Clarke Energy signs contract for landfill project in Ireland

By Clarke Energy | April 11, 2013

Clarke Energy has signed a contract with Bord na Móna to deliver a landfill gas power plant at the Drehid Landfill site in the Republic of Ireland. This power plant will help to stimulate the economy utilizing landfill gas that originates from household waste to produce renewable power and create jobs.

The project will utilize four of GE Power & Water’s containerized Jenbacher 420 gas engines each rated at 1.4 MW electrical output to deliver 5.6 MW of renewable power. Jenbacher gas engines are renowned for their high efficiency and robust performance on difficult gases such as landfill gas.

Landfill gas is a by-product of microbial activity and is formed from the anaerobic decomposition of organic waste materials. It is comprised primarily of methane and carbon dioxide. The methane which contains the chemical energy for power is typically at 40-60 percent concentration. This biogas, if released to atmosphere, is a potent greenhouse gas. However if it is utilized in a gas engine, emissions are reduced and renewable electricity is produced, with the added benefit of converting a waste material into a useful fuel.

Using landfill gas for power provides base-load electricity; unlike wind power and solar, landfill gas can be used to deliver continuous, stable supplies of electricity to the power grid.

Bord na Móna is an Irish company that has a track record of delivering sustainability and innovation in Ireland. The Drehid Landfill site is located near Allenwood, County Kildare.

“We are delighted to enter into this project with Clarke Energy for the building of a landfill gas utilisation project at the Drehid landfill site. This project expands Bord na Mona’s portfolio of power generation assets as well as demonstrating resource recovery through waste to energy,” said John Daly head of Bord na Móna resource recovery.

“This significant contract is evidence of Clarke Energy’s ongoing commitment to and growth in the Island of Ireland. This significant project will create up to 25 jobs during construction, in addition to sustained employment for operations,” said John Curley, general manager of Clarke Energy in Ireland.

The engines are scheduled to be delivered to site in the third quarter of 2013.