Fort Wayne wants to make most of plant's methane

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Fort Wayne officials are hoping to make the most out of the methane gas produced by the city's water pollution control plant.

The city expects to save about $50,000 a year by using the gas burned off by the plant's digesters to produce electricity. That figure could increase if the city finds a way to use the gas for heating.

The Journal Gazette reports the plant is undergoing a $32 million upgrade. City officials have budgeted an extra $3 million to make better use of the methane.

The methane will be burned by an engine that turns a generator that could churn out up to 560 kilowatts of electricity.

Deputy Director of Engineering Matt Wirtz says the engines can handle methane's impurities without having to filter them out.


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