Invited Session: Energy Recovery

Conversion of LFG and Biogas to Drop-in Diesel (0.5 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
15:30 – 16:00
Room 320

Moderator: Tim Mitchell, Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., Pennsylvania

The agricultural and landfill industries make up 29 percent of the U.S. methane emissions. Methane is considered a greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming/climate change. Additionally, these two industries are heavy consumers of fossil fuels and in the U.S. alone, consumed 4.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually making up 6.9 percent of the total U.S. diesel consumption. None of the commercial scale waste-to-energy technologies use the CO2 portion of the biogas and simply allow the CO2 to either pass through or be separated from the CH4 and emitted to the atmosphere. This presentation introduces a new catalytic technology (TRIFTS) capable of utilizing both the CO2 and CH4 portions of biogas and incorporates them into the hydrocarbon backbone of the final product of the process (diesel). This renewable source of diesel resembles its petroleum counterpart both physically and chemically and can be used in current day engines with no engine modifications necessary. The heavy equipment and waste hauling trucks can therefore unload and refuel at the same landfill site with a renewable diesel fuel derived from the very waste they hauled. Thus a closed loop process is created from feedstock to end point user.

By attending this presentation, participants will better be able to evaluate new technology developments in the waste-to-energy sector. Participants will gain a better understanding of what future waste-to-energy projects are capable of and how they compare to current waste-to-energy technologies.


Timothy Roberge, Vice President, Corporate Development, T2C-Energy, Florida

Tim Roberge

Timothy Roberge is the VP of Corporate Development and co-founder of the US Based company T2C-Energy. His background includes seven years in fuel production, cleanup and generation. In 2010 he began work on his master’s thesis involving research and design on the sulfur tolerance of catalyst for biomass generated synthesis gas. After graduating with his MS in 2012, he worked at Occidental Petroleum on numerous successful projects in fuel production. While working in the oil and gas industry, he continued his efforts in providing sustainable energy to the waste sector. In 2016 he began working full time for T2C-Energy. His passion is in the simplicity, yet the complexity of life. His motto is, “I’m just a beneficiary of someone else’s genius, now try making someone else a beneficiary of yours.” Currently he is trying to do just that by serving as the CFO/VP Corp Development with a focus on developing T2C-Energy’s Biogas to Drop-in Diesel Fuel technology.