MEMBER PRESS RELEASE – Pentair and McCulla work together to curb greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-based fuels
Pentair and McCulla have initiated McCulla’s new Pentair Biogas Upgrading plant that will produce bioCNG to fuel their fleet of trucks, providing a much-needed alternative to diesel.
LONDON, United Kingdom — November 29, 2021 — Haffmans B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Pentair Water Process Technology B.V., (“Pentair”), and a leading global provider of sustainable
solutions, including biogas upgrading technologies and carbon capture technologies, and McCulla, a
leading provider of ambient, chilled and frozen logistics solutions, have launched a new biogas upgrading plant that is enabling McCulla to fuel their fleet of trucks with Compressed Natural Gas (bio-CNG).
The Pentair Biogas Upgrading System, Pentair BioCompact, has capacity for 450 standard m3 of biogas
to be processed into biomethane every hour, enabling McCulla to operate their new green fleet of ten
CNG trucks. The trucks are refueled directly at the company’s biomethane filling point. The organic
material used to produce the sustainable fuel come from food waste collected from 41 chain
supermarkets throughout Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the recent launch of the plant, Roland Folz, Pentair Food & Beverage Global Business
Unit Leader, noted: “We are excited to be working with McCulla to help lead the refrigeration transport sector toward a more sustainable model.
The transport sector has historically been dependent on fossil fuels and therefore is a contributor of
greenhouse gas emissions. With innovations in biogas upgrading, the opportunity to mitigate the
damaging effects of carbon emissions generated from fossil-based fuels is now within reach.”
When compared with diesel, the benefits of Bio-CNG are promising. A 2020 transportation research
study from Science Direct, which utilized validated models, compared a conventional diesel-fueled heavy goods vehicle with one that runs on compressed gas (CG): either CNG or biomethane for their transport performance, costs and carbon emissions.1
The study found that the vehicle running on biomethane emitted approximately 78.2% lower equivalent
carbon emissions than the diesel, and the vehicle running on CNG emitted 12.3% lower carbon
Ashley McCulla, Chairman of McCulla commented: “Since 2017, we have been producing our electricity from an anaerobic digester (AD) plant at our site in Lisburn. Our ultimate goal was always to use the energy produced by the AD plant to power our logistics fleet as well. Together with Pentair, we realized that ambition and are now utilizing green technology in logistics-a positive leap forward in helping to make this sector more sustainable.”
1 Madhusudhanan, Anil K. et al., “Modelling and evaluation of a biomethane truck for transport performance and cost.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 87, October 2020, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1361920920307173
2 Madhusudhanan, Anil K. et al., “Modelling and evaluation of a biomethane truck for transport performance and cost.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 87, October 2020, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1361920920307173
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- About Pentair: Pentair makes the most of life’s essential resources. From our residential and business solutions that help people move, improve and enjoy their water, to our sustainable innovations and applications, we deliver smart, sustainable solutions for life. With deep expertise and leading technologies in the Food & Beverage and Industrial Gas sectors, Pentair Union Engineering and Pentair Haffmans deliver renewable energy and carbon capture solutions to help various industries get more value from the resources they use, while enabling them to achieve a more sustainable outcome. Pentair had revenue in 2020 of $3 billion, and trades under the ticker symbol PNR. With approximately 9,750 global employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, we work to help improve lives and the environment around the world. For more information, visit www.pentair.com
- About McCulla:
With over fifty years’ experience in the logistics industry, McCulla Ireland is one of the country’s leading providers of ambient, chilled and frozen logistics solutions throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. www.mcculla.eu