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Mathematical Modeling of the Biogas Production in MSW Landfills. Impact of the Implementation of Organic Matter and Food Waste Selective Collection Systems

Instituto de Ingeniería del Agua y Medio Ambiente, Universitat Politècnica de València (IIAMA-UPV), 46022 València, Spain
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(12), 1306; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11121306
Received: 29 October 2020 / Revised: 21 November 2020 / Accepted: 30 November 2020 / Published: 1 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Air Quality Data Analysis and Modeling)
Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Biogas is formed under anaerobic conditions by decomposition of the organic matter present in waste. The estimation of biogas production, which depends fundamentally on the type of waste deposited in the landfill, is essential when designing the gas capture system and the possible generation of energy. BIOLEACH, a mathematical model for the real-time management of MSW landfills, enables the estimation of biogas generation based on the waste mix characteristics and the local meteorological conditions. This work studies the impact of installing selective organic matter collection systems on landfill biogas production. These systems reduce the content of food waste that will eventually be deposited in the landfill. Results obtained using BIOLEACH on a set of scenarios under real climate conditions in a real landfill located in the Region of Murcia (Spain) are shown. Results demonstrate that actual CH4 and CO2 production depends fundamentally on the monthly amount of waste stored in the landfill, its chemical composition and the availability and distribution of water inside the landfill mass. View Full-Text
Keywords: landfill; biogas; modeling; simulation; municipal solid waste landfill; biogas; modeling; simulation; municipal solid waste
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Rodrigo-Ilarri, J.; Rodrigo-Clavero, M.-E. Mathematical Modeling of the Biogas Production in MSW Landfills. Impact of the Implementation of Organic Matter and Food Waste Selective Collection Systems. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 1306. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11121306

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Rodrigo-Ilarri J, Rodrigo-Clavero M-E. Mathematical Modeling of the Biogas Production in MSW Landfills. Impact of the Implementation of Organic Matter and Food Waste Selective Collection Systems. Atmosphere. 2020; 11(12):1306. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11121306

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Rodrigo-Ilarri, Javier; Rodrigo-Clavero, María-Elena. 2020. "Mathematical Modeling of the Biogas Production in MSW Landfills. Impact of the Implementation of Organic Matter and Food Waste Selective Collection Systems" Atmosphere 11, no. 12: 1306. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11121306

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