High Mountains Fuels, LLC Simi Valley Bio-LNG Production Plant
High Mountain Fuels, LLC (HMF) will produce transportation fuel from renewable landfill gas using second generation purification and liquefaction technologies. The resulting bio-LNG will fuel 500 waste hauling trucks. The project will take place at the Simi Valley landfill in Ventura County.
The second generation plant will use a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) system. PSA removes impurities from biomethane in one step, which reduces process energy by 25 to 35 percent and reduces annual maintenance costs by 20 percent.
The Energy Commission is providing $11 million.
The project team will provide $11 million.
Project partners are High Mountain Fuels, LLC, a joint venture of Waste Management Inc. and The Linde Group. Waste Management Inc. oversees operations at 273 active landfills within the U.S. Operations include waste reduction, recycling, energy recovery, and collection and disposal services. The company operates approximately 750 natural gas trucks in California. The Linde Group specializes in industrial gases, engineering, project development, plant operations, and logistics. It is a U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) Industry Partner and was Waste Management’s partner on the Altamont landfill project, which earned EPA’s 2009 LMOP Project of the Year award in the LNG category.
The project will produce nearly 6 million gallons of renewable bio-LNG per year; displace 3.43 million gallons of diesel fuel per year; reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions by over 36,000 metric tons per year; create 299 jobs in construction, production, engineering, management, and transportation; provide near-zero carbon bio-LNG renewable fuel for up to 500 heavy-duty LNG trucks; and provide California with a source of locally produced, renewable fuel.
Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-051