Emissions, Reciprocating Engines, Renewables

GE’s gas engines to power waste-to-energy project in Latin America

General Electric’s (GE) Distributed Power business said three of its Jenbacher gas engines will be commissioned this month at Estre Ambiental’s landfill in Guatapara City, São Paulo, Brazil.

Upon completion, the renewable energy facility will be the first waste-to-energy project at an Estre landfill, one of the largest municipal solid waste operations in Latin America.

GE will provide three 1.4-MW J420 Jenbacher gas engines for a total output of 4.2-MW, with the potential to be expanded to 10 MW in the next five years.

GE’s fuel-flexible gas engines are powered by landfill gas, which is created from solid waste decomposition and then recovered as a renewable fuel.

The Brazilian government has set an initiative to increase production of electricity from renewable sources and reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by between 36.1 and 38.9 percent by 2020.

The project is expected to begin commercial operation in May.