Using microturbines to burn diluted concentrations of methane

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FlexEnergy's Powerstation technology, which uses microturbines formerly of Ingersoll-Rand, will allow the Department of Defense's (DoD) Fort Benning, Ga. base to convert its landfill gas, an unconventional energy source, into renewable energy. FlexEnergy will deliver two powerstations in collaboration with Southern Research Institute (SRI) through the DoD's ESTCP (Environmental Security Technology Certification Program).



"The Department of Defense is at the forefront of deploying breakthrough technologies. The installation of the Flex Powerstation at Fort Benning, GA enables the Army to generate its own continuous, clean, renewable energy from an on base landfill," said Joseph Perry, CEO of FlexEnergy.


Currently, a successful Powerstatio pilot program operates at the Lamb Canyon Landfill in Riverside County, Calif. The smaller, 10-ton test unit has the capability to produce enough electricity to power 30 homes in the community. Once installed at Fort Benning, the 250 kW Powerstation™ can potentially provide electricity for 250 homes.


FlexEnergy will showcase its Powerstation February 28-March 2 at the second annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. The Summit, co-hosted by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) and the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), features cutting-edge cleantech organizations that are helping to determine the future of energy. FlexEnergy's plug-and-play system was selected for its ability to oxidize gases as low as 1.5 percent methane, a greenhouse gas with 20-25 times the environmental impact of carbon dioxide.


More than 300 million tons of methane seep into the atmosphere annually, most too dilute for current technology to destroy much less use to produce electricity. The Powerstation runs effectively on many of these diluted waste streams, in concentrations too low for other conventional systems, and converts those waste streams (such as methane) into renewable energy. Powerstation creates electricity with near zero NOx or CO emissions, providing breakthrough solutions for landfills, coalmines and manufacturers needing to stay ahead of emissions regulations.