- EnviroSolutions (ESI), the Capitol Heights, MD-based company that owns Big Run Landfill in Ashland, KY, will work with Enerdyne Power Systems to create a multimillion-dollar gas-to-energy plant at the landfill. The facility is expected to be operational by 2016.
- Enerdyne Power Systems, which is based in Charlotte, NC, specializes in turning landfill gas into high BTU, pipeline-quality natural gas. It is estimated that the gas from Big Run Landfill could produce enough natural gas to power 10,000 homes in the area.
- The current gas collection system at Big Run Landfill was improved by ESI in May, when they added 21 vertical wells and 58 collection points to the system.
"With a robust gas system in place that will support the landfill’s operations well into the future, we look forward to partnering with Enerdyne Power Systems to create a facility that will allow for the beneficial use of landfill gas as a renewable energy resource," said Dean Kattler, the CEO of EnviroSolutions.
Other waste sites, such as the Knott Landfill in Bend, OR and the St. Lucie County Solid Waste Management Facility in Fort Pierce, FL, have made significant efforts to construct waste-to-energy plants, similar to the one being constructed at Big Run. However, the cost of such operations has been a challenge for many of the companies that are working on these projects.