From Garbage to Gas

Longitudes

Anne Kim

What was once the I-95 landfill near Lorton, Virginia, is now dozens of acres of rolling green fields dotted by more than 200 metal pipes emerging from the grass.

The pipes – wellheads for natural gas – are collecting methane generated by more than 10 million tons of decomposing garbage dumped by Washington, D.C.-area residents over the last 30 years.

A vacuum pump draws the gas from underground, through the wellheads, and connects it to roughly 14 miles of pipeline running throughout the landfill. Under each wellhead, there’s a three-foot bore hole that extends 110 feet down into the waste mass.

Although it closed in 1995, officials expect the landfill to emit gas for at least the next decade.

Finding gold in landfills

On its most productive days, the landfill generates 2,000 cubic feet of gas per minute – enough to create 4.9 megawatts of electricity, explained Fairfax…

View original post 848 more words

Advertisements
About

Take care at our planet, go Green.

Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Hillbilly African

Minimalism, Eco-friendliness, Motherhood, Life

simple Ula

I want to be rich. Rich in love, rich in health, rich in laughter, rich in adventure and rich in knowledge. You?

Stay Sustainable 🌎

A blog dedicated to sustainability and the protection of our planet.

Getaway Outdoor Adventures

Treat your family a great Adventures they never forget!

The Next Big 'Zing'

Forecasting the Road to Alternative Energy

Messy Bun and Coffee

By Krystel Ocampo

stevegoesgreen

Time to switch to environmentally friendly cars!

Naturally LivEco

Living The Eco Way...

Monkey In The Middle

Stay tuned and stay involved

Witchery & Whiskers

A little slice of magic

HumanKind

Everybody is Different Everybody is Human

%d bloggers like this: