With the acquisition of this 3.2-megawatt (MW) plant, the G&T s total generating capacity at its LFGTE
facilities increases to nearly 47 MW and is its first such project in Illinois.
The potential benefit of the LFGTE
project is that it could encourage other landfill sites to use the gas that is currently being flared for conversion to electricity.
The new LFGTE
initiative aims to convert waste to to useful energy, highlighting a new long-term energy development model that potentially can be emulated in other parts of the country.
Except two LFGTE projects that use the energy for on-site consumption or as a fuel for thermal process, the rest burn the LFG in closed flares to assure the destruction of methane.
This study explores the potential for LFGTE projects by analyzing technical and economical issues based on the following objectives: the assessment of the MSW generation rate in Argentine and the potential of disposal sites that contribute to the LFG production, and to determine the potential of LFG capture and electricity generation for different sizes of cities (landfills).
One of the first stages to evaluate the potential of electricity generation from LFG is to establish the candidate sites for LFGTE projects.
At most landfills in the United States, these greenhouse gases are simply burned off, or "flared." However, Waste Management sites that have LFGTE facilities collect the methane and use it to fuel onsite engines or turbines, generating electricity to power surrounding homes and neighborhoods while creating a new revenue stream for the landfills.
As part of its initiative, in 2007 Waste Management plans to commission LFGTE projects at landfills in Texas, Virginia, New York, Colorado, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
(NYSE:WMI) has announced a major initiative to expand its roster of landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) facilities.
Using the Lebanon LFGTE
project as an example, Vincent explains, "We offtake the methane gas produced in the landfill, we clean it, we burn it as a fuel for our gas generators to use as electricity, which is very beneficial.
The new LFGTE project is a significant initiative in which the waste is converted to useful energy, highlighting a new long-term energy development model that potentially can be emulated in other parts of the country.
The LFGTE project is set to begin operating during the last quarter of 2013.