Waste methane generates electricity


Cleanergy today announced that its GasBox has been chosen to generate electricity from low-quality methane gas emitted from two major landfill sites in Poland, following a successful pilot project earlier in the year.

An industry first, Cleanergy’s GasBox – the centrepiece of its CHP system – has been specifically developed to generate electricity and heat from low-quality methane gas produced by the decomposition of organic matter at the 2,000+ landfill sites across Europe, most of which are more than 10 years old.

Methane is a major greenhouse gas that warms the earth’s atmosphere 20-30 times more than CO2.  Many landfill sites choose to flare the methane they produce as the resultant CO2 is less damaging to the environment. However, at these Polish landfill sites the methane was released straight into the atmosphere rather than being flared.

Cleanergy’s GasBox was deployed at the Regional Centre of Waste Management in Domaszkowice in Poland in August. This 25-hectare landfill site closed in the year 2000. Since the installation of the GasBox, the electricity generated has been used to power equipment and to heat and electrify buildings at the site.

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