Northland Industrial Specialties
January 10, 2022

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) – What It Is & Benefits

The Future of Energy: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Solar and wind power often steal the spotlight in the quest for cleaner, more sustainable energy sources. However, an underrepresented player in the renewable energy sector, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), is gaining traction due to its unique attributes and benefits. Let’s delve deeper into RNG, exploring its production process, applications, and many benefits it brings.

What is RNG?

While fossil fuels have long been the primary source for natural gas, they are not the only source of decomposing organic matter capable of producing this valuable resource. RNG, or biogas, comes from decomposing organic matter in landfills. However, it must be cleaned of non-methane chemicals to convert the raw biogas into Renewable Natural Gas suitable for standard uses.

RNG production is not limited to landfills. It’s generated from an array of biogas sources including municipal landfills, wastewater treatment plants, livestock farms, food production facilities, and organic waste management operations. With similar properties to traditional natural gas, RNG can replace fossil fuels in a variety of applications like vehicle fuel, thermal heating, and electricity generation, thereby extending its utility significantly.

The Multitude of Advantages that RNG Offers

RNG brings with it a plethora of advantages ranging from environmental to economical. Here are some of the significant benefits of harnessing RNG:

Boost to Domestic Energy Production

RNG can be produced from a wide array of organic waste sources, enabling domestic production. This lessens reliance on foreign oil, fortifying national energy security, and creating jobs in the burgeoning green energy sector.

Economic Viability of RNG

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is much more than an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuels; it’s also a catalyst for economic growth and development.

Local Job Creation

RNG production is an intensive process that requires significant manpower at every stage, from collecting organic waste to operating and maintaining processing plants. This need for labor translates to the creation of local jobs, fostering growth in the communities where RNG facilities are based. Employment opportunities can span various sectors, from engineering to logistics, and from facility operations to waste management.

Stimulating the Local Economy

Beyond direct job creation, the Renewable Natural Gas industry can also stimulate the local economy indirectly. New facilities often lead to increased demand for local services and infrastructure, supporting a broad spectrum of local businesses. For instance, the construction of new RNG processing facilities can boost local construction, transportation, and services industries.

Government Incentives and Policies

Many governments worldwide recognize the potential of RNG in meeting environmental goals and promoting energy independence. As a result, they offer various incentives to RNG producers, such as tax credits, grants, and feed-in tariffs. These incentives lower the financial barriers to entry and can make investments in RNG production more attractive. They also stimulate innovation by encouraging companies to develop more efficient and cost-effective RNG production technologies.

Market Opportunities and Future Prospects

RNG opens new market opportunities as the demand for clean, renewable energy sources increases. Companies that invest in RNG production can access these growing markets and position themselves at the forefront of the renewable energy industry. Furthermore, as more stringent environmental regulations are introduced and the cost of carbon emissions increases, RNG can offer a cost-effective solution for companies required to reduce their carbon footprint.

Investing in RNG is not just about environmental sustainability; it’s also about economic resilience. By harnessing the potential of Renewable Natural Gas, we can create new jobs, stimulate local economies, encourage innovation, and open up new markets while also making significant strides towards a more sustainable and energy-independent future.

Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

One of RNG’s key environmental benefits is its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike fossil fuels, the biomass sources used for RNG are already releasing methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. By capturing and using this methane as RNG, we’re preventing it from contributing to atmospheric greenhouse gas levels. Additionally, RNG combustion results in a reduction of its greenhouse gas potency by over 20 percent.

Improvement in Waste Management

RNG production aids in waste management by harnessing agricultural and landfill waste, thus mitigating potential environmental hazards like toxic run-off into waterways and groundwater contamination. This process of transforming waste into energy saves on production and waste disposal costs and aligns with circular economy principles, making Renewable Natural Gas a sustainable energy choice.

Consistent Availability

Unlike solar and wind power, which are dependent on environmental factors such as sunlight and wind speed, RNG production requires organic waste material. This waste is consistently available, making RNG a more reliable energy source that can be produced and used on demand, 24/7.

Investing in RNG production requires robust, flexible, and efficient infrastructure. Northland Industrial Specialties excels in providing custom-built modular facilities designed to support RNG production and operations. Our expertise spans across multiple energy sectors, including RNG, ensuring our clients get highly tailored solutions that meet their unique needs. Whether you’re planning to venture into Renewable Natural Gas or seeking to optimize your current operations, our modular facilities can be the game-changer you need. Contact us today to discuss your project and learn how we can help you harness the full potential of Renewable Natural Gas.

Northland Industrial Specialties

Northland Industrial Specialties is a leading manufacturer of custom-made, modular facilities for industries ranging from oil and gas to renewable energy and modular farming. With over 25+ years of experience, Northland's commitment to delivering innovative, high-quality solutions has made them a trusted partner in energy, industrial, and municipal industries worldwide. Northland's wide-ranging expertise and customer-centric approach ensure tailor-made solutions that meet and exceed client expectations every time.