Landfill Gas Drives BMW Plant – Methane gas drawn from Waste Management’s Palmetto Landfill is providing the energy needs at BMW’s manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
“BMW’s landfill gas program has been a tremendous initiative for the plant. Using methane gas to power our plant is one example of our focus on environmentally friendly production processes.”
– Josef Kerscher
President, BMW Manufacturing
Plant Total Energy Needs Met with Turbines
Tons Annual CO2 Emissions Reduction
Miles of Landfill Gas Pipeline
To help offset BMW’s energy demand, BMW maintains its own power station on site. The station is powered by four turbines fueled by reclaimed methane gas piped in from the nearby Palmetto Landfill.
Mitigate risks of volatility in the energy markets
Turbines generate electricity to meet nearly 30% of the plant’s power needs
Environmentally responsible power resource
BMW Manufacturing worked with Ameresco to bring landfill gas to its plant. The project entailed the development, engineering, construction and operation of a landfill gas pipeline and retrofit of the existing energy center. BMW had four 1.25 MW gas turbines largely sitting idle on their property. Ameresco was able to recycle the turbines by putting them into service using landfill gas.
9.5-mile landfill gas pipeline with cleaning and compression stations
Project cogenerates electricity and hot water
BMW purchases the equivalent of 4,000 cfm of landfill gas for use in their turbines