The eThekwini Landfill Gas to Electricity Project

The eThekwini Landfill Gas to Electricity Project

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Landfill Gas forms naturally as rubbish and refuse decomposes over time. Landfill gas mostly comprises Methane (CH4) & Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The mixture varies depending on the type of refuse being disposed. Usually around the composition is 50 – 60 % Methane and 50 – 40 % Carbon Dioxide with approximately 1% of impurities ( SOx & NOx). Methane is a high calorific clean burning gas which can be used to generate electricity. In the case of the Durban landfill to gas project, the fuel is burned in 20 cylinder spark ignition engines which, in-turn, drive a generator to produce electricity which is fed into the local electricity network.

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