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 St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Landfill BioCNG™ Vehicle Fuel Project as part of the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). The award was presented during the 16th Annual LMOP Partner and Project of the Year Awards Ceremony on January 30, 2013, in Baltimore, MD. The project partners include the St. Landry Solid Waste Facility, Cornerstone Environmental Group, and Unison Solutions, Inc.
The patent‐pending biogas conditioning system economically produces biogas‐based fuel to power compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The BioCNG™ system, designed and manufactured in Dubuque by Unison, fuels St. Landry Parish, (Washington, LA) public works trucks, in addition to their sheriffs fleet. It is currently operating at a capacity of up to 275 gallons of gasoline equivalent (GGE) per day, with a fuel quality comparable to compressed natural gas. According to Dave Broihahn, PE, co‐owner of Unison, “This technology is an extension 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 gasoline and diesel fuel.”
The change also benefits the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CNG reduces carbon monoxide by 90 percent, ground‐level ozone emissions by 75 percent, and greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. “The BioCNG™ process will allow municipalities to maximize the benefit of utilizing the biogas created by their wastewater treatment facilities and landfills.” said Jan Scott, co‐owner of Unison.