Landfill gas is being captured and converted into green electricity to provide power to 700 homes as part of a project between Quercia and Ener-G Natural Power.
The project, at Clayton Hall landfill site near Chorley, Lancashire, started operation in June. It involves capturing the methane gas produced from the landfilled waste and converting it into clean electricity, which is fed into the National Grid.
Quercia, sister company of Blackburn based Neales Waste Management which runs the landfill site, has entered into partnership with Ener-G Natural Power, which will use its specialist biogas generation technology to convert the methane into a minimum of 1,136KW of renewable electricity.
Ener-G Natural Power managing director Hugh Richmond said: “We will be using 1,150KW equipment as a minimum and Quercia will effectively be turning a liability into an asset.
“The project is funded entirely by us and we will pay royalties to Quercia, which avoids major capital expenditure. We are also responsible for maintaining the generator.”
The level of methane extracted will vary during the 15-year lifespan of the project, so a larger generator can be switched for a smaller one as demand fluctuates.
Older areas of the landfill site have been capped to prevent methane gas escaping into the atmosphere, and wells have been drilled to transfer the gas to the compact generator where the electricity conversion takes place.