The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (CCEMC) on Dec. 4 joined Lethbridge Biogas LP at the opening of the largest anaerobic digester co-generation facility in Canada.
The facility currently has a generating capacity of 2.8 MW, which could be increased to as much as 4.2 MW in the future with the addition of new generating units.
“Alberta is one of the largest oil producing regions in the world and with sustainable projects like the Lethbridge Biogas plant and other biogas and renewable facilities, we will become a world leader in these technologies as well,” said Lethbridge Biogas President Thane Hurlburt.
“The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is pleased to see its investment spur broader adoption of technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta,” said CCEMC Chair Eric Newell.
The facility uses manure and other organic wastes to produce gas and generate electricity. It also provides a liquid fertilizer byproduct used by farmers in the region. The plant has the capacity to process more than 100,000 tonnes of organic waste on an annual basis.
The facility is unique in that it is a privately-owned, off-farm facility. Such facilities are typically developed by municipalities or to support large farming operations. The Lethbridge Bio Gas Cogeneration facility is also expected to become the first facility in Canada to incorporate patented thermal hydrolysis technology approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the destruction of prions that cause BSE in cattle.
“The returns on these facilities can’t compete with oil and gas so we needed to find partners who were interested in this type of venture,” said Lethbridge Biogas Director Stefan Michalski. “The CCEMC was a patient and understanding partner and made things happen.”
The CCEMC is a not-for-profit corporation that operates independently of government. The CCEMC focuses on stimulating transformative change by funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Alberta adapt to climate change. Funding for the organization is collected from industry.