JPEE  Vol.6 No.7 , July 2018
Estimation of Methane Emission from Kossihouen Sanitary Landfill and Its Electricity Generation Potential (Côte d’Ivoire)
Abstract: In order to solve the problem of the management of municipal solid waste in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), a sanitary landfill has been designed in Kossihouen. Despite the adverse greenhouse effects of the methane, this gas has a potential of electrical energy. The estimation of methane emissions from the waste can be an economic and useful way for more accurate control and management of waste disposal in Kossihouen. Therefore, conducting this study is essential. Methane emissions were estimated based on the methane generation constant K and the methane generation potential L0 using LandGEM 3.02. The results show that the quantity of methane emissions was 7.97E+07 m3/year. Based on this result, the methane content can generate 10% of total electricity consumed in Abidjan in 2026. This paper could serve as a source of scientific information for decision making on environmental sustainability in waste-to-energy projects in Cote d’Ivoire.

1. Introduction

Increasing growth of population and urbanization and subsequent development of industrial units have led to greater production of wastes and pollutants. The main environmental contaminants are Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW), million tons of which are daily produced worldwide [1]. The main disposal methods for municipal solid waste in West African countries are open dumping and sanitary landfill.

Landfills that are managed to minimize environmental impact and promote waste degradation can be integrated with technologies that include energy recovery systems. Many of the technologies that have been used to promote more sustainable landfills focus on the methods to foster waste treatment [2]. Sustainable landfill practices address how best to manage the landfill, including leachate and landfill gas (LFG). Landfills are usually considered to be anthropogenic sources of methane (CH4), which has historically been the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the waste sector [2]. Time dependent quantitative estimation of LFG production is the primary criterion that should determine the choice of method of gas utilization. Due to the difficulties in precisely monitoring methane emissions of whole landfill sites, modeling approaches are applied. These approaches include first-order decay (FOD), LFG generation models, including the US EPA’s LFG emissions model (LandGEM), e-pollutants release and transfer registers (E-PRTR) (Fr) model, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) model, and Afvalzorg model [3]. One of the most commonly used and most flexible models is LandGEM [4]. This model that has been developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), estimates an acceptable quantity of produced methane in landfills over time. It is governed by two main factors, the methane potential (L0) and the decay rate (k) of landfill waste [5]. This model has been considered as an automatic estimation tool for modeling landfill methane emissions from municipal solid waste (MSW). It estimates the volume and composition of the generated methane throughout time because of the degradation of organic matter in the landfill. In addition, this model is an important step in developing a landfill project, which allows to estimate the available recoverable quantity of methane as fuel energy over time [4].

In the economic capital city of Cote d’Ivoire (Abidjan), the quantities of waste generated increased by about (3.75%) between 2008 and 2014. This city is the largest MSW producer in the country. It produces about 3800 tons of solid waste a day. In Abidjan, MSW disposal has been a chronic problem [6]. In order to solve the problem of the MSW management, a sanitary landfill has been designed in Kossihouen. More recently, information on waste composition was improved, as this landfill categorize waste into that containing biodegradable and inert fraction. However, no data are available on component-specific methane yields. Because methane is both a potent greenhouse gas and a valuable low carbon fuel, improved predictability of landfill methane production is desirable. Modeling and predicting methane production and emission in landfills is very important in designing and exploiting such places [4]. This study aims to estimate methane emission from Kossihouen sanitary landfill using LandGEM (version 3.02) and to quantify its electricity generation potential. This study will provide a reliable database for decision makers for maximum exploitation of methane and its potential of energy.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Study Area

Kossihouen is the first sanitary landfill in the autonomous district of Abidjan. It is located at the intersection of the North Highway and the unpaved road linking this village to Songon between latitudes 5˚40 and 5˚30N and longitudes 4˚20 and 4˚10W (Figure 1).

