Shell – RNG Development
About the Company:
Shell is an international energy company with expertise in the exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.
They use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future. They also invest in power, including from low-carbon sources such as wind and solar; and new fuels for transport, such as advanced biofuels and hydrogen.
About the Solution:
Shell is constructing multiple projects to turn organic waste into renewable natural gas (RNG).
RNG, or biomethane, is a pipeline-quality gas that is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas and thus can be used in natural gas vehicles. The use of RNG in the form of compressed natural gas (R-CNG) can reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. Encouraged by government policies, demand for RNG is increasing in multiple sectors. Establishing a business in the production and supply of RNG allows Shell to continue providing customers with the fuels and energy they need, not only today but in the future.
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
Shell has recently been added to the Newtrient catalog. Newtrient will continue to work with Shell 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