Control of methane emissions issuing from lanffills: the Canadian case
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TitleControl of methane emissions issuing from lanffills: the Canadian case
Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control II, 2007: 193-200. ISBN: 978-84-9749-258-4
[Abstract] During their storage in landfills, wastes are biodegraded, which results in the production of biogas and leachate. Over recent years, the handling of the leachate product has become one of major concern. However, in the case of biogas product, elimination or valorization processes are applied in a smaller proportion, even if the methane emissions, directly related to landfills, are some 25 % of the total anthropogenic methane emissions. Indeed, many older or smaller landfills are deprived of gas collection systems, thereby making impossible the application of gas combustion and/or valorization methods. Therefore, other processes have to be considered, e.g., the biofiltration of methane. In this paper, the results of an experiment, undertaken to confirm the stability of the biofiltration system that has been developed at Université de Sherbrooke by the Biocom group, are presented. At a methane inlet concentration of around 7500 ppmv and a gas flow rate of 0.25 m3/h, the conversion of the biofilter can be maintained at 22 % unchanged for a period of 150 days or more. Even after the cessation of methane feeding and biofilter irrigation for some 2 weeks, the biofilter performance was able to be restored, in only one week, to the same operating level as it was maintained before the deliberate shutdown.