Currently not operating, this device serves to burn the methane gas in the event that the generator is not available. This will ensure that the methane generated by the landfill continues to be destroyed.
The is the main control panel which coordinates the activities of the blower skid, generator, and the utility (PECO). A touch screen is used to show system status, and to provide an interface for the operator to control the entire system. The controls are tied to both PECO and PJM for monitoring and control.
This is the workhorse of our plant. For simplicity, we call this unit the generator, however it is a Caterpillar 3516, 16-cylinder engine, coupled directly to a generator, which makes the electricity. This particular generator typically burns natural gas or diesel fuel and is used for standby power at hospitals, large boats, and locomotive trains. However, it is equally suited for our application and has been modified to run on our landfill gas instead of natural gas.