Landfill Gas to Energy: Case Studies


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This course focuses on developing financially viable landfill gas (LFG) projects at small or closed landfills (<2 million tons), including successful case studies. Additionally, the course outlines a two-tier strategy to develop a successful project. This discussion will present various options for creating a successful project including equipment selection and methods of revenue generation.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to:

  • Discuss landfill owner benefits of implementing LFG production and the challenges to financial viability
  • Apply the steps required to determine viability of a LFG project
  • Define the mechanics of the LFG system
  • Discuss LFG successes and challenges of the Black Creek Renewable Energy site and the Sampson County Disposal site
  • Demonstrate the steps required in LFG permitting and contract negotiations
  • Describe emerging & limited use LFG technologies
  • Demonstrate successful design and installation considerations

Course Length

76 minutes

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Presenter Biography

TIM KELLY, Ph.D., P.E. brings over 19-years of civil and environmental engineering experience to Joyce Engineering, Inc. He has spent the last 7 years at Joyce Engineering designing landfill gas to energy projects, storm water conveyance and detentions systems, Subtitle D landfill design, evaluation of solid waste generating facilities, preparation of corrective action plans (CAPs), and Clean Air Act (CAA) Title V air quality permitting. Dr. Kelly currently serves on the Research Council of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) as well as participating on other technical committees. P.E. license number 0402039226 (Virginia).

STEVEN S. COX, Ph.D., P.E. is currently President of GkW Energy, Inc. and a Research Associate in the Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He previously worked as a manufacturing engineer in the automotive industry for six years and then for four years as an air quality compliance project manager with an environmental consulting firm. P.E. license number 0402026344 (Virginia).

JERRY JOHNSON was the Vice President of Capital Projects for Waste Industries. He studied Civil Engineering at Wake Technical Community College – Civil Engineering in Raleigh, NC. He had 37 years of varied experience in Transportation, Construction, Recycling and Waste Management. Eighteen of the thirty seven years were been in waste management roles.

STEVEN M. HAMILTON, R.E.P. has over 30 years of environmental project experience, with particular emphasis in solid waste management. Mr. Hamilton’s project experience ranges from hands on participation in field and design work to direction of solid waste management projects. This work has involved over 500 projects on more than 300 sites throughout the United States and in Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Jamaica, México, Panama, Poland, and Puerto Rico. His project responsibilities have included solid waste planning; solid waste privatization; landfill siting, design, and operations and closure permits and plans; landfill contamination assessments and remedial actions; landfill leachate monitoring and treatment system design; landfill groundwater and landfill gas (LFG) monitoring programs; landfill Clean Air Act (CAA) permitting and compliance; LFG Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, LFG-to-energy (LFGE) recovery feasibility due diligence, studies, and investigations; and the testing, design, installation, and operation of LFGE facilities and LFG migration and emission control systems. Mr. Hamilton currently serves as Director of SWANA’s Landfill Gas Training Program.


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