Evaluating bioreactor landfill as an energy source


Demand for energy has forced people to look for non-traditional energy sources. Biomass energy, mainly municipal solid waste, is emerging as one of the promising sources of energy. The use of landfills as a geothermal source of energy is one of the latest approaches for acquiring energy within the solid waste. In this work, the bioreactor landfill is evaluated as a potential energy source. A lab-scale bioreactor that is equivalent to household size bioreactor was built and thermal energy extraction was investigated. The study indicated that the use of the bioreactor may be considered as an economical source of energy. The study results show that a 2 m3 lab-scale bioreactor can maintain a center temperature higher than 30 °C for a period of 4 months. Also, it was found that the lab-scale bioreactor was able to raise the water temperature up to a stable 3 °C in an open-loop system within 30 min.

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This project was supported by the Deanship of Scientific Research at the University of Jordan.

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Moqbel, S. Evaluating bioreactor landfill as an energy source. Int J Energy Environ Eng 12, 23–30 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40095-020-00350-4

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  • Solid waste
  • Renewable energy
  • Aerobic degradation
  • Geothermal energy