General Motors Sustainable Energy FORT WAYNE, IN
Fort Wayne Assembly, a DM truck and bus assembly plant, recently contracted Shambaugh to perform electrical work on a state-of-the-art sustainable energy system powered by methane gas from landfills. Shambaugh was able to incorporate significant value-engineering deductions into the project. The highly advanced, sustainable system was recently completed and supplies the plant with 28 percent of its electricity, saving GM nearly $3.5 million a year in energy costs. The power output of GM’s prior wind power project and their current landfill gas project together provide 100% of the company’s electricity needs. Fort Wayne Assembly was awarded the 2017 EPA Energy Star Award for superior energy performance.
GM set out to transform Fort Wayne Assembly into a co-generation, sustainable facility. Powered by methane gas pumped from roughly 8 miles away, the facility was the first plant of its kind to use methane gas produced by landfills to generate electricity.
Project Solutions Delivered
The highly complex methane system relies upon four 20-cylinder combustible engines attached to four generators, which were furnished and installed by Shambaugh’s team. The piping and electrical work for these generators has become the prototype installation for other GM facilities around the nation.
- Furnished and installed four 1.6-MW generators
- Paralleling switchgear
- 6MVA pad-mounted transformer
- 24VDC battery system
- New gas monitoring system and building fire alarm
- All building lighting and controls
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