Quantum Fuel Systems teams with Quantitative BioSciences on pipeline for dairy biogas project

April 22, 2019 |

In California, Quantum Fuel Systems (Quantum) announced 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.”

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