PacificAg – RNG Project Development
About the Company:
PacificAg is North America’s largest crop residue harvest and supply company. They serve two primary customers: first, the individual growers for whom PacificAg provides residue management services after their grain harvest, and second, the downstream customer for whom PacificAg provides a crop residue product that matches their specifications and needs.
In 2010 PacificAg recognized the significance of feedstocks for bioenergy production and expanded across the country to serve both existing and new markets and applications. Today with Pacific Ag Renewables (PAR), they are leveraging the importance of feedstocks to forwardly integrate into building best-in-class bioconversion projects to develop and operate the production of low carbon fuels, packaging, textile fibers and other related market opportunities.
PAR’s first commercial projects are to produce renewable natural gas that recycle farm wastes into renewable energy. Up to five large-scale plants are currently under development. PAR has also co-developed the first of a suite of integrated crop residue pulping to molded fiber production facilities that will produce sustainable, low carbon, plastic, and tree-free, compostable packaging products.
About the Solution:
Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
PAR is developing RNG projects in several regions of the US utilizing best-in-class anaerobic digester (AD) technology to convert agricultural wastes into Renewable Natural Gas. The main benefits of these RNG projects are that they recycle waste materials while also producing renewable energy and soil products that displace fossil fuels.
Their first and most advanced project is Sunnyside RNG, LLC located in Washington State. Sunnyside RNG will utilize dairy manure co-digested with cellulosic crop residue to produce 800K MMBtus of negative carbon emissions RNG that will be injected into the interstate pipeline for use in transportation markets.
There are currently four other similar projects in development in the region and beyond. PacificAg’s projects work with many dairies with economies of scale that would otherwise be out of reach for individual, smaller dairies.
PAR pride themselves on being:
- Good for the Local Farmers- offering the opportunity to reduce costs and increase revenue by purchasing manure and reducing costs associated with manure management and environmental compliance.
- Good for the Community- A fully operational facility creates full time employment positions, while also solving the challenges associated with manure management.
- Good for the Environment- Their innovative approach reduces both emission and contaminants.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
- Long usable life and can be run reliably
- Creates energy and generates environmental credits
- Proper feeding & system monitoring is required to avoid system downtime
- Proven technology for odor control
- Proven technology for GHG reduction
- Proven technology for pathogen reduction
- Different types of systems produce varying gas production rates
- Requires proper preparation of the feedstock
- Requires other technologies for energy utilization
- Requires other technologies for digestate handling
- Requires other technologies to prevent nitrogen loss
- Complex systems may require expertise not available on-farm
PacificAg has recently been added to the Newtrient catalog. Newtrient will continue to work with PacificAg to further refine the cost and performance information on their solutions. Newtrient will update this entry as more information becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come online.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY