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Bio-CNG and Bio-LNG

Bio-CNG and Bio-LNG for transportation

Specifics of Bio-CNG

  1.  Production: Bio-CNG is produced from biogas, which is obtained through the anaerobic digestion of organic waste materials. The biogas is primarily composed of methane and carbon dioxide, along with other impurities. To produce Bio-CNG, the biogas is purified (removing CO2, water vapour, and other impurities) and then compressed to high pressures, making it suitable for storage and transportation.

2. Uses: Bio-CNG can be used in the same applications as conventional CNG, such as fuel for vehicles (cars, buses, trucks), in industrial processes and for heating purposes. It’s especially favuored in transport sectors aiming to reduce carbon footprints.

3. Environmental Benefits: Bio-CNG has a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to fossil fuel-derived CNG. Its production and use help in managing organic waste and reducing emissions of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) from waste decomposition.

 

Specifics of Bio-LNG

1. Production: Bio-LNG is essentially liquefied biogas. After the production of biogas through anaerobic digestion, the gas is cleaned to remove impurities and CO2, and then the methane is liquefied by cooling it to extremely low temperatures (around -162°C). The resulting bio-LNG has a high methane content and is virtually identical to fossil fuel-derived LNG.

2. Uses: Bio-LNG can be used as a fuel for heavy transport (like heavy trucks and shipping) where battery electric solutions may not be viable due to energy density requirements or for long-haul journeys. It’s also used in industrial applications where LNG is typically used.

3. Environmental Benefits: Similar to Bio-CNG, bio-LNG offers significant reductions in carbon emissions compared to its fossil fuel counterparts. Its use helps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and since it’s produced from organic waste, it also contributes to waste management and reduces methane emissions from organic decomposition.

 

Both Bio-CNG and Bio-LNG

  • Energy Security: Both fuels can contribute to energy security by providing a renewable and domestically produced energy source
  • Challenges: The production and distribution infrastructure for bio-CNG and bio-LNG are still developing. The costs associated with the production and purification process, and the need for significant capital investment in infrastructure, can be barriers to widespread adoption.
  • Sustainability: Both fuels are considered sustainable as they are produced from waste materials, but it’s crucial to ensure that the feedstock for these fuels is sourced sustainably and does not compete with food production or lead to land use changes.

About Apsley Farms

Producer of organically certified gardening products
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Producing green energy since 2012
We are a family-run arable farm and contractor, producing crops for our Biogas plant, generating enough energy to heat 8,500 houses all year round.

Sustainable farming
Over the years, the Apsley team has built up considerable experience in modern and innovative farming practices, as well as forming partnerships with other farms and the wider farming community. Read more about Apsley Farms’ sustainable farming methods here

Supplier of CO2 Gas
Apsley Farms produces food-grade carbon dioxide as a by-product of the biogas plant.
We also have CO2 testing facilities onsite. Find out more here