Sustainability of Life: Access to Energy
Sustainability does not only involve consideration for the future. Sustainability is the meeting of our own needs today, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs in the future.
In the developed world (the fortunate 1 billion), access to reliable energy maintains economic growth and social stability. This is not the case for the developing world. Most people in the developing world live in a state of energy poverty. They barely have enough energy to heat their homes or cook their food. Too many times, a choice has to be made between the two. Rarely is there reliable or affordable energy for economic growth and social stability. Without access to energy, the majority of the world will remain in a state of energy poverty.
We believe that our type-4 technology holds great potential to help reduce energy poverty in the world. Our CTMs will provide affordable access to natural gas using the world’s existing intermodal infrastructure. The ability to easily transport CTMs on a coastal feeder type of containership, then by truck for a relatively short distance to multiple communities in need of energy, will have a profound positive effect on the world.
We now know that the transition to renewable energy will take a long time. During this transition, the people of the world will still need energy. Preferably, affordable and reliable energy. CanaGas Incorporated will favour to provide low-cost natural gas transportation solutions to the developing world.
RNG as a Sustainable Fuel
We believe that over time, natural gas taken from reservoirs and shale deposits will give way to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) made at the surface. As our children’s children are educated on how to make and contain RNG, the sustainable production of natural gas will become common practice. We therefore believe that natural gas will be a forever fuel.
RNG is derived from biogas which, is produced from the decomposition of organic materials, food waste, and sewage. Food waste, and sewage are easily sourced in urban settings. However, large volumes of organic matter are more easily sourced in rural or remote locations. The largest sources being farms and forestry operations. Manure from animals is one of the largest potential sources for biogas throughout the world.
RNG is growing fast in the developed world. However, most new bio-digesters and CO2 extraction facilities are established where there is an existing tie-in to a natural gas distribution line. The collected CO2 is then trucked to a sequestration site.
The current practice leaves an enormous amount of potential biogas from decaying biomass from being captured and used, especially in rural and remote locations. Instead, that decaying biomass emits massive amounts of methane and CO2 into the atmosphere; a very large source of greenhouse gas emissions. If we can capture and contain that biogas, and use the produced methane to empower rural and remote communities, we could significantly reduce energy poverty in the world. And, drive towards net zero. This is an environmental problem that we believe can be turned into a Sustainable Solution.
Using our patented type-4 pressure vessels, stored in a CTM, dehydrated biogas will stored as a liquid by compressing it to 90 Bar and chilling it to only -30 C.
To separate out the liquid CO2 from the biogas, we have developed a low-cost and easy-to-use technology. The CO2 would be released to atmosphere. The self-made bio-methane could then be burned in a standard engine to create power. Power from sustainable energy. Even after the bio-methane is burned and the CO2 released, the net effect is carbon neutral!
Where the separated CO2 can be sequestered or utilized, the produced bio-methane would become carbon-negative. This could be attained where the biogas was trucked to a central CO2 extraction facility. The separated CO2 would then be trucked for sequestration. The bio-methane would be sold for top dollar.
As the RNG produced at an upgrade facility would already be cold, it may be further chilled to be liquefied as P-LNG for transport. That chill energy could be pulled from the CO2 that was removed at the facility. Energy transferred is not lost.
However, if the bio-methane from several farms is used to generate electricity to their own micro-grid, they will help to achieve carbon negative self sustainability. And share in the carbon credits.
With a focus on making the world a better place to live, both today and tomorrow, CanaGas Incorporated is proud of its environmental and sustainability governance. When looking to the horizon, we keep a balanced view between environmental protection and the sustainability of people. In looking beyond the horizon, we plan, strive, and hope, that the two will become one.