Global technology company Siemens, along with Southern Idaho Solid Waste (SISW) has commissioned two SGE-56HM gas engines that will provide electrical power for a landfill gas-to-energy project at the Milner Butte Landfill in Burley, Idaho.
The gas engines provided by Siemens will generate electrical power by converting 1,000t of landfill waste daily into energy, which will be provided to approximately 2,000 homes in the Idaho region.
Siemens North American Gas Engines regional director Chris Nagle said: “The Milner Butte Landfill project represents the future of distributed power.
“This plant assists the local community with its power needs while being environmentally responsible. Siemens is proud to support SISW and Industrial-Irrigation Services with this project.”
For this project, SISW engineers are said to have worked with Siemens and Siemens’ channel partner, Industrial-Irrigation Services for a solution that would capture the methane for use as a fuel gas to produce electricity.
The energy generated by the Milner Butte Landfill is transported to Idaho Power under a 20-year purchase agreement and is used by the community as a low-cost source of power.
SISW environmental manager Nate Francisco said: “We saw this gas and realised we were just wasting it by burning it for no productive use.”
Additionally, SISW estimates that the facility will generate approximately $36m in revenue over the next 20 years.