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Landfill methane comes from bacteria breaking down garbage in landfill sites.  Besides being a greenhouse gas, methane creates odours and can migrate underground, collect inside buildings and cause explosions.  In extreme cases, it can ignite and cause large, highly polluting fires that are difficult to extinguish.  For these reasons, most municipalities are required to collect and destroy the methane.

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Reduce Greenhouse Gases

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Improved Efficiency

Landfill operators collect methane by building a system of wells and pipes that convey the gas to a header.  Traditionally landfills would burn, or ‘flare,’ the methane they collect.  Today, this is recognized as wasting a valuable resource.  Alternatively, landfill-gas-to-energy projects use gaseous-fueled generators, to produce electricity and/or thermal energy.  Since landfills require very little electric energy, electricity can be sold back to the grid.

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Cat 3520C Generator for Landfills

G3520C generator for landfills

  • Delivers traditional Cat landfill engine features with treated aftercooler cores, bearings, and cylinder heads
  • Power Range form 1.6 - 2 MW
  • Keeps harmful substances from condensing inside the engine
  • Critical components are corrosion resistant
  • Ejects potentially corrosive gases from the engine

The Toromont Advantage

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Financing
True project financing that covers engineering, equipment, construction, permit and tangible costs.

Cat Financial
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Service
Long term operating and maintenance contracts. Toromont is your long term partner.

PM Contracts
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Experience

Toromont has completed many profitable turnkey landfill-gas-to-energy products.

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Additional Resources

Understanding Alternative Fuel Characteristics