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Sewer Plant Debuts System Converting Methane To Electricity | KUNR

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img_1460-9451851-5072712The cities of Sparks and Reno are touting energy and cost savings after unveiling a new $25 million system that turns sewage into electricity. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

“As you can tell, it’s a big engine and it’s loud,” says Michael Drinkwater, plant manager at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility. “It’s a GE Jenbacher, 20-cylinder engine, so we’re burning right now approximately 250 cubic feet per minute of methane gas.”

He’s explaining how the cogeneration system uses methane gas, a natural byproduct of the sewage treatment process, to produce electricity for the plant.

Read more from our media partner, Reno Public Radio: Sewer Plant Debuts System Converting Methane To Electricity | KUNR

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