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Modernizing U.K. LFGE Plants

GE, Clarke Energy team to supply power for landfill gas-to-energy plants

Posted on May 9, 2014

Clarke Energy, GE’s authorized Jenbacher gas engine distributor for the U.K., has been selected to supply U.K. waste management company Biffa with eight Jenbacher landfill gas engines as part of a modernization of several landfill gas-to-energy (LFGE) plants.

Biffa is a U.K. integrated waste management business providing collection, treatment, recycling and technologically-driven energy generation services. The company said it plans to replace some of its older LFGE generators that have reached the end of their operating lifecycles with the eight GE containerized, 1 MW JGC320GS-LL gas engines. The GE engines will generate a combined 8.5 MW of renewable electricity, enough to power 20 000 average homes.

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 engines can also operate on a wide range of renewable and low-carbon fuels including natural gas, biogas, sewage gas, landfill gas and coal seam gases.

GE said this latest order brings the total number of Jenbacher gas engines supplied to Biffa to 91 generators, producing a total of 73.4 MW. Clarke Energy has now supplied more than 680 MW of landfill gas-based generation capacity across the U.K. and Ireland alone, the company said.

The new LFGE units, which will be manufactured at GE’s Jenbacher gas engine factory in Jenbach, Austria, are expected to be delivered in October 2014.