Vancouver-based Quadrogen Power Systems Inc. is getting a $1.5 million loan to fine-tune its innovative fuel contaminant removal technology.
In a March 13, 2013 announcement, Quadrogen credits the provincially-funded BC Bioenergy Network for the loan. The Network says it is supporting the development of the biogas clean-up technology because of its substantial environmental benefits, its potential for injecting natural gas into pipelines, its use for higher food grade utilization of carbon dioxide, and its potential for upgrading transportation fuel.
Siloxane is just one example of a common contaminant that Quadrogen is planning to remove from landfill biogas.
“This best in-class project will demonstrate biogas clean-up to levels never achieved before,” said Michael Weedon, executive director of the BC Bioenergy Network, in a March 13, 2013 statement to media. “Quadrogen's technology looks to be an all-around winner, with the potential to enhance environmental benefits and generate significant revenue streams for municipalities and private operators.”
The two-phase project is gearing up for the Village Farms International Inc. greenhouse adjacent to the City of Vancouver’s landfill in Delta. Phase one is looking to test Quadrogen's ultra-clean gas clean-up technology, while phase two is aimed at expanding the system and testing its ability to process higher gas quantities for commercial viability in landfills.
Alakh Prasad, president of Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc., said the biogas clean-up project is part of a larger $7.5 million technology demonstration project that will demonstrate the conversion of landfill gas to ultra-clean electricity, heat, renewable hydrogen, and carbon dioxide for use in greenhouses.
“BC Bioenergy Network helped us move faster on the bio-methane application of our technology and quantify the potential of its commercial scale applications,” said Prasad in the joint public statement. “We have assembled a large high-quality team of partners that includes clean technology funders, developers, and an agricultural customer who shares the goal of producing clean sustainable energy from organic waste materials.”
Additional funding for the larger technology demonstration project includes a $2.6-million grant from the federal government through Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
About QUADROGEN POWER SYSTEMS INC.:
Quadrogen Power Systems Inc. designs, builds, and installs high performance biogas clean-up solutions capable of purifying renewable fuels from any source www.quadrogen.com
About THE BC BIOENERGY NETWORK: Established in April 2008 with a $25-million grant from the BC government, the BC Bioenergy Network is an industry-led association that acts as a catalyst for deploying near-term bioenergy technologies and organizing mission-driven research for the development and demonstration of sustainable world class bioenergy capability in B.C.www.bcbioenergy.ca