As part of a joint venture, The Linde Group and Houston-based Waste Management have announced they will build the world’s largest plant for the conversion of landfill gas into biogas, located at the Altamont Landfill near Livermore, California.
According to Linde, the liquefied biogas will be used to fuel Waste Management’s 300 trash and recycling collection vehicles in California beginning in 2009. Waste Management will supply the landfill gas and Linde will be responsible for the engineering, cleaning and liquefaction of the landfill gas.
Waste Management is working on creating an additional 60 renewable energy facilities in North America.
The companies expect the $15 million plant to produce around 13,000 gallons of LNG a day from the natural decomposition of organic waste.
The project will receive grant assistance from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the California Air Resources Board, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Last year, Waste Management announced plans to spend up to $500 million per year for the next 10 years to replace its fleet with vehicles that get better fuel efficiency and that will reduce emissions by 15 percent by 2020