May 28, 2020

Seabreeze Farm Updates RNG Equipment with DMT.

Delta, B.C., CanadaDMT Clear Gas Solutions, a leading technology supplier in biogas upgrading and gas desulfurization, announces Seabreeze Farm, a third-generation dairy farm owned by the Keulen family, will update their Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) equipment using DMT’s three-stage membrane separation system. Expected completion of the biogas upgrading project is also set for beginning of next year.

“We are excited and looking forward to installing the DMT system on our farm.”

Jerry Keulen, Owner of Seabreeze Farm

RNG Pioneers in Canada

As pioneers of producing RNG in Canada, Seabreeze Farm made headlines back in 2015 when they announced they combined anaerobic digestion with a biogas upgrading plant. The farm’s decision to update their biogas upgrading equipment reflects what analysts have witnessed over the last five years. Particularly that membrane separation is the prevalent technology used in North America’s RNG industry.

“This project marks the introduction of the Carborex®MS, our innovative membrane separation technology, into the Canadian market. Seabreeze Farm will find that our membrane system is easier to operate. This will free up time originally spent on operation and maintenance.”

Robert Lems, General Manager of DMT Clear Gas Solutions

The project will upgrade 180 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM) of biogas to produce more than 98 percent RNG. Additionally, the RNG will be sold to FortisBC, a natural gas and electricity utility servicing over 1.2 million customers in British Columbia. Following direct injection into their natural gas system, FortisBC will operate the interconnection, monitor the gas quality and distribute this renewable energy to B.C.’s residents and businesses who chose to subscribe to the RNG program.

“Renewable Natural Gas is a crucial component of our 30BY30 target, which is our goal to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Increasing the amount of renewable gases in our infrastructure is paramount to a lower carbon future and I want to thank Seabreeze Farm and DMT Clear Gas Solutions for their leadership in climate action.”

Scott Gramm, Manager of RNG Supply with FortisBC

Seabreeze Farm Results

This RNG project uses dairy manure produced by 250 cows and 12,000 annual tons of off-farm organics. As a result of the Seabreeze Farm project, the RNG produced is enough to heat approximately 350 homes. Moreover, Canada’s production of biogas from all major sources, including agricultural organics, municipal wastewater, landfill gas, and separated source organics, is equivalent to 3 percent of the country’s natural gas demand (Source: Canadian Biogas Association).

“RNG can be a great opportunity for B.C. farmers. It has been a real pleasure working with Seabreeze Farm to help them select a new biogas upgrader and improve their anaerobic digestion plant.”

Matt Dickson, Managing Director of Hallbar Consulting Inc.

Renewable Natural Gas is an affordable, safe, and reliable waste-derived fuel that is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas. As pipeline quality gas, RNG uses include powering homes, businesses and even vehicles. RNG is in fact renewable energy. Furthermore, the benefits of RNG include the:

  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,
  • Increased domestic energy security,
  • Improved waste management,
  • New revenue sources for farmers, and
  • More jobs in rural areas.

Author: Missy Lee