Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) will deploy a pilot program to test new, environmentally safe biofuel in a pilot facility.
The pilot will test new biofuel that can be produced from natural gas as a renewable fuel source, according to a news release.
The project will cost about $25 million, and is designed to test the technology, which is being developed in partnership with the Virginia Department for Environmental Quality.
The program will start in late 2021 and run for one year.
TechCrunch has reached out to VDEQ for more information.
Tech Crunch: The project’s goal is to produce 100,000 liters per day of natural gas from natural-gas-derived ethanol, the release says.
The company expects the pilot will generate $2.5 million in revenue per year.
The VDEX program, which has been in place since 2019, aims to reduce emissions by about 20 percent by 2050.
Tech Insider: The biofuel could be used to help improve energy efficiency in existing cars, according the release.
TechRadar: The program is called BioFuel.
VDEq is seeking to test whether natural gas can be used as a biofuel.
The idea is that by reducing carbon emissions from natural gases produced during the fuel’s production, the resulting emissions can be significantly reduced, the company says.
TechRaptor: VDEP hopes to test out the technology in an existing facility, but also aims to test it in a new facility.
VDEP is also looking to scale the program to other areas of the state.
TechBurbs: The company says the new biofuels would help address the state’s energy and climate challenges.
TechSpot: The VDEP program is one of several that aim to help reduce emissions from existing cars and trucks, and reduce emissions of other pollutants.
TechBuffalo: The initiative aims to provide an alternative to traditional fuel for vehicles, which are used by about one-third of U.S. drivers, according TechBuffalor.
TechNews: The state has a number of programs aimed at addressing environmental problems, including the $1.6 billion Virginia Climate Action Program.
TechSciFi: VDEP also plans to use biofuel to help fight climate change.
TechFeed: The facility will use a new bio-fuel made from natural sources, which would be produced in a process that is similar to that of wood burning.
TechDigest: VEDP says the pilot is meant to help the state reduce emissions.
TechPitch: The firm hopes to scale up the program once the pilot has been completed, and will work with other agencies to expand the program.
TechBeat: VMDEC is seeking public feedback on the pilot program, and hopes to receive feedback from residents through the end of the pilot.
TechCulture: The announcement comes at the same time that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a pilot project to test renewable biofuers.