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Generating electricity from landfill gas in Brazil

The Uberlândia landfills I and II project aims to collect methane gas produced from the landfills and convert it into clean electricity. The project covers two landfill sites, one of which received 2.1 million tonnes of waste between 1995-2010 and the other expected to receive 4.5 million m3 of waste during its lifetime. The infrastructure required to capture and convert the methane gas into electricity will be installed, with a total capacity of 2.8 MW. The project is expected to generate 354,968 MWh of energy over its lifetime. This initiative prevents the release of harmful methane emissions into the atmosphere and avoids the use of fossil fuel-based electricity from the Brazilian National Grid. In addition, the project provides employment opportunities for skilled operators who are required to operate and maintain the machinery. The Gold Standard has verified the project.

Landfills produce methane gas as organic waste decomposes, which can be harnessed as a source of renewable energy. Methane has 34 times the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide over a century, making landfill methane emissions a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. The capture and use of landfill methane as a source of energy prevents its harmful release into the atmosphere and reduces the need for coal, oil, or natural gas for energy production. The benefits of this solution are twofold: it prevents landfill emissions and displaces the use of fossil fuels.

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