Using renewable resources for energy efficiency is a key part of becoming green. Waste-to-energy programs allow many organizations to harness the power of existing resources to reduce waste and create energy simultaneously.
Landfill gas (LFG) is naturally produced during the decomposition of waste products. It is composed largely of methane and carbon dioxide, with trace elements of nitrogen and oxygen. By utilizing these gases instead of letting them simply be released into the atmosphere, landfill gas serves as a readily available, local and renewable energy source that offsets the need for non-renewable resources such as oil and coal.
· Landfill gas can be used to generate different forms of energy. It can be used directly in lieu of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, which are non-renewable resources. Landfills are typically readily accessible by municipalities, and with a quality energy service provider at your side, you can have a turn-key energy facility in just a short amount of time.
· Landfill gas can also be used to generate both electricity and thermal energy. This energy can be used to heat water, regulate HVAC systems, or even produce steam, which in turn can be used for more energy-efficient processes.
· Electricity generated by landfill gas energy plants can be distributed to consumers or used internally at your facilities. For landfill owners, this can help offset overhead costs and even generate profits.
· Finally, landfill gas can be upgraded to pipeline-quality gas whereby the gas may be used directly or processed into an alternative vehicle fuel.
The many benefits and applications of LFG are what make it one of the most efficient waste-to-energy solutions. Using LFG helps to reduce odors and other hazards associated with LFG emissions, and it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Systems Group is an Industry Partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). If you would like to learn more about using your landfill as an energy-efficient resource, contact Energy Systems Group at (812) 618-4699 or visit our website at www.energysystemsgroup.com.