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Northstate Rendering Co Inc.
Anaerobic Digestion of Rendering Waste to Produce CNG Vehicle Fuel

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Northstate Rendering Company, Inc. is utilizing an Energy Commission grant to build an anaerobic digestion facility and biogas upgrading/compression system at their existing rendering facility in Oroville, CA. The facility will produce biogas that will be upgraded to a renewable natural gas (RNG) standard for use as a vehicle fuel for Northstate Rendering’s fleet of delivery trucks. The company will process waste that is often ignored in food production processes: dead dairy cows, slaughterhouse waste, and food processing waste. These materials have significant biogas production potential when anaerobically digested.

To complement the biomethane production facility, an onsite fueling station will feed the RNG to a fleet of 14 trucks used to haul waste products which will be retrofitted with compressed natural gas fueling systems.

Grant Amount

$5,456,150 from the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Match Funding

$5,456,150 from the project participants

Project Benefits

This project will result in the creation of 36 permanent jobs and retention of 2 jobs in Butte County where the unemployment rate is 13.4 percent, 38 percent higher than the national average of 9.7 percent. When the facility becomes operational over 370,000 gallons of diesel will be displaced, 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions will be reduced, and the feedstock that would normally end up in the landfill will be used to create a vehicle fuel. This project will promote broader adoption of waste-to-fuel systems by creating an integrated waste-to-vehicle fuel system to produce California-sourced fuel. The biomethane produced will reduce GHG emissions by approximately 80 percent.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-040

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