Landfill Gas

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  1. Automated Upgrading of Landfill Gas Using Water Absorption for Carbon Dioxide Removal
  2. Upgrading Plant for Producing Grid Quality Gas from Landfill Gas Using Pressure Swing Adsorption
  3. Landfill Leachate Treatment Using Landfill Gas Fired CHP Plant
  4. Landfill Gas Fuels a Fluidised Bed Limestone Calciner
  5. Improvement of Landfill Gas by Membrane Filtration
  6. Direct Use of Land Fill Gas in Brick Kilns Proves Economic
  7. Landfill Gas Used in CHP Unit for Greenhouses with Electricity Exported to Grid
  8. Electricity and Heat from Landfill Gas at Appley Bridge, Lancashire
  9. Up-grading Landfill Gas Using Membrane Filtration
  10. Electricity and Heat Production from the Largest Landfill Gas Plant in Denmark
  11. Landfill Gas Upgrading Unit, Nuenen
  12. Landfill Gas from a Land Reclamation Site Inside Tokyo Harbour
  13. Biological Treatment of Landfill Leachate Fuelled by Landfill Gas
  14. Decentralised Energy Production from Ostdeponi Landfill Gas Plant in Denmark
  15. Electricity and Heat from Landfill Gas
  16. Direct Use of Landfill Gas in Brick Kilns at Cheadle Works, Cheshire
  17. Landfill Gas to Electricity at Greenmount, Rosedale and Silverstream Landfills
  18. Landfill Gas Provides Process Energy and Space Heating for a Tile Factory
  19. Aunsogard Landfill Gas Plant
  20. North Carolina Landfill Gas Used to Generate Steam Power for Pharmaceutical Plant
  21. Landfill Gas Fuels Boilers in a Food Factory
  22. Electric Power Generation from Landfill Gas at Calvert, Buckinghamshire
  23. A Small Scale Biogas Fired CHP System at Finham Sewage Works
  24. 11 MW of Electric Power from Landfill Gas at Brogborough, Bedfordshire
  25. Yolo County Demonstration Cell Maximises Landfill Methane Recovery While Minimising Emissions
  26. Pure Energy - Selling Renewable Energy to Customers Through the Electricity Grid
  27. Narre Warren Landfill 5 MW Gas Power Station
  28. Landfill Gas Fuels a Lean-burn Gas Engine to Produce 1.3 MW Electricity
  29. Landfill Gas Provides a Cheaper Fuel Source for Brick Kilns
  30. EPA Demonstrates the Use of Landfill Gas in Fuel Cells
  31. Low Calorific Value Landfill Gas as a Fuel for Electricity Generation
  32. Power Generation from Landfill Gas Using Spark Ignition Gas Engines Remote from  Landfill Site
  33. Landfill Gas as a Fuel for Electricity Generation Using a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine
  34. Shank & McEwan's Landfill Gas Site and Power Station at Greengairs, Scotland
  35. Energy from Pre-sorted Household Waste
  36. Landfill Gas at Winterton Landfill Site

Technical Brochures

5: Power Generation from Landfill Gas, Middleton Broom, UK

Gas from a landfill site is pumped 1,500 m to the power station. Commissioned in 1993, the plant has a capacity of 1.2 MW, feeding its output into the electricity grid.  (Printed 1994)

11: Landfill Gas Fuelled Power Plant Using a Lean-Burn Gas Engine, Norway

A power plant  is fuelled by gas from a landfill site. The electrical efficiency of the plant is 37%, with a net electrical output of 1.3 MW. The use of a  specially tuned, medium speed, lean-burn engine is expected to prolong the life of the power plant and decrease the running costs per kWh produced, compared to similar plants. (Printed 1995)

32: Upgrading Landfill Gas To Natural Gas Quality in the Netherlands

Landfill gas can be  used as a substitute for natural gas only if carbon dioxide is removed to increase the proportion of methane in the gas. Two Dutch landfill sites have  been equipped with upgrading units to achieve this. One of these sites uses a water absorber to separate carbon dioxide and methane; the other uses a pressure swing adsorption system. Each unit is fed with 9 million m3/year of  landfill gas and produces 4.5 million m3/year  of substitute natural gas. (Printed 1996)

