Don’t waste your waste, turn it into energy!
As defined by Wikipedia, converting waste to energy is the process of creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the burning of waste source, making it a form of energy recovery.
A key technology that GE uses to recover energy this way is the Jenbacher engine which runs on natural gas or a variety of specialty waste gases, including biogas, landfill, and industrial waste gases. At the Dubai Global Energy Forum being held from April 17-19, Dr. Sami Kamel General Manager, Regional Marketing MEA, GE Energy, will be talking about adopting Jenbacher gas engine technology for waste-to-energy applications as well as ecomagination, GE’s business strategy designed to drive innovation and the growth of profitable environmental solutions while engaging stakeholders.
Ecomagination products are energy saving environmental solutions that also generate revenue for GE as well as its customers; the Jenbacher engine falls under this concept.
GE Jenbacher emerged from the former company Jenbacher Werke, which was founded in 1959 and manufactured gas and diesel engines, and locomotives. In 2003, the company was bought by General Electric and is currently under the management of GE Energy.
In the region, the Jenbacher engines are used for generating electricity from landfill gases or the methane produced from manure. Landfill gas is created during the decomposition of organic substances and consists of methane, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. With a calorific value of about 5khh/m3N, landfill gas constitutes a high-value fuel for gas engines that can effectively be used for power generation.
GE’s Jenbacher engines are gaining increasing use and have just been super-sized with the J920 engine, which can generate 9.5 megawatts of power. This new engine is designed primarily to run on natural gas and can provide enough energy for 18,500 average households.
Question: What waste-to-energy technologies are you aware of?