a combined $1.35 million (USD 1.01 million) towards this project.
Renewable natural gas produced from sustainably managed forest residue can emit up to 85 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional fossil fuels. Forest residue, which includes all parts of the tree, can be converted into solid, liquid or gaseous biofuels such as RNG that can then be burned for energy or used as fuel substitutes for transportation or industrial processes.
“This project will advance G4 technology toward commercialization through field trials of enhanced subsystems for robust continuous operation and grid injection,” said Edson Ng, Principal, G4 Insights Inc.
G4 Insights will build a RNG demonstration plant and test it under operational conditions with a range of biomass types to generate relevant technical operating and economic data. The optimal site location has been chosen in Edmonton, Alberta to support all-season operation in outdoor conditions.
Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association commented: “CGA and the natural gas delivery industry have made driving innovation a key focus for the last six years with initiatives and investments around the use of natural gas and natural gas delivery infrastructure. Improving the technology to convert biomass to RNG will support the industry’s aspirational target of blending 10 percent RNG in the Canadian natural gas distribution system by 2030.”
(Source: Government of Canada)