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Finning Provides Cat Gen-Sets To Energy Project In Ireland

Posted on August 16, 2010

Finning Power Systems has provided five Caterpillar G3516A generator sets to Giant’s Park, a landmark public park located at the former Dargan Road landfill site in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The generator sets will produce electricity from the landfill gas that’s provided from the site’s decomposing waste. The gas will be exported to the local grid to power up to 6000 households in the area.

Renewable Power Systems Ltd (RPS), an environmental consultancy, was tasked by the Belfast City Council to make use of the landfill gas. To produce electricity from the former landfill site, a network of wells and pipes collects the methane-rich gas. The gas is then pumped into generators and converted to electricity, said the company. Each generator at the Dargan Road site is rated at 1150 kW, for a total combined output of 5.5 MW of continuous power to the grid.

A floor-standing control system operates each gas-powered generator, which is designed to monitor, control and protect the generator sets both on site and remotely. Each generator set has been configured to accomodate the difference in heat levels during combustion compared with natural gas and fluctuations in fuel quality.

According to Finning, electricity will be generated from the landfill site for up to 20 years, producing about 5 million watts of electricity for export to the local grid.

For more information: www.finning.ca

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