Greentech Lead America: GE has provided its
ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher gas engines to Doyon Utilities for a
landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
in Anchorage, a joint U.S. Army and Air Force base in Alaska. This first LFGTE
project in Alaska is expected to provide approximately half of
JBER – Richardson’s 13 MW of peak demand power.
Doyon will own and operate the facility and will buy the
gas produced for at least the next 20 years, with an option for an extension to
40 years, under the agreement with the municipality. The project will help the
military offset the power that military would have to buy from the municipality
and save up to more than $30 million over the life of the project.
“Beginning in 2013, federal agencies will be required to
use renewable energy sources to provide at least 7.5 percent of total electric
consumption. GE’s technology allows us to turn landfill gas (methane) into an
energy source for the U.S. military base and also into a revenue stream for the
municipal utility, which currently flares the gas instead of selling it. In
addition, the plant will help the military improve its energy security and move
closer to its renewable energy target,” said Dan Gavora, CEO of Doyon.
GE’s fuel-flexible Jenbacher
gas engines are powered by landfill gas, which is created from solid
waste decomposition and then recovered as a valuable renewable fuel. The gas
engines prevent Methane gas from releasing into the atmosphere as a potent
Western Energy Systems (WES), GE’s authorized distributor
for Jenbacher gas engines in Alaska, supplied and installed the four Jenbacher
J420 engine-generator sets at the project site. WES also provided project
management services for all equipment provided, performed commissioning
services, and has opened a product support facility in Anchorage with
technicians and parts inventory committed to support this project.
“This project with Doyon Utilities is another example of
how GE’s Jenbacher gas engines are supporting distributed power projects around
the world. Our Jenbacher gas engines provide the fuel flexibility needed to
accommodate the use of alternative fuels such as landfill gas while offering
high levels of electrical efficiency,” said Roger George, regional sales
leader, Gas Engines for North America.
GE Gas Engine Technology to Power China’s Largest Landfill Gas
Recently, GE announced that its Jenbacher gas engines
will drive landfill gas (LFG) power generation project of Laogang Renewable
Energy. The project will save emissions by over 340,000 tons of carbon dioxide
equivalent per year.