Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of Amp Americas, has expanded the production of its biogas operation at Fair Oaks Farms by 30%.
The Indiana project was the first dairy biogas-to-transportation fuel project in the country, according to RDF. Now, it has the capacity to produce over 2.3 million gallons per year of 100%-renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste.
RDF’s Fair Oaks facility remains the second-largest dairy biogas-to-transportation fuel project in the country, bested only by RDF’s facility in Jasper County, Ind., which came online last year, the company says.
With the completed expansion, the Fair Oaks project, which has been operating since 2011, now converts over 800,000 gallons of manure per day from 20,000 cows into renewable methane, which is then captured, purified and compressed to become RNG. The RNG is injected into the NIPSCO natural gas pipeline system to be used as transportation fuel.
“We are proud to bolster our production of clean, ultra-low-carbon gas that increases our energy independence and substantially reduces greenhouse-gas emissions, all while creating economic opportunities for rural communities,” says Grant Zimmerman, CEO of Amp Americas. “We’ve made revolutionary progress in our carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Amp Americas continues to expand its national footprint and invest heavily in dairy RNG projects by partnering with dairy farmers. Amp Americas is currently producing 5 million gallons per year of RNG and working on several new projects that will increase that rate in 2019 and beyond. In addition, the company’s network of fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling stations is now up to 20.