Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Verdek Forecast on the Future of Biogas Industry

Biogas Industry – 2017 Overview

We wish you a great year in the natural gas industry. While we write, oil prices have gone up to $53 and we see a consistent tren upward. In our first newsletter of 2017 we have decided to discuss the Biogas industry which has shown great growing potential.  We see more investments in bio-digesters across the Country and several State governments are encouraging private investments in renewable energy.
The food processing industry has the opportunity to convert its waste into energy, towns can have their food waste, green waste and septic tank sludge treated by locally rather than having to sent it for disposal.
We are big producers of waste and the Biogas industry can help converting waste into clean energy; bio digesters generate raw biogas with a content of methane ranging from 50% to 75%.

Verdek Biogas Solutions
Verdek offers integrated solutions for Biogas treatment. The flowchart below shows the steps that the raw gas follows from the bio-digester.  Our solution efficiently resolves the challenge of cleaning the raw biogas, it requires a small footprint  and feature a modular design for easy installation and organic growth.

Raw Gas Treatment
Galileo ZTPS treatment modules process the raw gas and separate the RNG (renewable natural gas) which can be used in a variety of applications such as fuel for transportation or energy generation. The waste gas is further processed to extract beverage grade CO2. Depending on the location we can offer a variety of handling solutions for RNG produced by the digester.

     Galileo ZTPS – Raw Gas Treatment Plant

Pipeline Injection
The gas produced by the treatment plant is pipeline grade and it can be injected into a pipeline at the digester site or at a remote location. Our Galileo equipment is capable or regulating the injection pressure required by the pipeline.  If there is no pipeline on site there are various options that we can offer to handle the gas depending on the final utilization.

Natural Gas Compression (CNG) or Liquefaction (LNG)
We determine the most appropriate way to treat the gas based on its total volume and the distance from its final utilization. For distances under 200-250 miles, generally it is more convenient to produce CNG. For distances over 250 miles it is better to consider producing LNG.

CNG production
Depending on the volume to be treated we offer a full range of compressors with flow rates from 0.5 to 20+ GGE/min. The Nanobox, the Microbox and the Gigabox compressors are totally integrated and can be installed on a small footprint. They are placed on a concrete pad and they can be quickly set up after connecting them to the power supply and the gas lines. The modularity of these units allows an organic growth and a continuous and rapid alignment of gas production and processing capacity. The unique design of all our equipment allows a quick relocation if the project requires it.

      Galileo Microbox

LNG Production
If the specific project requires the liquefaction of the natural gas produced by the digester, the Cryobox is the most versatile solution. One unit can produce 10,000 Gallons of LNG/day. Like for the Microbox and Gigabox the Cryobox can offer modularity and flexibility. It can be easily moved to a different location when required.

    Galileo Cryobox

Virtual Pipeline CNG
Once the CNG or LNG is produced we can transport it with our Virtual Pipeline, the most effective solution to move the gas to final location. The MATs are designed to hold various quantities: 430 GGE, 700 GGE, 1,800 GGE of gas at 3,600 psi. If the gas will be used at the final site for fueling vehicles we can add the MAT B and our HPU to deliver fuel at 3,600 psi.

    Galileo MAT and MAT B (with booster)

     Galileo MAT B and HPU for Direct Fueling

Virtual Pipeline LNG
We move LNG to the final location on ISO tanks. It will be ready for various usage; as it is for fueling or it will be gasified for transportation or energy generation.

    ISO Tanks

Patagonia - LNG and L-CNG Fueling
If the purpose of the LNG is fueling, the LNG can be stored in our Patagonia which offers, storage and dispenser features for LNG and L-CNG on demand. This solution allows the install a natural gas fueling station where no gas lines are available at the site. It requires a small footprint and min energy to store the LNG with no boil-off.

      Galileo Patagonia

Power Generation
We can provide the appropriate pressure regulators (PRP) to provide the required gas pressure for GenSets or at the city gate of a town gas lines.

    Galileo PRP – Pressure Regulator

Power Generation
Natural gas is a clean fuel. With the increased availability of large CNG engines, natural gas has become the clean solution for power generation. For the past 20 year Galileo has been offering Virtual Pipeline solutions in major mining operations in isolated locations away from power sources.

