Several California landfills have introduced technology to capture the landfill gas then purify and liquefy the methane for use in natural gas engines. It’s hard to imagine a move that could be better for the environment than this. Now four B.C. firms would like to do the same in their own province.
(Logan Lake, BC) – Westport Innovations Inc., QuestAir Technologies Inc., Highland Valley Copper and Sperling Hansen Associates today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue the use of landfill gas to fuel a low-emission heavy-duty truck fleet to transport municipal solid waste between the proposed landfill at the Highland Valley Copper mine and the Lower Mainland.
The Clean Air Transportation Corridor would convert landfill gas into liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel a fleet of heavy-duty trucks equipped with commercially available Westport ISX G and LNG Systems from BC-based Westport Innovations Inc. Technology to purify the landfill gas into pipeline-quality LNG is to be supplied by QuestAir Technologies Inc.
"Using landfill gas instead of diesel to fuel our truck fleet builds on our commitment to deliver an innovative and environmentally sustainable solid waste management solution to communities in the Interior and the Lower Mainland," said Mark Freberg, Superintendent, Environment and Community Affairs with Highland Valley Copper
But why stop at refuse trucks? Why not other heavy duty transport in B.C. And that is exactly what these companies have in mind.
Not unlike plans to develop a Hydrogen Highway on the west coast, with fueling infrastructure to be established between the Interior and the Lower Mainland, the Clean Air Transportation Corridor could also run north to Prince George and on to Fort St. John to service the truck fleets that travel the route on a daily basis. Abundant, made-in-BC LNG could supply the fuel for the northern leg of the Corridor, providing a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable clean transportation solution for trucking in B.C.