Trash of the past, fueling the future: a chapter in the energy transition story

Archaea Energy’s sponsorship and Nick Stork’s presentation will set the tone for the conference and industry. “

– Joe Barone, President and Founder of Shale Directories

PENN VALLEY, PA, U.S. March 16, 2021 / – You probably won’t think twice about your trash when you bring it to the curb. Garbage that is taken somewhere far away, never to be seen or smelled again, has negative connotations that go well beyond its literal definition.

But this distant place is your local landfill, and this “garbage” offers a solution to today’s energy transition challenges.

“They are no longer dumps. They are modern renewable energy sources, ”said Nicholas Stork, CEO of Archaea Energy, a leader in converting landfill gas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG). Although waste is traditionally not considered “renewable”, Archaea is redefining renewable energy.

A quick look at the details shows that the decomposition of organic waste in the absence of oxygen produces a gas called “biogas”, which consists of about 50/50 of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2). After processing and cleaning, the resulting RNG product can no longer be distinguished from geological natural gas and can be used in all of the same applications.

Capturing and using gas that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere can reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the landfill by up to 90%, according to Stork. Further shifting geological natural gas consumption to RNG provides an easy path to decarbonization for any industry or facility that consumes natural gas.

Archaea’s leadership is deeply familiar with landfills, having emerged from Noble Environmental, a company that owns and operates two landfills, and a garbage disposal company in western Pennsylvania. Instead of outsourcing the development of a landfill gas treatment plant to one of their locations, the team tackled the project themselves and completed it in half the time and half the cost of external estimates.

Others, including investors, became aware of this. Archaea has earned the trust and support to continue transforming the RNG industry for everyone involved.

Building trust begins at the landfill. “With our background as landfill owners, we understand owners’ problems, such as collecting and reducing emissions,” said Stork. Archaea is not only concerned with CH4 emissions, but also with CO2. Evaluating CO2 capture and storage opportunities sounds like a task to a geologist, so it’s good that Archaea has one on the team.

With every project Archaea takes a holistic approach to find the best solutions that bring the greatest possible benefit for its partners. The team consists of many of the leading experts in RNG technology and industry with combined experience in over 60 projects.

And what about the RNG? Once injected into the natural gas pipeline, the RNG can be nominated for use anywhere along the pipeline. “We can sell our RNG anywhere, but we like to work with companies that want to decarbonise their energy consumption,” said Stork. These companies include utilities, universities, and corporations.

Another interesting application for RNG is in the production of renewable hydrogen, a topic that is becoming increasingly popular with energy professionals. Hydrogen, the most abundant element on earth, is considered the fuel of the future and offers many industries that are evolving during the energy transition a path to profound decarbonization.

After we have opened the trash can and smelled it, we invite you to take part in a more in-depth discussion at the first annual Appalachian Hydrogen Carbon Capture Conference. The one-day conference, produced by Shale Directories and TopLine Analytics, will explore many of the challenges and opportunities facing the energy industry today, with a particular focus on the Appalachian region and its interests.

Archaea is proud to be the presentation sponsor of the conference. “Archaea Energy’s sponsorship and Nick Stork’s presentation will set the tone for the conference and the industry,” commented Joe Barone, President and Founder of Shale Directories.

The conference will take place on April 8th at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Southpointe, with options for personal and virtual participation.

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