The company is planning to begin construction on its biogas upgrading facility in December


Aemetis secured nearly 50% of total projects awarded in 2020 DDRDP grant cycle. (Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay.)

Aemetis Biogas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aemetis, has secured $7.8m in grants for the second phase of renewable natural gas (RNG) dairy digester project in the US.

The funding was awarded in matching grants through the 2020 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP).

Aemetis has secured nearly 50% of the total projects awarded in the 2020 DDRDP grant cycle.

The programme provides funding for the installation of dairy digesters in California that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the production of RNG for transportation fuel.

Aemetis completed two digesters and 6.4km of private pipeline

Through the 2018 DDRDP grant cycle, Aemetis secured $3.1m in grants for the dairy digesters.

The funding was utilised for the completion of two digesters and 6.4km of private pipeline under the first phase of its 18 dairy digester cluster.

Aemetis chairman and CEO Eric McAfee said: “We’re grateful to the CDFA for their strong demonstration of confidence in our 18 dairy RNG dairy digester project.

“After completing phase one of our project in just over one year, we’re poised to quickly accelerate the construction and operation of 16 additional digesters and 25 miles of private pipeline by mid-2022.

“The combined project will annually displace approximately 6.9 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel fuel, eliminate approximately 2.6 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents, and create over 100 project related jobs in California’s Central Valley.”

Additionally, the company is planning to commence construction on its biogas upgrading facility next month.

It expects that the facility will allow the company to inject RNG into PG&E’s natural gas pipeline by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

Furthermore, Aemetis also expects to offer R-CNG truck fleet fuelling at the Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes ethanol bio refinery in the second quarter of next year.