Wisconsin landfill becomes renewable energy hub

Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 11:08 AM
posted by rene5432

A Wisconsin landfill has recently started using gas from the waste to power electricity in a unique new renewable energy program, the Appleton Post Crescent reports.

Hickory Meadows landfill in Hilbert, Wisconsin, run by Veolia Energy North America, will now produce green energy by injecting the methane gas released by the waste removed from the site into combustion engines that generate electric power.

The project, under construction since 2010, has been dubbed a gas-to-energy process.

The landfill used to be home to an overwhelming amount of gas, a combination of half methane and half carbon dioxide that was produced by the bacteria at the site that digested the waste.

Today, that site is now projected to generate 42,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy each year. This amount of energy can power approximately 2,800 homes, according to the news source. Veolia will sell the energy produced to Wisconsin Public Service, based in Green Bay. The company serves approximately 437,000 electrical customers and 317,000 natural gas customers.

According to the Macon County News, a similar project is underway in North Carolina. The Jackson County Green Energy Park will turn the gases produced at an old landfill in Dillsboro to fuel blacksmith forges, a foundry, glassblowing studios and greenhouses at the park.

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