GE’s gas engine and biosolids technology selected for new UK ‘Eco Park’ waste-to-biogas project

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Artist rendering of the new Eco Park.
Artist rendering of the new Eco Park.

The two low-NOx gas engines are being provided by Clarke Energy, GE’s authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines. GE made this announcement at the IFAT trade fair taking place 30 May – 3 June 2016, in Munich, Germany. The Eco Park’s anaerobic digestion facility will process 40,000 tonnes of food waste annually from households in Surrey. With GE’s Monsal anaerobic digestion system, the new facility will convert the food waste into biogas that can generate renewable electricity and heat. The biogas produced will be used to fuel two of GE’s Jenbacher J416 biogas engines, which are configured to generate up to 50% of the common limit for NOx and will provide a total of 2.4 MW of electrical power. After powering itself, the Eco Park will supply energy to the national grid. The Eco Park is being built on behalf of Surrey County Council and will supply baseload renewable power to the local distribution network while providing an alternative to landfill in the form of anaerobic digestion. The Eco Park also includes a 55,000-tonnes-per-year gasification facility with pre-treatment, a recyclables bulking facility and a new visitors’ center. The gasification system will be installed separately and will process municipal waste into a partially renewable combustible gas (known as syngas) for additional power production. * Trademark of General Electric Company; may be registered in one or more countries.