FCC Environment has begun operating a micro-turbine at one of its landfills in a move to improve energy efficiency.
Compared to a standard gas engine, micro-turbines can operate at 80% efficiency and require significantly less maintenance, claims FCC.
Shaun Trigg, senior environment manager at FCC Environment, said that because of their higher efficiencies, micro-turbines are set to become more and more popular.
“There are only one or two other examples of micro-turbines operating on landfill sites in the UK and ours is the most modern and efficient.
“The move to using a micro-turbine provides viable power production long after conventional power generation has ceased, delivering considerable energy efficiencies and reduced emissions compared to a gas engine, and its modular design makes it suitable for most applications.”
The micro-turbine has been supplied and installed at the Deerplay landfill site in Lancashire by Newenco.
FCC operates some 120 operational and former landfill sites.