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GE Gen-Sets Slated For Biogas Project

Posted on May 4, 2012

GE’s Waukesha gas engines factory manufactured and delivered two, 1 MW cogeneration sets for the Forest County Potawatomi Community’s (FCPC) planned biogas combined heat and power (CHP) project in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley in Wisconsin, U.S.A.

The biogas project will convert waste from area food processing operations into a reliable supply of renewable energy for the tribal community as well as the local grid.

An anaerobic digester will process the biogas that will fuel GE’s Waukesha engines in the CHP plant. The engines are designed to run on biogases that are rich in methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Burning the methane in a reciprocating engine reduces the amount of gas that can escape into the atmosphere, GE said.

The two generator sets will produce a total of 2 MW of renewable electricity, enough to power about 1500 Milwaukee-area homes. The biogas plant’s electricity will be sold to WE Energies and can assist the utility in meeting the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires a certain portion of the utility’s power be generated by renewable energy sources. The Potawatomi Tribe expects the CHP plant to begin operation in April 2013.

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