The collaboration – recognized by ABC for its innovation in the US biogas industry and the global energy landscape – is the first to use renewable biogas to generate electricity from fuel cells to power a micro- on-site network and a fleet of electric vehicles (EV).
This facility addresses the challenges posed by dairy biogas to the atmosphere, as this waste contains up to 65% methane, and transforms what would otherwise be waste into clean energy. Bloom Energy and CalBio have combined a methane digester, a gas cleaning skid and Bloom Energy’s pioneering non-combustion fuel cell technology, to provide Bar 20 with an end-to-end waste-to-power solution. This solution captures methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere during the clean, on-site power generation process with a negative carbon intensity score.
“We are honored to have our work in this space recognized by the American Biogas Council and the Center for Innovation for US Dairy, as this project with CalBio and Bar 20 Dairy Farms exemplifies Bloom’s abilities to create abundant, clean energy. which can evolve to meet needs. urban and rural areas,” said Chuck Moesta, vice president of gas management at Bloom Energy. “Fuel cells play a pivotal role in the fight against climate change, and the Bloom Energy Server’s fuel flexibility allows operations of all sizes to make smart decisions about how they get their energy – and in the case of biogas, we enable the capability of a closed-loop clean energy system.
“It is an honor to recognize Bloom Energy and CalBio for innovating as the first to use renewable biogas to generate electricity from fuel cells to power an onsite microgrid and fleet of electric vehicles,” said Patrick Serfass, executive director of ABC. “They are a shining example of the spirit of innovation that is fueling the massive growth of biogas in America and around the world, as well as the commitment to solving complex energy and environmental challenges with sustainable solutions that benefit everyone. “
At Bar 20, Bloom’s energy servers are designed to generate enough electricity with the on-site biogas supply to run the gas cleaning skid, to meet the farm’s energy needs and to return the excess electricity to the network in order to deploy it to charging stations for electric vehicles. across California. This model can be replicated on dairy farms across the country, providing farms with energy and cost resilience. Dairy farms that supply renewable electricity to charge electric vehicles in California, like Bar 20 does, can participate in the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program, providing a new revenue opportunity for farmers while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Biogas from California dairy farms has the potential to generate more than 300 MW of electricity, which is equivalent to powering approximately 600,000 electric vehicles, each traveling 15,000 miles per year.