Saturday 18 November 2017

Methane extracted from household waste will power 8,500 homes

Methane from household waste will power up to 8,500 homes

Pictured at the launch of the Bord na Mona Landfill Gas Utilisation Project is Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources and Garrett Leech, Environmental Manager, Resource Recovery, Bord na Mona, with a Hawk utilised to maintain the landfill
Pictured at the launch of the Bord na Mona Landfill Gas Utilisation Project is Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources and Garrett Leech, Environmental Manager, Resource Recovery, Bord na Mona, with a Hawk utilised to maintain the landfill
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

METHANE from household waste will be used to generate enough electricity to power 8,500 homes.

Bord na Mona will turn waste into 5.6 megawatts of renewable power at its new state of the art landfill-gas plant in Drehid, Co Kildare.

Chief executive Gabriel D'Arcy said the firm has invested heavily in new and innovative ways of capitalising on all its resources to create further value and uses.

"This gas power plant is the result of a transformation in the way we look at spent materials, turning household waste into green energy that in turn helps create jobs and a sustainable electricity supply," he said.

The plant burns 6,000 tonnes of methane and converts it to carbon dioxide and water, which if left untreated would have a greenhouse gas impact of 126,000 tonnes of Co2.

It also displaces the equivalent amount of carbon sourced power on the grid as it is carbon neutral.

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A leading benefit of using landfill gas for the provision of electricity is its ability to deliver stable, continuous supplies of electricity to the power grid, the company said.

John Horgan, Bord na Mona chairman, said its strategic intent was to continue to fully utilise peatland resources to create value in order to develop a portfolio of sustainable infrastructure in Ireland, to support customers' requirements for ren-ewable energy, water and resource recovery.

"Drehid is the cornerstone of Bord na Mona's resource recovery business," he said.

"It comprises of integrated waste management and provides collection, recovery, recycling, treatment, and disposal services.

"It trades as AES where it serves over 100,000 residential homes throughout the Midlands, South-East and Mid-West regions, as well as 8,000 commercial customers nationwide," he continued.

Some 25 jobs were created during the construction of the plant with a further four permanent positions filled for the ongoing operation of the site.

Natural Resources Minister Pat Rabbitte said the plan marked a significant step in the delivery of sustainable power sources in Ireland.

"I am delighted that a company like Bord na Mona, demonstrating its prowess in resource recovery, is producing home-grown, renewable energy supplies for the Irish grid," he added.

Irish Independent

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