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Project Profile

Granger Energy and Rolls-Royce

LMOP Award Winner
Indianapolis, Indiana
End User(s):
Rolls-Royce, Crossroads Greenhouse
Industrial (aircraft turbine engines), Greenhouse
South Side Landfill
Landfill Size:
15 million tons waste-in-place (2000)
Project Type:
Greenhouse, Boiler, Turbine
Project Size:
1,875 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) and 4 megawatts (MW)
$2 million in avoided fuel costs (Rolls-Royce only)
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 9,200 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 8,300 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 100,600 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 2,400 homes and heating 6,400 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0118 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Granger Energy
Last Updated:

Photo of gas turbine at Rolls-Royce facility in Indiana.

When you hear Rolls-Royce, you think of excellence in luxury cars. But worldwide, the company also strives for excellence in environmental, health, and safety standards, while upholding its values of reliability, integrity, and innovation. As part of its early and ongoing commitment to the environment, Rolls-Royce partnered with Granger Energy, LLC, who earned LMOP's Industry Partner of the Year award in 2001.

Granger approached Rolls-Royce about using surplus landfill gas (LFG) from the South Side Landfill to fuel the manufacturing plant. In 1999, Rolls-Royce signed a partnership agreement with Granger, who is the project developer, gas lessor, and project co-owner. Granger supplies LFG to the boilers, which produce steam to support the company's aircraft engine manufacturing operation.

Granger's and Rolls-Royce's success includes the following:

  • Since 1989, Granger has provided LFG to the 6-acre Crossroads Greenhouse, the site of Indiana's first LFG energy project.
  • In 1999, Rolls-Royce converted three boilers to burn LFG.
  • In 2000, Rolls-Royce received the Indiana Governor's Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention.
  • In 2001, Rolls-Royce modified a 5-MW turbine, which generates electricity for on-site use.

According to Thomas Jennings, Manager of Power and Utilities at Rolls-Royce, the project demonstrates a successful public-private partnership, and the company's commitment to environmental protection.

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