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Xebec technology powers California energy project

Xebec Adsorption Inc.’s biogas technology has launched the first renewable energy project in California to purify biogas from a wastewater treatment facility.


February 8, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

BLAINVILLE, Que.: Xebec Adsorption Inc.’s biogas technology has launched the first renewable energy project in California to purify biogas from a wastewater treatment facility.

A new biogas purification plant at the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility in Escondido, Calif. is a joint project of the city, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy) and Xebec, which handled the engineering, procurement, construction and management for the US$2.7 million project.

Escondido now has the potential to produce enough natural gas to serve 1,200 homes, said Kurt Sorschak, president and CEO of Xebec, a Montreal-based provider of biogas upgrading, natural gas and hydrogen purification systems.

Normally the gas is burned off and released into the atmosphere, a process that generates greenhouse gas emissions. Xebec said the Escondido facility helps California meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard goal of generating 33% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

California is showing growing interest in using biogas as a source of renewable energy and Xebec is counting on biogas produced by wastewater treatment facilities as a major source of untapped renewable energy. The US has approximately 16,000 facilities, and 540 of them are large enough to warrant biogas use, but only two currently produce renewable gas.

Xebec said the purified gas at the Escondido site will be monitored and tested over the next 12 months for potential injection into the natural gas pipeline system.
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