Natural gas from local landfills and cow manure used at Ohio gas station to fuel Amazon’s fleet

Natural gas from local landfills and cow manure used at Ohio gas station to fuel Amazon’s fleet

By: Andy Chow | Statehouse News Bureau

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has become the first state to host a renewable natural gas refueling station designed to support Amazon’s plan to deploy more heavy-duty trucks running on RNG.

Renewable natural gas service station pump in Groveport. [Andy Chow | Statehouse News Bureau]

The Groveport Renewable Natural Gas Station is operated by Clean Energy Corp. and is the first of approximately 19 that will be placed nationwide for Amazon this year.

“What you see here today is the way the industry is turning to trucks that haul goods. And what happened, more importantly for the environment, is that we switched to renewable natural gas. We actually harness the natural gas, the methane that comes out of dairy farms or landfills, clean it up a bit, put it in a pipeline, and then put in these trucks,” Littlefair said.

Evan Barton owns and operates South Fork Dairy in Newark, which supplies methane to the Groveport gas station.

Barton said his farm produces about four truckloads of milk a day, but also 13 truckloads of manure a day. He said installing a digester on his farm to store manure made financial and environmental sense. He added that his neighbors are happier.

“I love my cows, but odor-wise, sometimes my neighbors don’t like them that much. So this digestion process, it’s just an advantage that the manure, after passing through this digester, will not have as much smell as we spread on the fields to provide fertilizer for our crops. We therefore look forward to this benefit. And like I said, I think my neighbors will too,” Barton said.

The Groveport RNG station currently supplies fuel to 50 Amazon heavy trucks. This fleet should reach more than 80 trucks. There are four pumps that can fill a truck in 15 minutes and a few dozen more that would take a few hours.

The gas station was created to meet demand from Amazon, but is also open for commercial use by other fleets.

A group of state senators were at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the gas station. Senator Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) said the new gas station can be celebrated as a bipartisan achievement.