Landfill gas utilisation

The landfill deposition of organic materials such as food waste, yard trimmings, paper and wood results in the generation of landfill gas. Anaerobic bacteria degrade these materials to produce landfill gas, which primarily contains methane and carbon dioxide. Landfill gas is typically a combination of methane (50-55%), carbon dioxide (45-50%) and non-methane organic compounds. In addition, oxygen and nitrogen are also observed in landfill gas, which are present mainly as a result of air infiltration.

Landfill gas can be used as a fuel in internal combustion engines or combustion turbines driving either an electrical or gas-powered generator. The generated electricity can be used to power on-site needs such as the blowers for the active gas collection system or leachate treatment system or, more typically, be sold to the local electricity grid. Electricity generation from landfill gas accounts for the majority of landfill gas to energy projects globally.


Landfill gas generation process


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Fadli Fadli
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  • a view a year ago, there is an explosion in one of the landfill in Indonesia, where I came from. After the investigation, they found that the methane concentration was the caused of this explosion. What would be the challenge to implement this technology? and how would we ensure the security?

    Iker Montes-Bageneta
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  • Hello Fadli. I'm sorry about what happened in Indonesia. I am a chemist, I'm not an engineer, so I may not be the best person to answer the security questions. It is true that all chemical installations involve a risk. Therefore, all safety and occupational risk prevention regulations should be complied with in this type of chemical installations. Probably this is not the cleanest or safest energy, but in the case of finding a solution to organic waste, it may be one of the most effective.