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GE to supply 16 Jenbacher biogas engines to three new landfill power sites in Turkey

Austria-headed GE Distributed Power, a leading provider of engines, power equipment, and services focused on power generation and gas compression and subsidiary of global energy value chain solutions provider General Electric (GE), has announced that it is providing its Jenbacher biogas engine technology and myPlant Asset Performance Management (APM) solution for three new landfill power production sites in Turkey.

The ITC Mamak landfill site (photo courtesy GE Distributed Power).

The three landfill sites are owned by ITC-Ka Enerji Uretim Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS (ITC), the largest landfill gas power producer in Turkey. ITC’s integrated solid waste management systems provide innovative technologies on recycling, disposal and rehabilitation methods, which are put into practice by ITC Invest Trading & Consulting AG.

Its system is a combination of processes focusing on rehabilitation of wild landfills, design, and operation of sanitary landfills, energy production from biomethanization, gasification incineration, refuse-derived fuel (RDF) production, recycling of packaging and excavation wastes and disposal of hazardous and medical wastes.

The organic part of our new landfill gas-powered facilities contains vegetables, fruit and garden waste and comprises more than 50 percent of the household waste of the cities of Antalya, Esksehir and Alanya. In total, the three facilities will process 1.38 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) annually from the surrounding households, said Erdoğan Göğen, General Manager, ITC.

Biowaste to heat and power

The three, new landfill gas power facilities will convert organic waste into biogas that can generate renewable electricity and heat.

Turkey’s energy use is estimated to grow at a rate of 4.5 percent through 2030, and therefore, high efficiency is key to reducing fuel costs. With less than 200 MW of generating capacity using solid biomass, geothermal, biogas and industrial waste, it is important to utilize the country’s large potential for increasing power generation from renewable sources, said Margherita Adragna, General Manager, Services for GE’s Distributed Power.

The biogas produced will be used to fuel four of GE’s Ecomagination certified, Jenbacher J420 biogas engines at Eskisehir, nine at Antalya and three at the Alanya landfill sites, which are configured to generate up to 50 percent of the common limit for nitrous oxide (NOx) and will provide 22 MW of electrical power to the national grid.

GE’s proven, highly efficient, low-emissions, Jenbacher biogas engines will help us reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and ensure the success of our zero-waste target as we turn the organic waste into heat and power. Similarly, our current site at Ankara uses the heat in the greenhouse of the Mamak Integrated Solid Waste Management facility to grow tomatoes and strawberries. As a result, the residents of Ankara do not experience the disadvantages of the Mamak landfill site, but rather gained a new provider of vegetables and fruits, Göğen said.

First performance management solution

In addition to the Jenbacher biogas engines, GE will also provide its myPlant APM solution for gas engines. Powered by Predix, myPlant APM is a digital solution that improves engine uptime and efficiency and life cycle costs. GE’s myPlant APM allows ITC to remotely access, optimize and troubleshoot the generator sets as well as use predictive analytics to avoid reliability or performance impacting events.

 Our Jenbacher biogas engine technology will help ITC meet the growing needs of its customers through a cost-effective, environment-friendly solution. As the first implementation of our myPlant Asset Performance Management solution for Jenbacher gas engines in Turkey—which uses predictive analytics to identify issues before they occur—ITC will be able to reduce downtime and extend asset life while still balancing maintenance costs with operation risk, said Adragna.

The project also includes a multiyear services agreement for parts (up to 59,999 operating hours), and GE’s long-term channel partner, Topkapi Endustri, is providing installation services. The equipment will be built at GE’s Distributed Power facility in Jenbach, Austria, and it is expected to enter service during the second half of 2017.

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