GE’s distributed power unit, Clarke Energy team on landfill gas-to-energy plants

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

Biffa is a U.K. integrated waste management business, providing collection, treatment, recycling and technologically-driven power generation services.

For the project, Clarke Energy will supply Biffa with eight of GE’s containerized, 1 MW JGC320GS-LL gas engines. Biffa plans to replace some of its older LFGE generators that have reached the end of their operating life cycles with GE's Jenbacher units. The GE engines will generate a combined 8.5 MW of renewable energy, which is 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 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.

GE and Clarke Energy have a long-standing relationship with Biffa, supplying landfill gas power generation equipment and providing critical after-sales product support through Clarke Energy. The latest order for the eight units brings the total number of Jenbacher gas engines supplied to Biffa to 91 generators that produce a total of 73.4 MW of renewable energy. Clarke Energy has now supplied more than 680 MW of landfill gas-based generation capacity across the U.K. and Ireland alone.

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