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U.S. Gain completes Deer Run Dairy RNG project

In the United States (US), U.S. Gain, a leader in the development, procurement, and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation and energy markets, has announced that the anaerobic digester (AD) at Deer Run Dairy LLC in Kewaunee, Wisconsin (WI) is complete, transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation market.

U.S. Gain has completed the anaerobic digester (AD) upgrade at Deer Run Dairy LLC in Kewaunee, Wisconsin (WI) for renewable natural gas (RNG) production (photo courtesy U.S. Gain).

In January 2020, U.S. Gain announced that it was coordinating the installation of biogas clean-up and upgrading equipment at Deer Run Dairy to strip the impurities from the biogas, so it can be injected into the natural gas pipeline system. RNG production offers Deer Run Dairy the opportunity to improve manure management practices from its herd of 1 700 milking cows.

We’ve developed a great relationship with Deer Run Dairy over the years and are pleased to work with them on this opportunity, especially given the benefits their farm will receive. This includes animal bedding and nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be either used by the farm as a cost-savings measure or profitably sold. I look forward to continued collaboration with the Deer Run Dairy team, finding innovative ways to increase efficiency and gas output at the facility, said Hardy Sawall, Director of RNG Business Development at U.S. Gain.

Expand capacity in 2021

In 2021, U.S. Gain will expand the system’s capacity by installing a mixing tank that will enable other local farms to bring animal waste to Deer Run Dairy.

We’re excited about the opportunities this will create for the region – both environmentally and economically. It’s rewarding to be on both sides of the RNG supply chain – managing the development of RNG production sites while at the same time, building new natural gas fueling stations in which gas produced can be dispensed, said Pat Van Dehy, Director of Operations at U.S. Gain.

RNG produced at Deer Run Dairy will be transported to a new decanting facility U.S. Gain constructed at Holsum Dairy located in Hilbert, Wisconsin (WI), where it will be injected into the natural gas pipeline. Deer Run Dairy owners Dale Bogart and Duane Ducat expressed their enthusiasm for the project.

As caretakers of the land, we feel a strong obligation to continue looking at all aspects of our operations to determine what’s best, not only for our farm but also for our community. We couldn’t be more pleased in partnering with U.S. Gain, a like-minded company that sees the value in ensuring a brighter future for us all. When the capacity is increased next year, we encourage our neighbors to consider this waste management option, said Dale Bogart.

Nacelle Solutions, a leading technology and service company specializing in gas conditioning and the advancement of the energy and biogas industries, was a key partner to U.S. Gain in bringing this project online.

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