A Unison Energy microgrid helps support our clients’ Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals today, and can incorporate the emerging technologies of tomorrow.
Unison Energy continues to look ahead at developments in biogas/renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), and other ways to support our clients through the energy transition. As these solutions become increasingly viable, we are here to help new and existing customers make the most of these opportunities.
We design our microgrids based on today’s proven technologies and can make simple retrofits to integrate new solutions when it makes sense, both from a financial and availability perspective. Our on-site energy systems offer immediate emission reductions of up to 40%, setting our customers up for additional carbon reduction savings when emerging technologies become available.
Renewable Natural Gas, Biogas, and Hydrogen
As the U.S. undergoes an energy transition, pipeline companies are actively working to reduce their carbon intensity by adding renewable fuels into the mix.
Biogas is naturally created from organic materials. RNG is a refined form of biogas that can be injected into the natural gas pipeline to reduce carbon intensity. Across the U.S., many natural gas companies are already injecting RNG into their pipelines. Alternatively, many of our clients have waste streams that can incorporate a digester to produce biogas on site. In these scenarios biogas is used directly to produce electricity, removing the costly RNG refining process.
Hydrogen is a “clean” fuel that produces only water when consumed for power generation. Today, hydrogen can be blended into existing natural gas pipelines at concentrations of about 5-15%, or used on site in combined heat and power (CHP) installations. Note, however, that hydrogen is typically produced today through processes that result in emissions. Over the next decade, demand and development should lower the costs of low-carbon “green” and “blue” hydrogen, bringing a more sustainable solution to a wider market.
Carbon Capture and Sequestration
Natural gas remains critical as a highly dispatchable fuel, which means carbon capture and sequestration will play a major role in the energy transition. The CCS process involves compressing CO2 for use or injecting it underground where it can be stored permanently. The U.S. is seeing increasing investment in CCS, including a CO2 pipeline being built in the Midwest. For facilities that have access to CO2 transportation, CCS could become a cost-effective option in the coming years.
We Are Your Partner in the Energy Transition
Facilities need a plan that works for today and tomorrow. A Unison Energy microgrid allows for immediate emission reductions of up to 40%, while leaving the door open to incorporate new solutions as they become readily available and economically feasible. Because we are committed to our clients through 15-25 year contracts that keep us accountable for the performance of our systems, we can provide an objective assessment of whether an update would be in your best interest, whether it’s 5, 10, or 20 years down the road.