5 November 2007

Business report: “Landfill gas”

With rising concern about energy sources, landfill gas (LFG) has emerged as an easily available, economically competitive, and proven energy resource. As Research and Markets points out in its “Landfill Gas (LFG) Business Package “, there were 375 LFG energy (LFGE) projects in the United States in January 2005, generating electricity or providing direct-use energy sources for boilers, furnaces, and other applications. Approximately 100 direct-use LFGE projects in operation burned over 70 billion cubic feet (bcf) of LFGE in 2004.

The report on landfill gas treatment and utilization examines the LFG industry and contains basic information about LFG, its composition, production, conditions affecting its production, movement, and transport; and health hazards and safety issues related to LFG. The report also contains an overview of LFG sampling, treatment procedures, control measures, regulatory requirements, and much more. This is a comprehensive information bank for decision makers in the energy industry and an information source for others interested in this rapidly-growing industry.

Landfill gas – considerable potential for sustainable energy production
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), there are still more than 600 landfills that could be developed, offering a potential gas flow capacity of over 280 bcf per year.

LFG is a byproduct of the decay process of organic matter in municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The gas typically contains approximately 50% methane and 50% carbon dioxide, with some additional trace compounds. The heat value of LFG ranges from 400 to 600 British thermal units (Btu) per cubic foot and can burn in virtually any application with minor adjustments to air/fuel ratios. The use of LFG provides environmental and economic benefits, and users of LFG have achieved significant cost savings compared to traditional fuel usage due primarily to the fact that LFG costs are consistently lower than the cost of natural gas.

Additionally, because LFG is comprised of approximately 50% methane, a major greenhouse gas, reducing landfill methane emissions by utilizing it as a fuel helps businesses, energy providers, and communities protect the environment and build a more sustainable energy future.

Research and markets offers an “LFG Package” consisting of:
1. 163 page Report
2. LFG Companies Directory-Excel
3. LFG Project Directory-Excel
4. Landfill Gas Emissions Model Calculator-Excel
5. Emission Reductions and Environmental and Energy Benefits Calculator-Excel
6. LFG Conference Proceedings-PDF

The LPG package is sold at US$ 617 per copy and can be ordered from www.researchandmarkets.com.

Source: Research and Markets, 2007-10-02.

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