- Landfill Gas to Energy
Burns & McDonnell permitted, designed and constructed a landfill gas collection system and power plant at the St. Joseph Landfill for Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL). The collection system was expanded from 13 wells to 60 wells, collecting gas from 70 acres. The compression skid gathers landfill gas (LFG) and feeds a Caterpillar 3520 combustion engine generator at a new 1.6-megawatt power plant on site.
Major long lead time components — including the construction of the LFG collection system, the compressor, and the genset/switchgear and cooling packages — were separately, competitively bid early in the design process, providing assurance of competitively bid procurement. The project was awarded to the KCPL-Burns & McDonnell team following the city's consideration and evaluation of alternative LFG to electricity proposals as well as medium and high btu LFG utilization submittals.
This project produces energy for approximately 2,000 homes in the community and offsets 100,000 tons of carbon emissions, benefitting both the municipal owner and KCPL.
Winner of a 2012 Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies
- Landfill collection system design and construction
- Air permit
- Plant design, construction, startup and operation