GE has been contracted to supply biogas engines for three landfill power generation sites in Turkey.

The company will supply 16 of its Jenbacher J420 biogas engines to ITC-Ka Enerji Uretim Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS (ITC) in Turkey.

ITC is considered to be the largest landfill gas power producer in the country. The gas engines will be supplied to three different sites.
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The new landfill gas power plants will convert organic waste into biogas which can then be used to generate renewable electricity and heat. They process 1,387,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste annually from surrounding households.

Energy Business Review reports that out of the total of 16 engines being supplied by GE, four will be sent to Eskisehir plant, nine to Antalya plant and the remaining three to the Alanya landfill sites. With these engines in place, the sites can produce a total of 22 MW of electricity, which is enough to meet the power needs of 30,000 households in the three cities.

ITC general manager Erdogan Gögen said: “The organic part of our new landfill gas-powered facilities contains vegetables, fruit and garden waste and comprises more than 50 per cent of the household waste of the cities of Antalya, Esksehir and Alanya. In total, the facilities will process 1,387,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste annually from the surrounding households.

“GE’s proven, highly efficient, low-emissions, Jenbacher biogas engines will help us reduce carbon dioxide emissions and ensure the success of our zero-waste target as we turn the organic waste into heat and power.”

GE’s Distributed Power services general manager Margherita Adragna said: “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.