Quantum Fuel Systems (Quantum), an industry leader in alternative fuel systems for the automotive and heavy duty industries, announced today that Quantitative BioSciences, Inc. (QBI) is partnering with and purchasing the company’s newest 10’ Virtual Pipeline trailers to be used in a dairy biogas project.
QBI, with funding from the California Energy Commission, has partnered with the family owned and operated Fiscalini Cheese Company in Modesto, California, to develop a biofuels production facility that will purify and compress the biomethane from anaerobic digesters into vehicle fuel. Adding to the environmental benefits of the project, simple raceway algae ponds will be used to clean the farm’s wastewater, consume the carbon dioxide from the biogas, and grow renewable algae biomass to supplement the feed for the farm’s cows. The goal of the project is to make 450 Diesel Gallon Equivalent (DGE) of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) per day and to demonstrate that algae can help a farm extract the maximum value from its waste by converting it to both fuel and feed.
“We are going to be producing enough fuel for 10-20 trucks per day, and we were looking for a way to get this fuel to a local CNG fleet via a virtual pipeline. Quantum’s trailers provided the perfect solution,” commented Natalie Cookson, CEO of QBI. “As California faces increasing strains on both our finite energy resources and limited water supplies, we are hoping to demonstrate ways in which a farm can maximize its resources and become increasingly self-sufficient. Our forward-thinking partners at Fiscalini Cheese Company are very excited to serve as the demonstration site for this “farm of the future” concept.”
“We are excited to provide a way for captured biomethane to be easily stored and transported,” said Mark Arold, president, Quantum Fuel Systems LLC. “There is an abundance of dairy waste producing biomethane on farms all over the country. As more farms realize the benefits of capturing and selling this gas as fuel, our trailers will help bring more Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to market”.
Quantum’s 10-foot modular container has a gaseous capacity of approximately 83,635 Standard Cubic Feet (SCF) and weighs less than 9,000 pounds empty, and less than 12,500 pounds fully loaded. It is equipped with 8 (or 6) Type 4 CNG tanks and can be towed by a ¾-ton pickup truck. The VPLite6/8 is available now in the United States and will be certified for use in Canada soon with worldwide availability to follow.
To learn more about this project or how Quantum can support your alternative fuel needs, stop by Booth #912 at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo (ACT) in Long Beach, CA April 24-25.
About Quantum Fuel Systems LLC
Quantum Fuel Systems LLC is engineering the future of alternative fuel storage by designing, developing and bringing innovative transport trailers, and industry-leading Type 4 cylinders for CNG, RNG and hydrogen to market. Quantum is at the forefront of the industry with decades of experience in gaseous fuel storage and systems solutions. Learn more at www.qtww.com.
About Quantitative BioSciences Inc.
Quantitative BioSciences Inc. has combined synthetic biology, customized cell measurement technologies, and a powerful suite of computational tools to create a new biosensing paradigm with applications from environmental monitoring to remote experimentation. They worked closely with a dairy for several years to develop a sustainable solution to their wastewater treatment needs. Recently they formed a new partnership with a dairy in Modesto, California, where they are expanding both the scale and scope of the waste-to-algae operation. Using existing anaerobic digesters, they are splitting the raw biogas into purified biomethane, to be used as a vehicle fuel, and carbon dioxide, to boost algae biomass feed generation. Learn more at www.qbisci.com