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Arcadis picked for Ohio waste-to-energy scheme

The city of Columbus in Ohio has picked consultant Arcadis to design energy-efficiency and biogas recycling improvements at Jackson Pike Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The improved plant will recycle biogas to generate electricity, representing a significant step towards the city’s aim of becoming a more sustainable, green community.

Arcadis will serve as prime consultant under an approximately US$1m. It will design a combined heat and power (CHP) engine capable of burning biogas that will power a generator to produce electricity and heat for the plant.

Methane-rich biogas is produced by the plant’s anaerobic digesters. Rather than flare the excess biogas, the city aims to recycle it for power. Arcadis will manage the CHP engine procurement, pair it with a gas cleaning system for producing fuel and integrate the new CHP system into the plant’s existing electrical and heating system.

The new system will also be scalable to accommodate city growth.

“Using biogas to fuel the engines is significantly more efficient and environmentally friendly than using coal power or natural gas, and it will strengthen our city’s sustainability going forward,” said Todd Krenelka of Columbus Department of Public Utilities. “The city has a strong interest in fully using our resources, and this project meets multiple objectives within Columbus’ Green Memos.”

“We applaud Columbus for embarking on a multi-year initiative to promote sustainability within the city and to contribute to solutions for ongoing global environmental issues,” said Arcadis water president John McCarthy. “Arcadis looks forward to building a more efficient and sustainable power system to help the city meet its climate change, energy, built environment and community engagement objectives.”

The design phase of the project will run through October 2019 with construction scheduled to take place in spring 2020.

 

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This article was published on 5 Dec 2017 (last updated on 5 Dec 2017).

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