Anglo Coal, one of Australia’s largest coal mining companies, is now taking the methane-rich gas that would traditionally be vented into the air and turning it into electricity with 15 of GE Energy’s Jenbacher engines. A ceremony yesterday marked the opening of the alternative energy plant, which will help the mine save 1.3 million tons of CO2 emissions annually — which is about the same as taking 330,000 cars off the road each year.
The new cogeneration plant at Anglo Coal’s Moranbah North mine provides a critical environmental benefit because methane has 21 times the greenhouse warming potential of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most closely associated with climate change. Energy Developments Limited, owner and operator of the plant, will sell most of the plant’s 45.6 megawatts of electricity output back to the country’s national grid.
The Jenbacher technology being used is the same type featured in our recent stories about China’s largest chicken waste biogas plant and one of California’s largest landfill gas plants — both of which convert waste into energy while simultaneously reducing emissions.
* Read today’s announcement
* Read coverage in Australia’s Daily Mercury
* Read coverage on Australia’s national website
* Read coverage in Energy Business Review
* Read coverage in Australian Mining
* Read “GE’s Jenbacher: A burning desire for manure in Wis.” on GE Reports
* Read about Jenbachers powering greenhouses
* Learn how many cows, pigs or sheep it takes to power 900 homes
* Learn about waste-heat recovery
* Learn more about ecomagination
* Read about our biogas technology
* Watch a Jenbacher video