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Title: Landfill gas recovery

This facility describes a project that began four years ago as an effort to control odor, but has since grown into the Northeast's largest landfill gas-to-electricity power project. A series of wells and miles of pipe snaking beneath the ground channel gas to the power plant. When operating at capacity, the Northeast Landfill Power Project in Rhode Island can produce 12.3 megawatts of electricity for sale enough to power about 17,500 households. Landfill gas (LFG) is produced naturally as organic solid waste decomposes. Typically, LFG consists of methane (50 to 55 percent), carbon dioxide (45 to 50 percent),a nd small amounts of nitrogen, oxygen and various trace elements. Left uncontrolled, LFG will migrate out of a landfill and into the atmosphere, creating odor, safety and environmental problems.
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OSTI Identifier:
5925151
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: BioCycle; (United States); Journal Volume: 32:8
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; METHANE; BIOSYNTHESIS; MUNICIPAL WASTES; BIODEGRADATION; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY CONSERVATION; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; ODOR; RHODE ISLAND; SANITARY LANDFILLS; ALKANES; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; DECOMPOSITION; HYDROCARBONS; MANAGEMENT; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; ORGANOLEPTIC PROPERTIES; POWER PLANTS; SYNTHESIS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES 090900* -- Biomass Fuels-- Processing-- (1990-)