Coca-Cola Cogen Plant

Project Type
Landfill gas- and natural gas-fired combined heat and power facility
 
 
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
 
 
Off-Taker
The Coca-Cola Company
 

Overview

This 6.5-megawatt combined heat-and-power system supplies electricity, steam, and chilled water to Coca-Cola's Atlanta Syrup Plant. The system provides 100 percent of the plant's energy needs, offsetting the use of fossil fuels. Coca-Cola expects the system to reduce its carbon footprint by approximately 20,400 tons annually.

As the project's developer, owner, and operator, we collaborated with partners including Republic Services, Atlanta Gas Light, GE, Veolia Energy North America and EIV Capital Management to acquire the landfill-gas rights, secure financing, negotiate agreements, and oversee all permitting, regulatory compliance, design, construction and operations.

The Coca-Cola project includes a vacuum-collection system that captures methane gas from a Georgia-based landfill, Hickory Ridge, owned and operated by Republic Services. Methane, a greenhouse gas that is more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, is naturally produced as organic waste breaks down anaerobically in landfills. Our system converts the gas to clean-burning fuel and delivers it to the combined heat-and-power facility (also called a cogeneration, or cogen, plant) via a six-mile pipeline, owned by Atlanta Gas Light.

At the cogen plant -- which is located adjacent to Coca-Cola's facility -- three GE reciprocating engine generators use the gas as a primary fuel source to produce energy. Three Kickham heat-recovery steam generators convert the engines' heat exhaust into steam. A York steam-turbine-driven chiller uses the steam to produce chilled water.

Timeline

  • All contracts executed by December 2010
  • Project financing bonds closed March 2011
  • Commercial operation April 2012

 

 
 
814 A1A North
Suite 308
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
USA

Phone: +1 904 825 0556
Email: info@mas-energy.com