Winners included four biogas systems and one technology innovation recognized for their contributions to the growth of the U.S. biogas industry.
In addition, 16 projects received the ABC's annual longevity awards which are earned by biogas systems that have been continuously operating for more than five or ten years.
New this year, ABC recognized thirteen projects with a hospitality award for biogas systems who regularly welcome policymakers and other visitors for the purpose of education.
The award ceremony followed the announcement of eight projects which made the ABC's shortlist, the finalists for the Biogas Industry Awards--all laudable in their own right.
"Our awards this year recognize projects that are great examples for future projects a great new tool for finding nutrient recovery technologies and a champion for the biogas industry," remarked, ABC executive director, Patrick Serfass. "We are so proud to be awarding these shining stars of the industry."
Biogas systems turn organic material into soil amendments and gaseous fuel by using anaerobic digestion, a natural, biological process in a sealed tank. There are more than 2,200 operational biogas systems in the U.S. today with the potential for over 13,500 new systems to be built.
1. Projects of the Year
Agriculture - Optima KV
Optima KV is bestowed the distinction of the American Biogas Council 2018 Biogas Project of the Year Award for the innovative aggregation of multiple farms and digesters to create economical pipeline quality biogas for purchase by a gas utility.
Merchant - Zanesville Energy
Zanesville Energy is bestowed the distinction of the American Biogas Council 2018 Biogas Project of the Year Award for its roles as a testing platform for biogas system innovations and, most recently, for facilitating new, closed loop agricultural production.
Municipal - The Warrior Project
The Warrior Project is bestowed the distinction of the American Biogas Council 2018 Biogas Project of the Year Award for its use of diverse feedstocks at a wastewater digester and its unique biogas use --to make methanol for export to Europe.
Breakthrough - The CR&R Anaerobic Digestion Facility
The CR&R Anaerobic Digestion Facility is bestowed the distinction of the American Biogas Council 2018 Biogas Project of the Year Award for the breakthrough volumes of food waste and yard waste it processes, its successful connection to the California natural gas grid and its founding role in the Digestate Certification Program.
2. Innovation of the Year
DMT - CGS Project w/ AMP CNG
The DMT - CGS Project w/ AMP CNG is bestowed the distinction of the American Biogas Council 2018 Innovation of the Year Award for combining two technologies for biogas upgrading that work well independently, but in combination create an order of magnitude improvement in overall efficiency and cost.
3. Longevity Awards 5+ Years
- Alliance Dairies
- Buckeye BioGas
- Collinwood BioEnergy
- Edaleen Cow Power
- Four Hills Farm
- Gardeau Crest Farms
- Limelakes Energy
- Storms Hog Energy, LLC
- Synergy Biogas
- Three Creek BioEnergy
- Willet Dairy - Belltow
- WTE - Dairyland
- WTE - Dallmann
- WTE - Deer Run
- WTE - Wakker
- Longevity Awards 10+ Years
- FPE Renewables
- Bar-Way Farm
- Blue Line Biogenic CNG Facility
- CR&R Anaerobic Digester Facility
- DC Water 6. East Bay Municipal Utility District
- Edaleen Cow Power
- Mike McCloskey - Fair Oaks Farms
- The City of Gresham Cogen and FOG Receiving Station Expansion Project
- FPE Renewables
- Philadelphia Water Department
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh- Allen Farm Digester
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation - Rosedale Biodigester
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Urban Anaerobic Dry Digester