Renovare Fuels, a London-based company, has unveiled plans for a £9 million biogas-to-biofuel plant at a waste site in County Derry, Northern Ireland. The Craigmore operation aims to convert biogas from landfill into biofuel, marking a pioneering effort in Europe.
Renovare anticipates supplying multinational petrochemical and airline companies with the advanced renewable biofuels produced at the facility, which is set to open later this year.
Partnering with Larne's B9 Energy and Wigan consultancy firm Powerhouse Management, Renovare is leveraging patented technology developed in collaboration with NASA. The plant, developed in the US in partnership with sister company T2C Energy, NASA, and the US Department of Energy, is expected to produce close to two million litres of advanced renewable biofuels annually.
Renovare asserts that the biofuel will serve as a ‘drop-in' replacement for diesel and aviation fuel, eliminating the need for engine modifications. The company claims that this substitution could potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 97%.
Matthew Stone, Chairman of Renovare Fuels, expressed enthusiasm about commencing operations in Northern Ireland, emphasizing the strategic investment's role in advancing sustainability in the transport sector. Stone highlighted the opportunity to scale up the UK's production of renewable fuels, supporting industries facing significant barriers in the transition to net-zero.
Ian Harvey, Founder of B9 Energy Control Limited, noted the significance of supporting Renovare Fuels' landmark investment, envisioning Northern Ireland as a key player in facilitating businesses' transition to net-zero. The operations in County Derry are seen as a catalyst for initiating a sustainable fuels drive across the UK, aligning with broader climate goals.