Triton Mining Operation – Natural Gas Gensets  

Waste Gas Treatment
The waste gas coming from the ZTPS raw gas treatment can be further treated for the extraction of the CO2. The Pentair process is capable of producing beverage grade CO2 with a purity of 99.9%. It is a modular solution that adds value to the biogas treatment and it increase its return on investment.

     Pentair CO2 Extraction Module

For more information please contact us at  or (203)421-6477

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy New Year!

The EV industry will reach the tipping point in 2017. We now have a 235 mile range vehicle, the Chevy Bolt which is comparable price wise to the current 100 mile range vehicles. Later this year Tesla will start  the production of Model 3 which also has a 230 mile range. The 200+ mile range is now the new standard.
All car manufacturers are committed to EVs and we will see over 30 new EV models coming to the US car dealers in the next 2 years.

We expect an accelerated adoption of DC fast charging to allow EV drivers to go beyond the city limits and along major highways. Tesla built its own infrastructure to allow Tesla drivers to go from Los Angeles to New York. Now several other car manufacturers (Nissan, VW, BMW) are working to support the sale of their EVs. The VW settlement after the Dieselgate will bring funds at the State level to promote EV charging infrastructure as part of an emission mitigation project.

Chevy Bolt

VW ID Buzz

Tesla Model 3
Overall we are looking forward to an exciting 2017! 


The 2017 edition of the North American International Auto Show did not feature extraordinary new concepts. Many brands either didn't show up or didn't have formal press events (Porsche, Tesla, Fiat Chrysler, Land Rover, Jaguar, Mini and Mitsubishi among them). This show is too close to the LA Auto show and Detroit in January might not be the best place to go. Perhaps the VW ID Buzz concept is the most glamorous for the EV industry. The upgrade of classic VW Microbus of the '50s and '60s looks very cool. It's an electric vehicle with twin motors: one front, one rear. The VW ID BUZZ has a very modern design and it could be a hit if VW will ever build it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

More Government Programs
Better Infrastructure

Programs like the one recently awarded to EV Connect by the NYPA (New York Power Authority) are the foundation of a new infrastructure. It is crucial for us to create a network of charging stations that will be both large enough and efficient enough to handle the expected rise in consumption of EVs in the coming years.
If we fail to do so, people will continue to be frustrated by inconveniences that are easily avoidable within a reliable infrastructure. This will result in EV sales to freeze and this movement to die before it even begins. I will say it again - the successful replacement of gas engine vehicles will only come about when we have the infrastructure to support it. So let's get to it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Much Needed Press.

For years, EV's have been pushed to the back of auto show rooms, given minute advertising budgets, and produced by some companies solely to appease standards set by the EPA. That is all beginning to change. 

The Tesla Model S is now "by far the best selling large luxury sedan in the US market," and is showing no sign of slowing down. With production being ramped up on all of their projects, Tesla looks to lead the US into the year 2017 with a fresh outlook on how EV's can shape our future. 

Article Here

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Verdek In Argentina

Verdek CEO Guy Mannino recently took a trip to the Galileo BioGas treatment plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The system recovers 99.9% of available methane from the raw gas.

The Cryoboxes, also pictured, are shown producing energy for the Buquebus ferries that make regular trips from Buenos Aires to Montevideo.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Master Plan, Part Deux

Elon Musk is the world of clean energy's hero. In a time where the average person lacks the patience, passion, and funding to make a difference in our lack of infrastructure, Tesla doesn't see any reason to be hesitant. In the second part of his master plan, Musk goes beyond his original goal of making a high-performace EV that is affordable for everyone. He envisions a world completely run by his Teslas, and homes that power themselves. 

In summary, the four-point plan is stated as:

- Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage
- Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments
- Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning
- Enable your car to make money for you when you aren't using it

Skeptics of the proposed timeline still abound, but Tesla and Elon Musk seem up to the challenge.

Full Article Here

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Verdek Now Offering BioGas Solutions!

Raw Biogas generally has a content of methane ranging from 50% to 75%. Galileo Biogas Treatment Module (BTM) produces RNG (renewable natural gas) capable of being injected into pipelines; it can be used in industrial applications such boilers or it can be used as fuel for transportation.

Biogas production is increasing all over the world and Galileo’s solution efficiently resolves the challenge of cleaning the raw biogas for an effective use.
Just ask for any of Galileo’s product range - the BTP has a small footprint and feature a modular design for easy installation and organic growth.

Verdek BioGas