Landfill Gas and LFGE – OiI Microturbine Project, New Cure Inc., Monterey Park, California

new cure incEmploying six 70-kilowatt Ingersoll-Rand microturbines fired on landfill gas with a methane content as low as 35 percent, this project began operation in September 2002.

The project generates power to serve the principal on-site power needs of the landfill.  The landfill’s on-site power requirements include those associated with a leachate treatment plant and a landfill gas flare station. The project is interconnected to Southern California Edison Company (SCE) for the purposes of securing standby and supplemental power.  The project operates in parallel with SCE as a baseload unit.

The project incorporates:

  • SCS-designed/fabricated 300 standard cubic feet per minute blower/refrigeration skid which pressurizes the landfill gas and reduces moisture and other impurities in the raw landfill gas
  • Siloxane removal using activated carbon and silica gel
  • Consolidation of three electric loads to a single point of service
  • Six 70-kW microturbines
  • Switchgear and a step-up transformer
  • SCS-designed/fabricated SCADA system which allows remote monitoring and operation of the facility from any location using a personal computer

SCS executed this project on a turnkey basis. The total power plant capacity is 420 kW.

SCS Engineers’ responsibilities:

  • Feasibility Study
  • Grantsmanship
  • Environmental Permits
  • Interconnection Application
  • Detailed Design
  • Microturbine Procurement
  • Construction QA/QC
  • Construction
  • Plant Startup
  • SCADA System