Véolia Propreté launches landfill gas power plant in France

11 June 2014 (Last Updated June 11th, 2014 18:30)

French waste management and services company Véolia Propreté, Dalkia and Clarke Energy have launched new Electr'od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant in Plessis-Gassot, France.

Electr'od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant

French waste management and services company Véolia Propreté, Dalkia and Clarke Energy have launched the new Electr'od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant in Plessis-Gassot, France.

The 17.3MW landfill gas-fueled power plant comprises ten GE Distributed Power-built ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher gas engines to generate renewable electricity and heat for residents and businesses.

Developed by Véolia in cooperation with Dalkia and Clarke Energy, the facility will replace a smaller, less efficient steam turbine-boiler system.

In order to generate enough renewable electricity to power more than 41,000 French homes (excluding heating), the new cogeneration plant makes use of landfill's methane-rich biogas.

For use by residents and businesses throughout France, the electricity generated will be sold to Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF).

In addition to this, the cogeneration facility produces 30,000 MWh/year of thermal energy, whichis equivalent to the amount consumed by an estimated 2,850 homes.

"This project demonstrates how our fuel-flexible Jenbacher gas engines can provide more power with increased efficiency."

Véolia Propreté managing director Bernard Harambillet said that the newly commissioned and upgraded landfill gas power plant will provide renewable power to the French electricity network.

"We selected Clarke Energy and GE's Jenbacher gas engines for this project due to their experience in offering increased efficiency and a reliable supply of renewable energy," Harambillet said.

The new plant also features ten Jenbacher units, including four 2.7MW J620 gas engines, five containerised 1.1MW J416s and one containerised 1MW J320.

GE Power & Water's Distributed Power gas engines general manager Karl Wetzlmayer said, "As the largest landfill gas power plant in France and the first installation of our Type 6 technology for landfills in France, this project demonstrates how our fuel-flexible Jenbacher gas engines can provide more power with increased efficiency."


Image: Véolia Propreté launches new Electr'od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant. Photo: courtesy of Clarke Energy.

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