U.S. Gain – Project Development
Renewable Natural Gas Development
About the Company:
U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture Inc., is a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas and compressed natural gas for the transportation and energy markets. Over the course of just 10 years, they’ve diversified to become vertically integrated in all aspects of the energy supply chain, enabling access to the cleanest fuel and renewable energy, at the best value.
About the Solution:
U.S. Gain is partnering with farmers, landfill owners and municipalities transforming their waste to clean, renewable natural gas to be used as alternative fuel or thermal energy. They manage as much of a development project as necessary – from site development, project management, quality planning and regulation requirements. Further, their direct dispensing to both transportation and energy, paired with an in-house compliance and trading teams ensure credits are monetized at peak values.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
Anaerobic Digester Associated Technology:
NOTE: There are several technology types that are used as part of an integrated manure management system that includes an anaerobic digester and are not applicable to manure management in other cases. The impact of these technologies on the critical indicators are represented as those of an entire anaerobic digester system.
- Long usable life and can be run reliably
- Creates energy and generates environmental credits
- Requires proper preparation of the feedstock
- Requires other technologies for energy utilization
- Requires other technologies for digestate handling
- Proper feeding & system monitoring is required to avoid system downtime
- Proven technology for odor control, GHG reduction and pathogen reduction
With multiple dairy based RNG projects and a compressed natural gas fueling stations across the Midwest U.S. Gain has shown a commitment to providing a value to the dairy community as a partner on projects and a point of sale for the products they can produce.
U.S. Gain is partner-owner is over thirteen financially successful dairy farm waste-to-energy project in the US and is a division of U.S. Venture Inc., a North American leader in the distribution of fuel and transportation products with over 1,800 employees nationally. U.S. Gain has thus far purchased dairy farm anaerobic digester systems using DVO digesters and added gas clean-up equipment specifically designed for the RNG industry by Nacelle Solutions.
Because many of these systems had to be upgraded and the RNG gas clean-up equipment installed, there is not sufficient data at this time for U.S. Gain to receive an operational reliability score. This being said, the feedback from partnering dairies has been very positive.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY