General Motors Sustainable Energy, Fort Wayne, IN
The General Motors (GM) truck and bus assembly plant in Fort Wayne, IN, contracted Shambaugh & Son (Shambaugh) to perform mechanical and electrical work on a state-of-the-art sustainable energy system, powered by methane gas from landfills.
Thanks to their team of experienced engineers and professional project managers, Shambaugh was able to incorporate significant value-engineering deductions into the project. Now completed, the highly advanced, sustainable system supplies the plant with 28 percent of its electricity, saving GM nearly $3.5 million a year in energy costs.
Committed to incorporating sustainable energy into their business, GM set out to transform their Allen County assembly plant 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.
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.
During the project, Shambaugh’s Electrical and Mechanical Divisions delivered the following:
- 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
General Motors (GM) is a multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles. With an over 100-year history leading the industry, today GM remains one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world.