U.S. public-private cooperation funds biogas production & upgrading
Xebec Adsorption Inc. announced its inclusion in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) US$24 million commitment to a public-private collaboration funding 77 energy technology projects. One of these initiatives includes the collaboration of Xebec, Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) and a California treatment facility, and is being conducted through Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) by lead researcher Sarah Baker.
The $500,000 grant to the LLNL will be used to develop and seek to commercialize their composite sorbent technology to more effectively remove CO2 from biogas. This proposed technology has the potential for significant improvements over the current state-of-the-art adsorbents used for biogas upgrading. Xebec will play an important advisory role with their expertise in sorbents and biomethane production. Also, there is the opportunity to commercialize the technology in a small-scale biogas upgrading plant if proven successful in early stages.
“Technology transfer is an essential component of our mission at DOE, helping ensure we deliver the maximum return on the investment of the American taxpayer,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Through the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), we are connecting entrepreneurs in the private sector with researchers at our National Labs to help deliver the innovations and technologies that will keep our nation secure, competitive, and energy abundant.”
“LLNL is excited to work with Xebec, who has decades of experience with biogas upgrading technology, to rigorously test LLNL’s biogas upgrading materials and move them toward commercialization,” said Sarah Baker, Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
“We are proud to be working alongside LLNL and SoCalGas to research how new sorbents can enable more economical biomethane production. This is the first time Xebec has participated in a DOE funded project, and we look forward to vigorously testing LLNL’s biogas upgrading materials. The renewable natural gas industry is seeing unprecedented growth and cost reduction will be important in developing the market further,” added Dr. Prabhu Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Xebec Adsorption Inc.