EPA funds Methane to Markets projects

By Ryan C. Christiansen
The U.S. EPA has awarded approximately $1 million to projects that seek to capture methane gas from agricultural waste, and more than $1.4 million to projects that plan to capture methane gas from landfills in foreign countries. The projects are being funded through the global Methane to Markets Partnership, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions using methane recovery and energy systems. The United States and 13 other countries launched the partnership in November 2004. It now includes 21 partners, including the European Commission.

The following projects have been funded to capture methane gas from agricultural waste:

›The Department of Livestock and Cooperation in Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture received $700,000 to assist in reducing methane from swine farms.

›The Fundacion Guanajuato Produce in Mexico received $149,550 to develop technical standards for the design, construction and installation of anaerobic digesters.

›The International Institute for Energy Conservation in India received $100,062 to assess the potential of capturing methane from distillery and winery waste.

›The National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology Rural Development Administration in Korea received $98,500 to capture methane from agricultural wastes.

The following projects have been funded to capture methane gas from landfills:

›The Fundacao Promar in Brazil received $98,500 to develop a plan for landfill management in the State of Espirito Santo.

›The Renewable Energy Agency in Ukraine received $98,500 to conduct a landfill gas feasibility study, and to install a collection system and flare at the Rivne Landfill.

›The Municipality of Guayaquil in Ecuador received $192,600 for activities that advance methane recovery and its use as a clean energy source in Las Iguanas Landfill.

›The Environmental Sanitation Engineering Technical Research Center in China received $175,000 to conduct a feasibility study for landfill gas energy recovery and utilization.

›The Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires in Argentina received $150,000 to use landfill gas as fuel for a pyrolysis furnace.

›The Institute for Environmental Management Inc. in India received $150,000 to improve landfill methane energy recovery from landfills.

›The Oil and Gas Institute in Poland received $100,000 to study the capabilities of landfill gas as a potential energy source.

›The Center for People and the Environment in Nigeria received $90,000 for a prefeasibility study exploring the conversion of landfill gas to electricity from landfills.