Hoosier Energy REC nears permit for 19.1-MW landfill gas plant

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be taking public comment from July 12 through Aug. 11 on a draft air permit for a 19.1-MW landfill gas-fired power plant planned by Hoosier Energy REC Inc.

The company has applied for a construction permit for a landfill gas-to-energy facility at the Veolia Orchard Hills Landfill at Davis Junction, Ill. The facility would have seven reciprocating engine generators with a gross electrical output of nominally 19.1 MW. The electricity from the facility will go to the electrical transmission grid. The facility would be on property leased from the Veolia Orchard Hills Landfill, said the Illinois EPA in a public notice document.

Before being used as fuel in the engines, the landfill gas would be collected and processed in a treatment system for filtering and dewatering purposes. A sulfur removal system would then be used if needed to remove hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from the fuel gas before it is used in the engines. The sulfur system would be designed to maintain the total sulfur level in the treated gas to no more than 140 ppm (as sulfur). The sulfur removal system functions as a pollution control device, to reduce emissions of SO2. The engines proposed are Jenbacher internal combustion engines designed to fire landfill gas.

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