Control of point source low volume methane emission using methanobiofiltration technology
Methane is a key greenhouse gas (GHG), and atmospheric methane emissions in Alberta are associated with a variety of industry sectors: sanitary landfills, wood waste landfills, feedlot operations and the oil and gas sector. When the quantities released at individual locations are relatively small, this methane cannot be used as an energy source; therefore, environmentally acceptable methods are needed for their control. Recent research has shown that methanotrophic bacteria are capable of converting methane to carbon dioxide without producing toxic by-products. We have conducted extensive research to develop methanobiofiltration (MBF) technology, utilizing this capability of methanotrophic bacteria. The field application of MBF technology, supported by concurrent laboratory and theoretical investigations is the focus of this project. We propose to develop a complete MBF technology package to allow its large-scale implementation throughout Alberta, significantly reducing GHG emissions without causing negative environmental impacts.