Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC (“Air Liquide”) today announced that it has purchased the renewable natural gas assets of Georecover – Live Oak, LLC, a subsidiary of Jacoby Energy Development, Inc., a Georgia-based company which recovers and processes landfill exhaust gas into renewable natural gas, sometimes referred to as biomethane.
Included in the sale was the company’s landfill gas processing facility in Conley, Ga., near Atlanta. The Conley facility, which uses Air Liquide’s proprietary MEDAL membrane technology, processes all of the landfill gas from the adjacent Live Oak landfill, generating up to 1,500 MWh of renewable natural gas daily to be transported via pipeline. This natural gas can be used as a feedstock for renewable hydrogen, renewable compressed or liquefied natural gas or to generate renewable electricity.
The acquisition demonstrates the Air Liquide Group’s global strategy of bringing sustainable, clean energy solutions to customers worldwide. The target markets include manufacturers and retailers that have committed to utilizing an increasing percentage of their raw materials from renewable sources, as well as municipalities and state governments.
Said Michael Graff, president and CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.: “This acquisition further establishes Air Liquide as a leader in clean energy solutions and helps position us for increased growth in this important marketplace. We continue to develop and offer innovative solutions to meet the needs of customers and help ensure reliable and clean energy for our nation.”
Air Liquide technology is at the heart of Air Liquide’s MEDAL membranes and patented biogas system. These innovations are part of an advanced, turn-key clean energy offering that can produce pipeline-ready natural gas from municipal solid waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater treatment gases to fuel a variety of sustainable clean energy solutions.
Also commenting was James F. Jacoby, chairman and CEO of The Jacoby Group: “Developing the Live Oak landfill gas facility was a natural outgrowth of our commitment to sustainability and renewable energy. I am pleased to see this important project pass into the hands of another company committed to sustainability, Air Liquide.”
There are approximately 20 landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas sites operating in the U.S. today. Most of the sites installed since 2006 are utilizing proprietary membrane technology supplied by Air Liquide’s MEDAL division.
Jacoby Energy Development, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Jacoby Development Group based in Atlanta, Ga.
Vice President of Corporate Communications, Americas