Jeff Kuo, Cal State Fullerton professor of civil and environmental engineering, will travel to China in April to give workshops on methane recovery techniques and methane’s use as a clean energy source, thanks to a $98,550 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Kuo is speaking as part of the agency’s Methane to Market Partnership, an international initiative advancing cost-effective methane recovery. China produces more methane from landfills than anywhere but the United States.
Methane, which can stay in the atmosphere for a decade, is a greenhouse gas that, although shorter-lived, has more of an adverse effect than the better-known CO2. Landfill operators and leaders of municipalities will gather in Jinan and Chengdu to hear from Kuo about how to control and/or harness methane produced by decomposing waste in landfills.
Kuo is already working on two other methane emission studies in California. The first is funded by a two-year, $600,000 grant he received in August from the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to study methane emissions around natural gas pipelines and processing plants. The second taps a $50,000 California Air Resources Board grant, also awarded last year, to study methane emissions associated with crude-petroleum pipelines and plants. Both grants are prompted by the California Global Warming Solutions Act, which established a comprehensive program of regulatory and market-based mechanisms to achieve quantifiable reductions of greenhouse gases.
The overall objective of both projects is to develop current, reliable and California-specific emission factors, which can be used to establish a more accurate methane emission inventory for the California natural gas system and crude-oil operations.
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