U.S. EPA awards millions to capture methane abroad

By Ryan C. Christiansen
Web exclusive posted Oct. 10, 2008 at 11:14 a.m. CST

The U.S. EPA has awarded approximately $1 million to projects in India, Korea, Mexico, and Thailand to capture methane gas from agricultural waste and over $1.4 million to projects in Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Poland, Nigeria, and the Ukraine to capture methane gas from landfills.

The entities receiving grants to study methane are:
  • A $700,000 grant has been awarded to the Department of Livestock and Cooperation in Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture to assist with reducing methane from swine farms in that country.

  • The National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology Rural Development Administration in Korea was granted $98,500 to capture methane from agricultural wastes.

  • In Mexico, the Fundacion Guanajuato Produce has been given $149,550 to develop technical standards for the design, construction, and installation of anaerobic digesters.

  • The International Institute for Energy Conservation in India will receive $100,062 to assess the potential for capturing methane from distillery and winery waste.

  • Fundacao Promar in Brazil has been awarded $250,012 to develop a master plan for landfill management in the State of Espirito Santo, Brazil.

  • A $192,600 grant was given to the municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador for activities that advance methane recovery and its use as a clean energy source in the Las Iguanas Landfill.

  • The Renewable Energy Agency in Ukraine has been awarded $199,950 to conduct a landfill gas feasibility study and to install a collection system and flare at the Rivne Landfill.

  • In China, the Environmental Sanitation Engineering Technical Research Center will be given $175,000 to conduct a feasibility study for landfill gas energy recovery and utilization.

  • The Univ Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNCPBA) in Argentina has been awarded $150,000 to use landfill gas as fuel for a pyrolysis furnace.

  • A $150,000 award has been given to the Institute for Environmental Management Inc. in India to improve landfill methane energy recovery from landfills in developing countries.

  • The Oil and Gas institute in Poland was granted $100,000 to study the capabilities of landfill gas as a potential energy source.

  • The Center for People and the Environment in Nigeria was awarded $90,000 for a pre-feasibility study for converting landfill gas to electricity from Nigerian landfills.