Landfill gas conversion to drop-in diesel fuel
Category: Energy Generation — Region: Southeast
Devin Walker, COO
Elevator pitch: Trash 2 Cash-Energy (T2C-E) has developed and patented a novel catalytic process to convert landfill gas to drop-in diesel fuel. We provide one of the most sought-after commodities while satisfying EPA landfill gas mitigation requirements. Our process closes the process loop from feedstock to end-point user by providing a single site for unloading and refueling of garbage trucks. T2C-E is a pioneer in revolutionizing the ways in which landfills do business.
How we make a difference: Trash 2 Cash Energy has found a solution to providing diesel fuel to the garbage trucking sector from the very trash they haul. The garbage trucking sector represents 3 percent of the total US diesel fuel consumption and is a $4 billion dollar expenditure. The EPA has required that landfill gas (LFG) be captured and mitigated to prevent the harmful greenhouse gases in LFG escaping into the atmosphere. The diesel fuel created in T2C-E process resembles its petroleum counterpart and therefore is compatible with the current infrastructure, no modifications to engines needed. Trash 2 Cash-Energy provides a solution that satisfies EPA requirements while providing one of the most sought-after commodities in the world. Our process provides a major step towards energy independence in the US from everyday garbage, thus taking a negative valued feedstock and converting it to high valued transportation fuel that landfills can distribute onsite.
If we win? Our goal is to further the development of our process beyond the laboratory into the construction of a demonstration facility followed by construction of a full scale facility. By winning at the Cleantech Global Forum, T2C-E will be able to scale to a demonstration facility capable of processing 2-4 scfm LFG and producing 55 gal/week of diesel. At this scale, the amount of fuel produced will be sufficient enough to fulfill all fuel testing requirements. This facility will be used as a marketing tool to attract other customers and potential clients/partners.
Cleantech Open anecdote: In our effort to market ourselves during the Cleantech Open, we found that the landfills that were most interested were those that already had LFG-to-energy projects in place. This came as a surprise since we had initially thought landfills that were currently just burning and essentially wasting the energy of landfill gas would have been the most excited about our technology. It showed us that hopping onto the clean-energy train may be difficult at first but once you’re on, it only begins to pick up momentum.