All over the country, public and private institutions are taking great strides towards more conservative energy consumption. In many cases, this means tapping into potential energy sources that have been underutilized. For example, waste-to-energy processes such as landfill gas conversion and anaerobic digestion are excellent solutions for turning unproductive and cumbersome waste into useable energy. Here’s a brief look at waste-to-energy technology and its potential:
· Landfill gas (LFG)
Most of the waste that cannot be recycled or composted ends up in landfills all across the U.S. Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 17 percent of these emissions in 2009 (LMOP). Methane emissions from landfills represent a lost opportunity to capture and use a significant energy resource. LFG is created as solid waste decomposes in a landfill.
Instead of escaping into the air, LFG can be captured, converted, and used as an energy source. Using LFG helps to reduce odors and other hazards associated with LFG emissions, and it helps prevent methane from migrating into the atmosphere and contributing to local smog and global climate change.
· Anaerobic digestion
Anaerobic digestion refers to the breaking down of organic materials without the presence of oxygen. Anaerobic digester (AD) systems reduce greenhouse gas emissions (methane), limit odor from manure storage and application, allow for methane capture and use, and effectively separate manure into usable, valuable byproducts. Anaerobic digestion is one of the many energy solutions that Energy Systems Group helps business and institutions to effectively utilize.
If you’d like to learn more about biogas recovery systems or other renewable energy solutions developed by Energy Systems Group, visit our website at www.energysystemsgroup.com. We’re dedicated to making the world a cleaner, more efficient place for future generations.