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Environment
4:42 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

City Looks at Converting Garbage Stench into Electricity

Organic material rotting in landfills emits methane-rich biogas, which can be captured and converted to energy.
Image courtesy D'Arcy Norman http://www.flickr.com/photos/dnorman/

That horrible stench you smell near garbage dumps? There's energy in those fumes!

Until fairly recently, the technology used to capture methane-rich biogas and turn it into electricity was not taken seriously as an industrial energy source. That's changing. And now the City of Austin is seeing if it should get on board.

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