Gasgreen Energia (ECU)
TURNING LANDFILL GAS INTO CLEAN ELECTRICITY
Innovative biogas power plant is reducing methane gas pollution in Ecuador
"We are very proud of our El Inga landfill project, which is delivering renewable power while significantly reducing environmental pollution in Ecuador. This achievement is largely based on the advanced, high efficiency Jenbacher technology, along with the exceptional turnkey project provided by AB Energy. With the success of this installation, we are now considering installing additional Jenbacher gensets to efficiently turn landfill gas into power at other landfill sites."
Juan Diego Rivera, operations manager, Gasgreen Energia
Gasgreen Energía, headquartered in Málaga, Spain, operates in the environmental and non-conventional renewable energy sector with a focus on developing new technologies that mitigate environmental liabilities associated with urban waste and converting those liabilities into usable resources. At Gasgreen’s landfill sites in Quito, Ecuador, a plan was under way to develop an effective solid waste management policy to help fulfill the company’s zero-waste vision. According to Santiago Andrade, manager of the Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Gestión Integral de Residuos Sólidos (EMGIRS-EP), the capital city of Quito was producing about 2,000 tons of garbage per day, including 1,000 tons of organic matter that produced biogas during decomposition. And, because the landfill gas is about 50% methane, it is more polluting than CO2. These factors pointed Gasgreen to a power plant solution running on landfill gas that could deliver high electrical efficiency at high altitude 2,850 meters above sea level—while also reducing pollution associated with escaping methane gas at the landfill sites.
A first-of-its-kind solution in the country
This first landfill gas power plant project in Ecuador sits high in the country’s Andean region and delivers clean renewable power across the country. In 2016, the El Inga I phase of the project put two of INNIO’s Jenbacher J320 gensets to use to deliver 2 MW of power running on renewable landfill gas. Based on the success of El Inga I, three Jenbacher J420 units producing 3 MW were added in 2017 in the El Inga II phase.
Designed, engineered and packaged by AB Energy, the project’s Jenbacher gensets were selected based on their proven output and electrical efficiency at high altitude as well as competitive pricing and an extensive installed base in landfills around the globe by AB Energy. The project was completed on time based on the schedule established by Gasgreen.
Today, the power plant is delivering a combined 5 MW of electricity to power more than 25,000 homes in Ecuador and saving 26 million cubic meters of landfill gas from being released into the environment. By turning renewable landfill gas into power, the plant prevents 250,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year—the equivalent of removing the CO2-pollution generated by 250,000 cars each year.*
Gasgreen is greatly benefiting from its Jenbacher-driven landfill power plant:
- Proven performance operating on a renewable energy source—landfill gas
- High availability compared to other solutions
- Excellent efficiency of nearly 40% operating on landfill gas, even at high altitude
- A greener solution that avoids as much as 250,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually
2 x J320, 3 x J420
up to 5 MW