16 Mar '12, 2pm

From Garbage to Gas to Energy

The technology is now fully mature. Of some 2400 landfills in the U.S., more than 500 landfill gas conversion plants are operating today, with another 500 sites under consideration. “People have been commercially recovering landfill gas since 1975,” said Jean Bogner, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and geochemist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “Compared to biomass, the good thing about municipal solid waste is there’s a good, established collection system for it.” Landfill methane gas is generated by decomposing organic material in municipal solid waste like food, yard waste, leaves, grass, paper, and lumber and accounts for about a quarter of total man-made U.S. methane emissions. Even so, LFGTE projects still amount to only a fraction of a percent of the country’s total energy production. “We’re starting to more and more view waste as a valuable product that...

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