Shambaugh's electrical and mechanical divisions provided a significant amount of value-engineering deductions. Also, by using methane gas to generate electricity, 28 percent of the plant is now alternatively powered. This method saves General Motors Corporation close to $3.5 million per year in energy costs.
GM required various electrical solutions, fire alarms, and building lighting controls for the the truck and bus assembly plant in Allen County, Indiana. The plant uses methane gas produced by landfills to generate electricity—the first of its kind in North America.
Scope of Services
- Four 1.6 MW Caterpillar generators
- Paralleling switchgear
- 6-MVA pad-mount transformer
- 24-V DC battery system, including all power and control wiring
- New gas monitoring system
- Building fire alarm
- All building lighting and controls
- Furnished and installed the piping for 4 Caterpillar generators, which have become the prototype installation in other GM facilities.
The gas created by decomposing waste is routed through eight miles of pipe to the GM plant. The gas then goes through four 20-cylinder combustible engines that are fitted with generators to produce electricity.