Today, FirmGreen, Inc. (FGI) of Newport Beach, California announced that it signed an agreement with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to design, build and operate the first phase of its Green Energy Center (GEC) sited near Grove City, Ohio.
FGI will use its patented CO2 Wash® technology to clean and process SWACO’s landfill gas (LFG) for green electrical generation and production of renewable compressed natural gas (CNG). SWACO’s fleet, now being retrofitted for alternative fuel capability, will use CNG from existing non-renewable sources initially, and transition to FGI’s renewable fuels produced from the landfill as the various project phases come online.
Installation of a landfill gas-powered Ingersoll Rand micro turbine will generate green electricity for FGI’s CNG plant, the CNG fueling station, and SWACO’s administrative and maintenance buildings. FGI’s Green Energy Center project will significantly reduce SWACO’s energy consumption, emissions, and fleet operating costs.
The next phase of the project will increase CNG production and is also planned to produce electricity. Earlier this year the Ohio EPA approved installation of all phases of FirmGreen’s LFG processing facilities, which are permitted to produce up to 20 million gallons of methanol annually — enough methanol to convert 235 million bushels of Ohio grown soybeans into biodiesel fuel.
FGI expects the GEC’s first phase to be operational by first quarter 2008.
Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, FirmGreen, Inc., is a privately held, integrated energy company participating in virtually all aspects of the global green energy business. FirmGreen® identifies, develops and commercializes new and emerging technologies, and alternative fuels that promise to play an increasingly important role in the world’s energy mix. For more information about FGI, visit www.firmgreen.com.
SWACO is the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. Information about SWACO can be found online at www.swaco.org
Ingersoll Rand’s technologies and services are designed to generate electrical power, optimize its efficiency and reduce its environmental impact for industries. More information about the company can be found at: www.irenergysystems.com