Title: Recovering energy from biogas emission: the case of Mariana Mantovana landfill (Italy)

Authors: Massimo Bertolini, Maurizio Bevilacqua

Addresses: Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Universita degli Studi di Parma, Viale delle Scienze, 181/A – 43100 Parma, Italia. ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria delle Costruzioni Meccaniche, Nucleari, Aeronautiche e di Metallurgia, sede di Forli, Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Via Fontanelle, 40 – 47100 Forli, Italia

Abstract: This paper deals with the analytic rating of the economic investment in an energy recovery plant for municipal waste, in relation to the estimate of its capability to exploit biogas production transformation, and sale of electricity production, and the Green Certificates. The approach entails the assessment of potential scenarios of biogas flare coming from its production forecasts, according to different models: the LandGEM Model and the stoichiometric model describing the degradation of the organic fraction. The proposed approach has been applied to the landfill in Mariana Mantovana (MN), and has show positive trends, highlighting the advantages of this investment.

Keywords: landfill gas; LFG; energy from waste; landfill management; LandGEM model; stoichiometric modelling; biogas emissions; energy recovery; Italy; municipal waste; electricity production; green certificates.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2007.015875

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2007 Vol.28 No.2/3, pp.195 - 214

Published online: 27 Nov 2007 *

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