SWACO adds CNG powered vehicle to fleet
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio’s
(SWACO) Green Energy Center, located in Grove City, Ohio, turns
landfill methane gas from decomposing trash into compressed natural
gas (CNG) for use in cars and trucks.
SWACO’s Franklin County Landfill has been plumbed to harvest
the methane as trash breaks down. Using Ohio-developed technology,
The Green Energy Center cleans the gas to pipeline quality and
then compresses it for vehicle use.
This green fuel has already been put to use in SWACO’s fleet.
CNG powered Honda Civics, light to medium duty Chevy and Ford
pick-up trucks, a packer truck used for recycling collections,
and even a riding lawnmower fill up at The Green Energy Center
pump. Honda claims that CNG burns 75 percent cleaner in its vehicles.
At full capacity, phase one of the center can produce 250,000
gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG. EPA estimates show that phase
one has the same benefits as removing the annual emissions of
6,503 passenger vehicles, sequestering as much carbon annually
as 8,070 acres of pine or fir forests, reducing CO2 emissions
equal to 82,577 barrels of oil or reducing CO2 emissions equal
to 4,030,423 gallons of gasoline.
Construction on phase two of the center is expected to begin
soon. That portion of the project will be owned and operated
by SWACO partner, FirmGreen. When completed, The Green Energy
Center will utilize all of the landfill gas available and have
a capacity of 5 to 10 million gasoline gallon equivalents. However,
gas from phase two could be directed to local utility pipelines.