42: Efficient Use of Landfill Gas in a Power Station

In 1987 a UK company built a power station to use the gas collected from a landfill site. The  gas fuels a turbine which drives an alternator generating 3.65 MW of electricity at an overall thermal efficiency of 27%. In 1991, a waste-heat boiler and condensing steam turbo-alternator were  installed to exploit additional  gas being collected and to make use of the heat wasted in the gas turbine exhaust. The power output increased to 9 MW and the overall thermal efficiency rose to about 40%. (Printed 1996)

44: Landfill in Disused Quarries Produces Gas for Heat and Electricity, UK

Two sandstone quarries which had reached the end of their useful lives were filled with domestic waste. The large quantities of methane-rich gas formed by the microbial  breakdown of the refuse was used by a purpose-built power station to generate electricity for sale to the regional electricity company and provide a direct gas supply to a local factory. Waste heat from the power station was  used in a nearby fish farm. Between January and November 1995, the power station operated at 96% availability and produced 34 GWh of electricity. (Printed 1996)

53: Landfill Gas from a Land Reclamation Site in Tokyo Harbour, Japan

The first Japanese power plant fuelled by landfill gas (LFG) was built in 1986 at the land reclamation landfill site inside Tokyo Harbour. In nine years of operation the  plant, with a capacity of 960 kW has recovered 19 million m3 of LFG and generated 34.8 GWh of energy. The project has successfully demonstrated in japan the practicability of LFG power generation on a sea based site using waste  for land reclamation. (Printed 1997)

55: Landfill Gas Powers Brick Production (UK)

This landfill gas project clearly demonstrates how co-operation between industry and a local  authority can work to their mutual benefit and to the advantage of  the community as a whole. A clay products company extracts clay from quarries to supply its nearby brickworks. The cavities are then filled with refuse from the surrounding area. Methane produced by the decomposing waste is  collected and used to fire the brick kilns. The landfill site has been carefully landscaped and has become an amenity for local  residents, as well as providing wildlife habitats. (Printed 1997)

92: Landfill Gas Used to Fuel a Power Station

A power station at Scotland's largest landfill site currently exports 3.8 MW of electricity, generated from gas produced by the waste in the landfill, to the grid.  Four generator sets, with lean-burn engines are  currently running and additional sets are planned which will give a total capacity of  about 8 MW.  The gas collection system is designed to abstract the maximum amount of gas from the waste in order to reduce gas migration and  odours.

98: Power Generation from Landfill Gas, Winterton Power Plant, UK

Winterton landfill site receives 250,000 tonnes/year of waste.  Landfill gas extraction was introduced at the end of the 1980s.  Winterton Power Plant was built in 1996 to  convert about 7 million cubic metres of landfill gas to electricity annually. This brochure describes both the power plant and the extraction system used to collect the landfill gas. 

99: Electricity and Heat Production from the Largest Landfill Gas Plant in Denmark

Denmark's largest landfill gas plant is located at a recently-closed landfill site on reclaimed land.  It is a CHP plant which uses the methane gas from the waste to  produce  energy.  The landfill site contains over 6 million tonnes of waste, and estimates indicate that the site will produce methane for 15 to 20 years. A remotely-monitored automatic measuring and regulation system was developed  especially for this plant.

Newsletter Articles

2/95 Perth's Energy-saving Superdrome - Australia
4/95 Energy from Landfill Gas in the UK
Converting Landfill Gas to Energy - A Small Companies Experience - also in pdf format
4/97 Landfill Gas Powers Brick Production - also in pdf format
2/00 Landfill gas progresses in the Netherlands - also in pdf format


A study has been completed on the status of energy from landfill gas, based on existing published literature and the latest information. The work was undertaken jointly with the IEA Bioenergy  Programme, and a report published in February 2000. The report is available from your National Team (member countries) or the CADDET centre (non-members).

Last updated 05 October, 2000

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