Bluesphere to produce electricity using methane of US landfills

Bluesphere, a clean energy company has announced that it is developing a strategy to partner with landfill owners to convert methane gas emissions from landfills into electricity.

The process is based on a technology, being used is various parts of the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Methane gas is formed when organic materials in landfills decompose. This methane gas seeps into the atmosphere, enhancing global warming, or gets burned as a waste product.

By drilling pipes into the landfill and then directing the gas into turbine or internal combustion engine it is converted into electricity which can be used on-site or sold to the local electric utility.

Most of the landfills in the southeastern region, are not using methane gas emitted from landfills, but they are the oil fields of the future, commented, Shlomi Palas, CEO, Bluesphere.

Through this partnership landfill owners are offered equipment, expertise, and power purchase agreements to convert methane gas, into a revenue stream. The talks are on with state representatives trying to increase green energy production and reduce methane emissions. They have welcomed these efforts to work with landfill owners in their jurisdictions on methane-to-electricity conversions, explained Palas.

This immediate market opportunity is another short term path to additional revenue generation for Bluesphere, added Palas.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), methane is over 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide and landfills are the third largest man-made source of methane.

The EPA has taken an initiative with Landfill Methane Outreach Program, to promote the conversion of landfill methane into energy.

Government is taking action on climate change calling for a reduction in methane gas emissions and as part of the strategy, new landfill reduction laws are implemented to support biogas.

Bluesphere’s drive to join hands with landfill owners is intended to produce revenues for the landfill operator and for Bluesphere, while profiting the environment by reducing methane gas emissions and promoting renewable energy.

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