Long a central figure in the natural gas industry, TerraVest is taking their diversified capabilities to support the global movement to carbon neutrality with a new Renewables Division. Launched in 2021, TerraVest Renewables is focused on offering integrated clean energy solutions to produce RNG from organic waste and alternative fuels from gas recovery projects.
“TerraVest has a strong history in natural gas and energy processing and we recognize that we all have to do our part if we are to reach net zero GHG emissions by 2050,” said Jason Bridges, General Manager for TerraVest Renewables. “For TerraVest, this meant expanding into clean energy, which is a natural progression with our core strengths.”
What TerraVest does well and is a noted award-winning industry leader, is the design and manufacturing of gas processing equipment and storage vessels for natural gases and fuels. With more than a dozen vertically integrated manufacturing facilities across North America, the company can supply robust and reliable equipment designed to exacting project specifications at industry-leading costs. This strong geographic reach also means they can fabricate, ship and service essential process equipment to meet the time sensitive project schedules and requirements of their clients.
Packaging the equipment is a team of process engineers with deep gas processing expertise. Collectively, the team has more than 25 years of experience in the renewable energy sector providing engineering design, project management, equipment procurement, installation, commissioning and ongoing technical support.
Notable projects the team has worked on include:
- The largest RNG facility in Canada where landfill biogas is upgraded for pipeline injection.
- A facility that produces RNG compliant with Southern California Gas Company’s strict Rule 30 gas quality specifications.
- The first closed-loop processing facility in North America that produces RNG from organic waste for its fleets and the district energy grid.
- A facility that takes wastewater sludge and organic matter to enable this municipality to be the first in this Canadian province to produce RNG for its own use with surplus sold to the local pipeline.
These projects are diverse, utilizing various commercially proven biogas upgrading technologies on their own or in combination to clean raw biogas to produce high-quality RNG to power our heating and transportation needs.
|Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA)
Adsorbing media attracts or adsorbs biogas impurities under high pressure
Uses polymeric membranes to separate impurities from raw biogas
Highly pressurized water is used to scrub and absorb impurities from biogas
Scrubbing solvent is used to adsorb impurities that are later desorbed through heating
Likewise, these projects are sited at a variety of biogas applications where materials management and climate goals go hand in hand. It is a confluence of environmental and circular economies to take waste and capture and make use of methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere which contributes to GHG emissions.
TerraVest also offers an extensive geographic transportation infrastructure to provide dependable solutions to compress, store and transport your low carbon fuels and gases. If the RNG is not being injected into a local grid, it can be shipped to a CNG fueling station.
“With the transition to both minimum renewable fuel blending requirements for natural gas companies and transportation fuels with lower carbon intensity intensifying, we are seeing strong demand for RNG,” adds Bridges. “It also just makes sense to take the large amount of organic waste that is being generated on a daily basis and turn it into something useful that has a positive environmental impact.”
This strong demand for RNG has seen TerraVest Renewables already receive its first contract for a biogas upgrading system. Located in Western Canada, the facility will have the capacity to produce up to 1,200 Nm3/h of RNG for injection into the local natural gas grid.
Renewable energy is a key element in the path to net zero emissions by 2050. Are you ready to do your part?