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Project Profile

Antioch Community High School

LMOP Award Winner
Antioch, Illinois
End User(s):
Antioch Community High School, Commonwealth Edison Company
School, Utility
H.O.D. Landfill
Landfill Size:
2 million tons waste-in-place (1984)
Project Type:
Combined Heat and Power (cogeneration) (twelve Capstone 30-kW units)
Project Size:
0.36 megawatts (MW)
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 3,300 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2,900 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 35,600 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 210 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0042 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Capstone Turbine Corporation, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, RMT, Inc., Unison Solutions, Waste Management, Inc.
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Photo of 12 Capstone microturbines and heat collection system installed at Antioch Community High School in Illinois.

Students at Antioch Community High School don't travel far for lessons in resource management, engineering, and biochemistry. With a microturbine cogeneration system on campus, students see firsthand how to save money and help the environment. At 180 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm), landfill gas (LFG) is pumped from the adjacent H.O.D. Landfill (a former Superfund site) to twelve Capstone microturbines. This powerful project earned LMOP's Project of the Year in 2003.

The microturbines provide heat and power to the 262,000 square foot high school, making it the first school in the United States to be heated and powered using LFG. The system produces enough electricity (360 kW) to sell excess to ComEd, while recovering heat from the microturbines to heat the school. The school expects to save more than $100,000 in energy costs every year. Taking only 18 months from grant application to completion, the project shows how diverse parties can come together to succeed.

The project's highlights include:

  • A $550,000 Renewable Energy Resources Program grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Illinois DCEO).
  • Collaboration among several LMOP Partners including RMT, Inc., Waste Management, Illinois DCEO, ComEd, and Unison Solutions, as well as project partners Antioch Community High School and the Village of Antioch.
  • The team overcame a number of challenges such as piping beneath a road, reducing impact on school activities, and chilling the gas to -20°F.
  • Low energy costs for the high school, revenue from the sale of electricity to ComEd, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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