Dresser-Rand business gas engine powering Lockheed Martin waste-to-energy initiative

  • Guascor gas engine used in 250 kilowatt advanced gasification plant at Lockheed Martin manufacturing plant in Owego, NY
  • Bioenergy system will use wood chips, municipal solid waste to produce electricity, offset energy costs, reduce emissions
  • Distributed energy project advances Lockheed Martin effort to commercialize its waste-to-energy technology for global use


Tuesday, November 8, 2016 11:04 am EST


Houston, TX
"Lockheed Martin is at the forefront of an exciting trend, as more and more industrial and institutional energy consumers seek to produce their own power – transitioning to systems that help save money and reduce emissions while addressing the world’s waste disposal problems."

The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division, supplied a Guascor gas engine for use in an advanced gasification bioenergy plant at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, NY, facility – powering operations at the plant and advancing the company’s global waste-to-energy initiative. Commissioned recently during a special ceremony, the 250 kilowatt power generation system represents the first demonstration of Lockheed Martin’s waste-to-energy technology.

The advanced gasification system will use Concord Blue technology to gasify wood chips or municipal solid waste, converting the organic waste into fuel for the Guascor SGFLD240 gas engine. The engine in turn produces electricity that is used to offset energy costs. Heat is recovered from the engine to assist in drying the feedstock – wood chips and municipal solid waste – for the gasifier. The Guascor gas engine was chosen because of its reliability in handling hydrogen-based fuel that will be created from waste material into clean, renewable energy.

“As a technology partner for Lockheed Martin’s forward-looking waste-to-energy initiative, we are very pleased to deliver an environmentally-friendly solution that is tailored to the company’s specific goals and objectives. The Guascor engine’s ability to operate on a diverse range of fuels makes it a perfect fit for this innovative project,” said Chris Nagle, Head of the Engine Business for North America at the Dresser-Rand business. “Lockheed Martin is at the forefront of an exciting trend, as more and more industrial and institutional energy consumers seek to produce their own power – transitioning to systems that help save money and reduce emissions while addressing the world’s waste disposal problems.”

Dresser-Rand Guascor engines help manufacturers, universities, hospitals and institutions optimize the energy potential of their facilities by combining heating with on-site power production. By generating electricity on site and recovering heat that would typically be wasted in a conventional power plant, users benefit from increased energy efficiency and reduced energy costs and carbon emissions. 

The Lockheed Martin waste to energy initiative serves as an example of a distributed energy system (DES), which encompasses a diverse array of generation, storage, energy monitoring and control solutions. DES technologies offer building owners and energy consumers significant opportunities to reduce emissions, improve reliability and reduce costs through on-site generation and dynamic load management.

The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas, offers some of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly technology platforms, products and services in distributed power generation for oil and gas, industrial, institutional, and commercial clients and rural electrification programs. Solutions include: combined heat and power (CHP) systems, Guascor® biogas-fueled gen-sets, hybrid systems (solar photovoltaic and engine-based gen-sets), biomass and waste-to-energy steam turbine generators, compressed air energy storage (CAES), and more. With the world’s largest installed base, one of the world’s largest technical support and service center networks, and a presence in more than 150 countries worldwide, the Dresser-Rand business delivers local solutions and services on a global scale.



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Erin Brown

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