Centennial Park Landfill Gas to Energy Facility
Town of Munster, Indiana
Centennial Park is a closed landfill which has been transformed into a centerpiece for the Town’s recreational and community activities, and now includes a 9-hole golf course, water features, amphitheater, a restaurant and banquet facility, walking trails and public art.
In partnership with Energy Systems Group (ESG) and through funding made available by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Munster Redevelopment Commission approved development of this $4.3 million beneficial-use electric generation project. The Town plans to sell the power it generates as a part of this project back to the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) at their Renewable Feed-in Tariff rate for biomass projects.
This project includes a GE Jenbacher engine/generator which utilizes the landfill gas (LFG) from the municipally-owned Centennial Park Landfill site to produce approximately 1.1 MW of electricity. In addition to a new flare and blower, the project employs a heat conversion technology which will take excess heat off of a large generator at the site. This heat will then be transformed into additional electricity. The green electricity generated will then be delivered to the NIPSCO electric distribution system where it will be used by residents and businesses throughout Northwest Indiana.
‘’As we worked to close the landfill to refuse, we recognized the resource that developed at the site in the form of methane gas,’’ said Munster Town Manager Tom DeGiulio. ‘’In fact, we captured the methane gas previously and used it to power our clubhouse and irrigation system. Utilizing this 50/50 Department of Energy grant allows us to broaden the scope of the project and increase the impact of a project that has already received LEED Silver distinction.’’
By capturing these landfill gases, this sustainable project is helping provide environmental benefits by reducing Munster carbon footprint by 5,500 Metric Tons of CO2 Annually which is equivalent to any of the following:
• Removal of emissions from 1100 cars
• Conserving enough electricity to power 720 homes
• Planting 1200 acres of trees
• Recycling 2000 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill