Xebec orders BGX Biostream units from Brightmark, Chevron RNG

By Xebec Adsorption Inc. | October 06, 2021

Xebec Adsorption Inc. is pleased to announce it has signed the first set of task orders under the previously announced master service agreement for an initial 18 BGX-Biostream units with Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC. Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC is a joint venture between Brightmark and Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., to own project companies across the U.S. to produce and market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG).

These first task orders represent the single largest Biostream unit commitment Xebec has received to date. Biostream’s containerized and modular design makes it a one-of-its-kind offering for the North American agriculture industry as farmers look to maximize revenue and gain peace of mind with the support of Xebec’s local Cleantech Service Network. The 18 units are expected to be deployed across 10 dairy RNG projects in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota.

“Alongside our partners at Chevron, Brightmark plans to increase our RNG production ten-fold over the next four years,” said Bob Powell, CEO & founder of Brightmark. “As the most carbon negative fuel on a lifecycle basis available on the market today, RNG is an essential tool in our global efforts to combat climate change, and to do that, we have to establish strong partnerships with companies like Xebec that share our vision for this sector’s tremendous advancement opportunities.”

“We are excited to be the biogas upgrading technology provider to such a high-profile partnership within the RNG industry,” stated Kurt Sorschak, chairman, CEO and president of Xebec Adsorption Inc. “Dairy-based RNG continues to be an important vertical because of its ability to reduce emissions from agriculture, support local communities and recycle nutrients. In addition, dairy-based RNG has the potential to generate higher returns compared to other renewable gas projects such as landfills, wastewater treatment plants and source-separated organics facilities.”

Dairy farms are leading livestock based RNG production in the U.S. 

 According to the EPA AgSTAR project database, as of May 2021, there are 333 operational and under construction digester projects that accept livestock manure. The majority (approximately 82%) of the manure-based digester projects are at dairy farms, and the rest are at swine or poultry farms. Of the 333 biogas projects, approximately 98 of them are producing RNG for the CNG transportation market.

Biostream is positioned to capture the U.S. animal manure RNG market

According to the American Biogas Council, it is estimated that 8,574 dairy, poultry, and swine farms are primed for biogas and renewable natural gas production. Biostream is estimated to cover more than 80% of these animal manure use cases with multiple standardized configurations which range in capacity between 55 to 840 SCFM (90 to 1350 NCMH).

Leading decentralized hydrogen production technology ideal for RNG-based green hydrogen

With over 80 on-site hydrogen generation units deployed worldwide, Xebec is well positioned to deploy on-site steam methane reforming (SMR) units to produce green hydrogen in a decentralized manner. The flow rates found in dairy farms are within an ideal operating range for Xebec’s Hy.GEN systems, which have proven to be a lower cost and more efficient process than electrolyser-based hydrogen. Xebec believes both containerized solutions of Hy.GEN and Biostream offer a compelling product offering for customers looking to take advantage of the entire renewable gas value chain.