Methane gas conversion to be tested at Fort Benning landfill – United States Army
Fort Benning, Ga., is the first military installation to acquire the FlexEnergy Powerstation. The power station will be tested at Fort Benning this summer to see if it can successfully generate cost-effective electricity.
The “Flex” was developed specifically to convert greenhouses gases to electricity. In cooperation with Fort Benning and the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Program, this will be the first such power station on a military installation.
The Flex will be used to convert methane gas into heat and then into electricity.
According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, methane gas remains in the atmosphere nine to 15 years and affects the Earth’s temperature and climate. For that reason, methane is considered a greenhouse gas – a gas more harmful to the ozone layer than carbon dioxide.
“As a matter of fact it’s 30 percent greater as an ozone-depletion source,” said Peter Lukken, strategic sustainability planner.
Lukken said the Flex is a breakthrough in technology because of its ability to harvest very weak gasses as low as 1.5 percent methane.
Methane gas is often found in places such as coal mines, waste water treatment plants, areas with agricultural activity and landfills – the location where the technology at Fort Benning will be housed.