Holy crap! Ontario truck runs on cow manure.


The latest refuse car to journey Ontario roads might be described as undeniably inexperienced as a result of it’s fueled by one thing undeniably brown — cow patties.

Bluewater Recycling Affiliation, the Ontario Waste Administration Affiliation, and Enbridge Gasoline teamed up this week to unveil the “carbon-negative” truck fueled by renewable pure gasoline (RNG) that’s produced utilizing cow manure from an area farm.

The decomposing waste generates methane that’s transformed into the RNG, which Enbridge says will displace the carbon dioxide emissions that may have been generated by 18,000 liters of diesel within the demonstration car’s first six months on the street. It has been serving Middlesex County for a few month.

MaryAnn Kelders takes the wheel of a BRA Fleet Service truck powered by cow manure in Huron Park, Ont. (Picture: Peter Bregg/ Context Inventive)

“This mission is a pure subsequent step within the progressive conversion of our fleet from diesel to a cleaner power supply,” stated Bluewater Recycling Affiliation president Francis Veilleux, when the truck was unveiled. “We wish to use cleaner renewable power sources to serve our communities whereas persevering with to attempt for a extra round economic system in all points of our operations and assist to make sure our municipal members meet their environmental commitments.”

Diesel-like efficiency

Vehicles operating on RNG value half as a lot as battery-electric models and about the identical as diesel vehicles, and supply diesel-like efficiency, Enbridge provides.

Canada additionally has 10 RNG amenities, whereas 30 RNG initiatives are being developed and constructed in Ontario.

“Early investments in compressed pure gasoline (CNG) are paying environmental dividends by way of RNG as an easy path for decarbonizing transportation right this moment,” stated Enbridge Gasoline president Michele Harradence.

Ontario alone has about 3,650 waste assortment and haulage autos that collectively devour about 130 million liters of diesel per 12 months.

Enbridge Gasoline and the Ontario Waste Administration Affiliation are within the midst of a pilot mission that may offset the value premiums for a few dozen vehicles that run on RNG slightly than diesel.


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