A new report is touting the use biogas from organic wastes as a transportation fuel.
Energy Vision, a New York-based energy research organization, and CALSTART, a clean transportation technologies consortium, is out with "Renewable Natural Gas (RNG): The Solution to a Major Transportation Challenge."
"Today we can turn this country's expensive organic waste burden into a clean vehicle fuel solution," said Energy Vision President Joanna Underwood in a statement. "Waste biogases can also be used to generate power and heat homes; but other renewable energy sources can meet those needs."
RNG is made from organic wastes deposited in oxygen-free environments including landfills or anaerobic digesters. The wastes decompose and gases that can be collected and refined into a fuel similar to fossil natural gas, Energy Vision said.
"Communities of 40,000 or more may generate enough organics to produce fuel for their bus and truck fleets and more. But smaller communities, which have neighboring towns and nearby dairies, hotels, food processing plants or other organic waste sources, should begin to join together and explore pooling their wastes and investing in production of the fuel," Underwood said in the statement.