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Gundersen Health System, La Crosse County Wins EPA 2012 Project of the Year for Landfill Biogas—Electricity Generation Project 

Unison Solutions, Inc., of Dubuque, Iowa, announced that it is part of a team that received a 2012 Project of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Landfill Electricity Generation Project as part of the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). The award was presented during the 16th Annual LMOP conference on January 30, 2013, in Baltimore, MD. The project partners include the La Crosse County Solid Waste Department, Gundersen Health System, Burns & McDonnell, and Unison Solutions, Inc.

The biogas conditioning system at the La Crosse County Landfill site in La Crosse, WI economically treats 350 scfm of landfill gas. The gas moves through a 1.6 mile pipeline to Gundersen’s Onalaska Campus, for use in a GE Jenbacher internal combustion engine.  According to Dave Broihahn, PE, co-owner of Unison, “This technology is an example of the biogas treatment systems we have been providing to the electrical generation market for many years and will allow our customers to offset the rising cost of electricity.”

The change also benefits the environment as methane is naturally formed in landfills.  According to the U.S. EPA, it is estimated that more than 50 percent of global methane emissions are related to human-related activities such as landfills and digesters.  “The biogas conditioning systems will allow our customers to maximize the benefit of utilizing the biogas created by their wastewater treatment facilities and landfills” said Jan Scott, co-owner of Unison.

Learn more about the award: http://epa.gov/lmop/partners/award/2012.html

 

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