SWACO Green Energy Center wins
The Solid Waste Authority of
Central Ohio’s (SWACO) Green
Energy Center has received the
“Innovation Award of Excellence”
from The Solid Waste Association
of North America (SWANA).
The Green Energy Center turns
landfill methane from decomposing
trash into vehicle fuel (Compressed
Natural Gas). The Center also
is designed to power itself
via a 250 kw micro-turbine which
uses the clean natural gas generated
by the process.
Earlier this year, The Green
Energy Center was honored as
a “project of the year” by the
EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach
Program. It also received a
2009 Clean Air Award from the
Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
The completed phase one of SWACO’s
has the capacity to produce
250,000 gasoline gallon equivalents
(GGE) of compressed natural
gas (CNG) annually using just
8 percent of the methane from
SWACO’s Franklin County landfill.
Phase two, when completed, will
have the annual capacity of
5-to-7-million gasoline gallon