The Ivorian climate is tropical. The average annual temperature is 26.6˚C. Abidjan has an annual average rainfall of 1784 mm [7]. According to the 2014 Census, Abidjan had 4,707,000 people [8]. The total landfill site has an area of 3.3 ha, where 1,250,000 tons (fresh matter) of municipal and commercial waste would be deposited [9]. Its capacity of storage is 7 years of operation. According to Waste Management Organization of Abidjan, the produced wastes would be deposited on this site, and the rest would be recycled or composted [9]. On the site, a layer of soil using ramp method as covered wastes [9]. In this study, methane emissions were estimated based on the assumption of a sanitary landfill that has been launched in 2018 and would be closed in 2025. The amount of generated waste was predicted basing on the population growth rate, the rate of waste generation per capita and its changes up to the plan horizon year (2025).

2.2. LandGEM Data Analysis

LandGEM is an automated tool for estimating emission rates for total landfill gas, methane, carbon dioxide. LandGEM can use either site-specific data to estimate emissions or default parameters if no site-specific data are available [5] [10]. LandGEM is based on a first-order decomposition rate equation for quantifying emissions from the decomposition of landfilled waste in MSW landfills. The model is presented to estimate annual emissions over a time period based on user specification [5] [11].

Figure 1. Location of Kossihouen landfill, Abidjan-Côte d’Ivoire.

The LandGEM (version 3.02) emission methodology can be described mathematically using the following equation [5] :

Q C H 4 = i = 1 n j = 0 , 1 1 K L 0 ( M i 10 ) e K t i j

where: Q C H 4 = annual methane generation in the year of the calculation (m3/year),

i = 1 year time increment,

n = (year of the calculation) − (initial year of waste acceptance),

j = 0.1 year time increment,

K = methane generation rate (/year),

L0 = potential methane generation capacity (m3/ton),

Mi = mass of waste accepted in the ith year (ton),

tij = age of the jth section of waste mass Mi accepted in the ith year (decimal years, e.g., 3.2 years).

According to the equation, the required inputs for the amount estimation of generated methane are the design capacity of the landfill site, the annual acceptance rate, the methane generation constant K, the methane generation potential L0 and the years of waste acceptance.

In Abidjan, only 65% of generated wastes are collected and transported to the landfill site [6]. Thus, Equation (1) was used to estimate the total quantity of the waste that would be deposited in Kossihouen landfill (MF) between 2019-2025 [12].

M F ( t ) = 0.65 × M T (1)

M T (tons/yr) is the total mass of waste generated per year

M T ( t ) = P ( t ) × W C × 365 (2)

P ( t ) = P 0 ( 1 + r ) t (3)

P ( t ) is the expected population according to the population growth rate (r) of 4.1%, W C is the waste generation rate, which is of 0.77 kg/capita/day [6].

The electrical energy (kWh/year) that could be obtained from the methane content of collected landfill gas is estimated as [12] :

E P ( LFTGE ) = L H V methane × 0.9 × Q C H 4 × λ × η 3.6 (4)

where LHV methane is the Lower Heating Value of methane and is given as 37.2 MJ/m3 [6] [12] , Q CH 4 = annual methane generation in the year of the calculation (m3/year), 3.6 is the conversion factor from MJ to kWh, where λ is collection efficiency (75%), η is the electrical conversion efficiency for internal combustion engine given as 33%.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Estimation of Methane Production

Table 1 illustrates the population totals from 2018 to 2025 and the quantity of waste generated during the same period.

Table 5 shows the quantities solid waste that would be deposited in Kossihouen during 7 years of landfill open years. The deposited waste volume could be estimated to more than 1,000,000 tons during 2018-2020. This quantity could be increased during 2024-2025 to more than 1,300,000 tons. According to Table 5, the total quantity of waste disposed at landfills would be 8,800,117 tons in 2025. This clearly indicates that the growth in MSW in Abidjan would outpace the population growth in future years.

Methane emission was estimated based on the methane generation constant K and the methane generation potential L0. Figure 2 presents the estimated of methane emission for default and determined values of K and L0.

