California county pilots Mainspring biogas generator

The Yolo County Central Landfill will deploy the Mainspring Linear Generator in a few weeks.

Mainspring Energy, a Menlo Park, California-based clean power generation provider, has entered into an agreement with Yolo County, California, to pilot its Linear Generator at the Yolo County Central Landfill.

Expected to be deployed in a few weeks, the pilot will be Mainspring’s first 100 percent landfill biogas project. According to the company, the generator will run on biogas produced by the landfill to generate electricity that can be used for site operations or exported to the grid.

“One big advantage of a fuel-agnostic generator design is the ability to convert biogas from a number of agricultural and waste management operations into useful, renewable electricity,” says Shannon Miller, CEO and founder of Mainspring. “We are honored to be working with an innovative municipality like Yolo County to unlock the potential of Mainspring's technology in this important global use case.”

The pilot project will provide important real-world system experience as Yolo County evaluates the fuel-flexible linear generator technology in its biogas system, Mainspring says.

“We are excited to partner with Mainspring and continue to demonstrate [the] production of renewable electricity using a new and innovative technology that has the potential to increase [the] efficiency of electricity production and reduce air emissions,” says Ramin Yazdani, director of Integrated Waste Management at Yolo County.

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