Landfill methane comes from bacteria breaking down garbage in landfill sites. Besides being a greenhouse gas, methane creates odours and can migrate underground, collect inside buildings and cause explosions. In extreme cases, it can ignite and cause large, highly polluting fires that are difficult to extinguish. For these reasons, most municipalities are required to collect and destroy the methane.
Reduce Greenhouse Gases
Landfill operators collect methane by building a system of wells and pipes that convey the gas to a header. Traditionally landfills would burn, or ‘flare,’ the methane they collect. Today, this is recognized as wasting a valuable resource. Alternatively, landfill-gas-to-energy projects use gaseous-fueled generators, to produce electricity and/or thermal energy. Since landfills require very little electric energy, electricity can be sold back to the grid.
Cat 3520C Generator for Landfills
- Delivers traditional Cat landfill engine features with treated aftercooler cores, bearings, and cylinder heads
- Power Range form 1.6 - 2 MW
- Keeps harmful substances from condensing inside the engine
- Critical components are corrosion resistant
- Ejects potentially corrosive gases from the engine
The Toromont Advantage
Toromont has completed many profitable turnkey landfill-gas-to-energy products.
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