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Velocys in venture to turn landfill gas into fuel

A joint venture that includes a Plain City company will work to convert natural gas from landfills into liquid fuel.

The venture, announced yesterday, will team Velocys of Plain City with Waste Management and two other companies.

Velocys CEO Roy Lipski said in a statement that his company is pleased to join with the partners for “projects that promise to unlock the potential of landfill gas and biogas through the production of cost-effective renewable fuels and chemicals.”

His company, which was spun off from Columbus-based Battelle in 2001, has been developing small-scale refineries to turn natural gas into diesel fuel and other liquids. It has about 100 employees, about 60 of whom are in Plain City.

Waste Management operates the country’s largest network of landfills. It already has developed energy systems at 138 landfills, where it takes the naturally occurring gas and uses it to produce electricity. This latest venture will add a step to the process to make liquid fuel, which has a much higher market price than natural gas.

In addition to Velocys and Waste Management, the venture includes Ventech Engineers International, a designer and builder of refineries; and NRG Energy, an electricity supplier.

The venture will likely conduct its first project at a landfill near Oklahoma City, with a final decision to come this year, the participants said.




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