Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Estimating landfill gas potential

Date:
May 26, 2011
Source:
Inderscience Publishers
Summary:
Research suggests that landfill gas-recovery projects should be implemented quickly if the maximum amount of methane gas is to be retrieved from organic waste in as short as time as possible, according to a new study.

Research suggests that landfill gas-recovery projects should be implemented quickly if the maximum amount of methane gas is to be retrieved from organic waste in as short as time as possible, according to a study published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management.

Through appropriate management, landfill can be used to generate an alternative fuel gas containing that has half the caloric value of natural gas. Landfill gas (LFG) comprises approximately 50% methane and 50% carbon dioxide. However, such management requires significant investments before project commencement with no guarantee of how much methane can be generated and on what timescale.

Ed McBean, Professor of Engineering and Canada Research Chair, at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, has assessed the rate at which LFG is produced by the Villa Dominico Landfill in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This landfill, as is common in landfills in the developing world, has a high organic matter content and is very moist. In these conditions, landfills generate LFG through anaerobic biodegradation of food and other organic waste at a high rate, 73% of the total LFG produced in the first five years after refuse placement and 93% within a decade.

"The implications for landfills are that LFG recovery projects must be implemented quickly before the gas is lost to the atmosphere," says McBean. LFG can be used for generation of electricity, heating of greenhouses, and production of boiler fuel as well as precluding direct release of this greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. That said, upfront investment amounting to millions of dollars is required for infrastructure construction to utilise LFG. "The accuracy of multi-year projections of the recoverable quantities of LFG is of paramount importance," McBean adds. His new model for estimating LFG potential of a given landfill could address this issue.

Reference: "In-situ estimation of the methane generation rate for a wet and highly organic solid waste landfill" in Int. J. Environment and Waste Management, 2011, 8, 123-132


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Inderscience Publishers. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Inderscience Publishers. "Estimating landfill gas potential." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 May 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110526103000.htm>.
Inderscience Publishers. (2011, May 26). Estimating landfill gas potential. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110526103000.htm
Inderscience Publishers. "Estimating landfill gas potential." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110526103000.htm (accessed September 17, 2014).

Share This



More Earth & Climate News

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Raw: Scientists Examine Colossal Squid

Raw: Scientists Examine Colossal Squid

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) Squid experts in New Zealand thawed and examined an unusual catch on Tuesday: a colossal squid. It was captured in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea in December last year and has been frozen for eight months. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Man Floats for 31 Hours in Gulf Waters

Man Floats for 31 Hours in Gulf Waters

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) A Texas man is lucky to be alive after he and three others floated for more than a day in the Gulf of Mexico when their boat sank during a fishing trip. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Researchers Explore Shipwrecks Off Calif. Coast

Researchers Explore Shipwrecks Off Calif. Coast

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) Federal researchers are exploring more than a dozen underwater sites where they believe ships sank in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Isolated N. Korea Asks For International Help With Volcano

Isolated N. Korea Asks For International Help With Volcano

Newsy (Sep. 16, 2014) Mount Paektu volcano in North Korea is showing signs of life and there's not much known about it. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

    Environment News

      Technology News



      Save/Print:
      Share:

      Free Subscriptions


      Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

      Get Social & Mobile


      Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

      Have Feedback?


      Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
      Mobile: iPhone Android Web
      Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
      Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
      Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins