The first commercially produced liquid fuel from landfill gas has been announced by Gasrec, BOC and Sita UK.
Liquid Biomethane (LBM), which has been produced by the Gasrec plant at Sitas Albury landfill site in Surrey, could be a future alternative to petrol.
As well as being a renewable fuel, developers said using LBM instead of petrol could save as much as 70% in CO2 emissions. It can be used in vehicles that already use compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas.
The plant officially opens tomorrow (June 24), but the partnership has already signed a deal with bulk transporters the Hardstaff Group to supply fuel for its commercial vehicles.
Gasrec chief executive Richard Lilleystone said: There are other companies using landfill gas. But were the first to commercially produce the liquid.
Talking about further developments he said: We are also looking at taking gas from digesters, like anaerobic digesters (AD), [to make fuel] as we see this as the future.
He said the partnership was already looking at putting in applications for substantial AD sites in the UK.
He said the use of gas from AD plants would provide a virtuous circle, taking food waste from food producers and supermarkets then supplying them with fuel.
With this virtuous circle we offer fuel cost stability with fixed prices and security of supply as well as a reduced carbon footprint, Lilleystone said.
Weve also had substantial interest from abroad, so theres the opportunity to develop this technology domestically then export, he added.
Gasrec has been working with BOC and Sita since 2002 to develop an LBM facility at Albury to recover more than 85% of the methane from raw gas produced by landfill.