The project, which also includes researchers from Cornell University, Virginia Tech and Argonne National Laboratory, will develop a technology to upgrade the biogas produced from wastewater bioenergy recovery systems into a gas with more than 95% CH4, or methane.
Also known as biomethane or renewable natural gas (RNG), this high-CH4 gas can be used directly as fuel or can be fed into a gas pipeline, turning “waste” into a commodity.
Ultimately, the project aims to deliver a scalable technology that can upgrade current biogas systems, acting as a bridge to push basic research toward further technological development.
In addition to research partners, Anheuser-Busch InBev will be involved in the early stages as an industrial partner.
The research team also includes Fangqiong Ling, an assistant professor, and Benjamin Kumfer, a research assistant professor, both in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at McKelvey Engineering.