Xebec to deliver biogas upgrading plant for RNG project in Italy

By Xebec Adsorption Inc. | March 18, 2019

Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of renewable gas solutions, has signed a CDN$6-plus million contract for a landfill biogas upgrading plant in Italy, to be delivered in late 2019. Fully operational, it will produce approximately 5 million cubic meters of carbon neutral renewable natural gas (RNG) annually, replacing the equivalent of approximately 5 million liters of diesel fuel.

Similar RNG projects are developing throughout the EU, driven by both environmental regulations and government incentives. The Italian government recently set aside Euro 4.7 billion (CDN$7.4 billion) in incentives to aid large gas consumers as well as incentives for biomethane in transport. Since then, Italy’s gas operator, SNAM, has received more than 800 requests from potential biomethane producers to connect their upcoming biomethane production sites to the existing gas grid, indicating a market size for biogas upgrading equipment in excess of CDN$ 1.5 billion over the next 3 to 5 years.

The landfill gas-to-energy market is undergoing a fundamental change, in as far as landfill gas-to-electricity projects are today financially challenging. Solar and wind power projects offer electricity rates as low as 0.05 euros per kwh, a rate landfill gas-to-electricity projects can no longer compete with. Consequently, more and more waste companies and developers are looking toward landfill gas-to-fuels, especially to RNG as a low carbon fuel alternative with a much better value proposition than electricity and a significantly higher return on investment (ROI).

“This project represents solid sales growth for Xebec Europe, positioning us as a key player in the energy transition space. It also highlights our proven technology capability in handling biogas upgrading with high nitrogen content, said Francesco Massari, general manager, Xebec Europe

“Upgraded landfill gas to RNG is playing an increasingly important role in the deployment of low carbon fuels in transportation. We expect Xebec to be a fundamental change agent in this transition, as we move from a fossil fuel economy to a low carbon renewable energy future,” said Kurt Sorschak, president and CEO, Xebec Adsorption Inc.

“Xebec is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this fast-growing global market as our innovative, proprietary, fast cycle adsorption technology is generating an increasing amount of customer interest, mainly due to lower initial investment costs, low operating and maintenance costs, flexible and stable performance, combined with high durability and reliability,” said Prabhu Rao, chief operations officer, Xebec Adsorption Inc.