Table 1. Population growth with 4.1% waste increase per year.

Table 2. Annual average of the waste composition in Abidjan [6].

Table 3. Description of the input data to run the LandGEM (default values of K and L0).

MW: Molecular weight for selected gases, Model parameters base on Clean Air (CAA) Regulations.

Table 4. Description of the input data to run the LandGEM (determined values of K and L0).

Table 5. The quantity of disposed waste generated by municipal and industrial.

Figure 2. Estimate methane emission from Kossihouen landfill site from 2019 to 2160. (a): default values of K and L0 were be used to estimate methane emission; (b): determined values of K and L0 were be used to estimate methane emission.

The estimated quantities of methane would be the highest at least three years after the closure of landfill (2025-2028). The mean values were 7.97E+07 and 6.18E+07 (m3/year) for default and determined values of K and L0, respectively. However, the estimated quantities of methane for determined values of K and L0 are greater than those obtained using default values. The estimated quantities of methane gradually decrease until they reach zero. This trend is faster for determined values of K and L0. This could be explained by the fact that the effect of the half-life duration of organic materials such as food waste, paper, wood and textiles to the overall methane emission is related to the reaction rate (k) of the model through the equation k = t 1 / 2 1 ln 2 [16]. It is well known that paper and cardboard identified as an important compound, which could affect the methane emission [6]. According to waste composition (Table 2), paper and cardboard with approximately 14% contribute the large quantity of disposed materials. Half-life for paper estimated around 10 to 15 years, which could be a reason of maximum generation of methane during the years 2025 to 2028 [11]. Moreover, Food waste that ends up in landfills produces a large amount of methane [17]. Food waste contains approximately 45.42% in waste stream to this landfill (Table 2). Figure 3 shows the annually increasing of the methane emission from deposited waste in landfill. In fact, the degradation of MSW in tropical country such as Côte d’Ivoire may be higher due to higher temperature and moisture, which has positive effect on methane emission [11].

3.2. Estimation of Electrical Energy Generation Potential

In this section, the energy potential assessment of waste to energy from the treatment of MSW in from 2018-2035 is discussed. This assessment is based on the determined values of K and L0. The energy potential of Landfill Gas to Energy (LFGTE) technology depends largely on the methane content of the landfill gas generated, which in turn depends on the methane generation potential of the waste landfilled [12]. The electrical energy (GWh/year) that could be obtained from the methane content was given in Figure 4. The quantity of electric energy potentially would be available as from 2026 in the Kossihouen landfill would generate 209.15 GWh. In 2035, the recovered landfill methane would be sufficient to generate 54.61 GWh, providing a significant power generation opportunity. In fact, 209.15 GWh would represent the 10% of total electricity consumed in Abidjan. This may be due to the fact that methane has basically the same chemical reactions as anaerobic digestion [12].

4. Conclusion

The methane emission has been estimated by using LandGEM model for Kossihouen sanitary landfill, Côte d’Ivoire. This landfill starts operation in 2018 with the purpose to receive the generated solid waste in Abidjan until the year

Figure 3. Annually increasing the methane production from disposed waste in landfill site from 2019 to 2025. (a): default values of K and L0 were be used to estimate methane emission; (b): determined values of K and L0 were be used to estimate methane emission.

Figure 4. Energetic potential of methane in in landfill site.

2025. The maximum methane generation rate occurred during the years 2025-2028. The peck of generation was 7.97E+07 and 6.18E+07 (m3/year) for default and determined values of K and L0, respectively. The intention of this paper is to demonstrate that, based on theoretical information presented above it can be assumed that the quantity of methane produced could be used to cover part of the electrical needs in Abidjan.

Cite this paper: Rodrigue, K. , Essi, K. , Cyril, K. and Albert, T. (2018) Estimation of Methane Emission from Kossihouen Sanitary Landfill and Its Electricity Generation Potential (Côte d’Ivoire). Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 6, 22-31. doi: 10.4236/jpee.2018.67002.

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