Decomposing organic material releases methane into the atmosphere. Methane is a short-lived climate pollutant with an atmospheric lifetime of around 12 years. While its lifetime is much shorter than carbon dioxide (CO2), it is much more efficient at trapping radiation, which makes the impact of methane on climate change over 80 times greater than CO2 (Environmental Defense Fund, 2021).
Globally, over 60% of total methane emissions come from human activities. Agriculture is a key emitting sector, responsible for about 30%, and is the number one source of methane emissions in the U.S. (N.O.A.A., 2020)
Due to methane’s high greenhouse gas (GHG) impact but low human-based emission source, in comparison to CO2, it has become the main focus of government regulation across the globe. In the U.S., the pressure on the government and private sector regulations of methane emissions has come to the forefront in the social efforts to fight climate change. According to the E.P.A., regulations, once finalized, will reduce 41 million tons of methane emissions from 2023 to 2035, the equivalent of 920 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
THE SOLUTION: GENERATING BIOMETHANE AS AN ALTERNATIVE CLEAN ENERGY SOURCE
For On-Site Biogas Recovery And Upgrading
Generating RNG from landfills, dairies, and wastewater facilities through anaerobic decomposition not only eliminates methane emissions into the atmosphere but can also be a source of additional revenue for the operator by:
- Selling the gas to a utility through pipeline injection
- Offsetting costs associated with purchasing fuel for vehicles by producing their own fuel (Renewable Natural Gas, or RNG)
- Producing their own electricity through cogeneration
BAUER is known globally for its expertise in manufacturing gas compression systems. To provide our customers with a complete turnkey solution for upgrading, BAUER has partnered with highly experienced companies which are specialized in various aspects of biogas generating RNG.
BAUER COMPRESSORS Solutions include::
- Biogas Feed Compression
- Pipeline injection Compression
- Virtual Pipeline/CNG Station Compression