GE Landfill Gas

GE Landfill Gas Systems Provide Power for 75,000 Homes

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 27, 2012

GE (NYSE:GE) announced this week that six of its Jenbacher gas engines are going to be installed at the Loma Los Colorados Landfill and gas-to-energy power plant in Chine with the aim of converting more of the landfill gas there to energy.

The landfill is located about 40 miles from the capital Santiago and is the largest landfill in the country, taking in 60% of Santiago's solid waste.

While the Loma Los Colorados Landfill already has 7 Jenbacher generators up and running, the plant expansion called “Lomas Los Colorados II” will house 6 brand new 1.4-MW ecomagination-qualified J420 Jenbacher units for a total output of 8.4 MW.

The new units will be put online between 2012 and 2014. The 13 Jenbacher engines have a combined capacity of 18 MW, enough to power 75,000 Chilean homes.

“We are very excited to build on the success we have had with our Loma Los Colorados landfill gas-to-energy project, which is serving as an important renewable model for the region as Chile looks to diversify its energy mix,” general manager of KDM Energía Sergio Durandeau stated. KDM Energía owns both the landfill and the power plant.

GE also has another Chilean project in the works. The company plans on supplying three of its 2.7 MW ecomagination-approved J620 Jenbacher biogas engines to the Chilean water utility company Aguas Andinas.

Agua Andinas will use the engines for their wastewater treatment plant expansion and a renewable energy project near the Mapocho River. In the plant, these engines will actually be fueled by the methane-rich biogas created by sewage collected at the plant, thus allowing less greenhouse gases to escape into the atmosphere. GE is expecting to commission these engines later in the year.