Landmark for landfill gas utilisation

The number of landfill gas utilisation projects operating in the UK has passed the half-century mark. The technology has received a significant boost since 1990 under the Government's sponsorship of electricity production from renewable technologies, and a dozen more schemes are expected to be added to the total during 1993.

The first landfill gas utilisation scheme in the UK was commissioned in 1980. That and subsequent projects used the gas directly in industrial boilers and kilns in sectors such as brick manufacture, and it was not until 1985 that the first scheme to generate electricity from landfill gas was commissioned.

The emphasis has slowly switched to power generation. In 1990, there were 17 schemes using landfill gas directly, while 12 were consumi

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