Bluesphere announces expansion into landfill gas-to-energy
Bluesphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, has announced it is pursuing a strategy to work in partnership with landfill owners to convert harmful methane gas emissions from landfills into electricity. The process is based on readily available technology that is already being used is various parts of the U.S. and other parts of the world.
When organic materials in landfills decompose, methane gas is created. Traditionally, landfill owners have allowed methane gas to seep into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming, or in some cases, have burned the gas as a waste product. Methane can be converted into energy by drilling pipes into the landfill. Through these pipes methane is directed into a gas turbine or internal combustion engine which converts the gas into electricity. The electricity can either be used on-site or sold to the local electric utility and fed into the grid.
Bluesphere CEO Shlomi Palas commented, "A large number of the landfills in the U.S., particularly in the southeastern region, are not productively using methane gas emitted from landfills. These landfills are the oil fields of the future."
"We believe we can offer a very favorable partnership to current landfill owners by providing the equipment, expertise, and power purchase agreements to convert what is now an unused asset, methane gas, into a revenue stream. We've been in talks with state representatives looking to increase green energy production and reduce methane emissions. They have invited and welcomed our efforts to work with landfill owners in their jurisdictions on methane-to-electricity conversions."
"This immediate market opportunity is another short term path to additional revenue generation for Bluesphere," added Palas.
According to the U.S. EPA methane is over 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere and landfills are the third largest man-made source of methane in the U.S. The EPA already has an initiative in place, the Landfill Methane Outreach Program, to promote the conversion of landfill methane into energy. The White House, in its latest action on climate change, is calling for a reduction in methane gas emissions. As a part of this strategy, the government is looking to potentially propose new landfill reduction laws to support biogas.
Bluesphere's move to work in partnership with landfill owners is designed to generate revenues for the landfill operator and for Bluesphere, while also benefitting the environment by reducing harmful methane gas emissions and generating clean, renewable energy.