Landfills are a major source of anthropogenic methane emissions globally. They operate using anaerobic bacteria found in oxygen-depleted environments, (i.e. underground), to break down our trash. However, the digestion from these same bacteria results in byproducts like methane and carbon dioxide, among other gases, that begin to build up in these spaces underground.
Thankfully, landfills are essentially engineered bioreactors, and are designed with these chemical conversions in mind. To ensure the stability of the biogas a landfill produces, and thus the safety of the landfill and surrounding areas, a series of subterranean gas wells are constructed throughout the site. As an added safety precaution, landfills will route these gas wells to a Flare, (a structure that acts as an ignition source), to safely and effectively control and facilitate combustion of excess landfill gas.
As an alternative to simply flaring off excess gas, however, landfills have begun adopting gas-to-energy projects. These projects employ biogas for the production of heat, vehicle fuel, and even electricity. The newfound potential of upcycling landfill gas has given monetary incentive to landfills everywhere to control harmful environmental leaks, and to flare off less methane in favor of maximizing the capture and contribution of biogas as a renewable power source.
This is great news for a variety of reasons. Most notably, landfills are becoming more vigilant about monitoring gas quality and detecting and fixing any leaks, and surrounding communities are receiving access to carbon neutral power through infusions to their local power grids.
Here at Apis, we understand the negative impact landfills can have on our environment, but we also see ways to reduce and minimize this impact through responsible engineering and the implementation of smart, easily adoptable technology.
How Our Products Work
Our smartWells take the work out of manual gas well tuning and provide value by monitoring and remotely transmitting gas quality data found at each well they're mounted to. You'll also be alerted to any exceedances as soon as they're detected, encouraging faster fixes. Most notably, our smartWells perform automatic wellhead tuning functions to maintain custom parameters that you set. They are also wireless, solar-powered, and wifi enabled so you can check in on your gas well data from anywhere, at any time. Finally, Apis software compiles a history of gas quality data that you can review and access from the Cloud. Generate reports easily for any time period during which the smartWell is enabled.
Our headerMonitors have all of the capabilities of our smartWells, minus the auto-tuning function. Monitors are great for keeping an eye on gas quality near a flare, or spread out across a wellfield to help pinpoint the location of a problem without manually checking each wellhead. At a lower price point than our smartWells, they're a great introductory product for any site to begin remote monitoring.
Our Liquid Level Sensors add another layer to your gas quality data, giving you a snapshot of the amount of moisture in your wells. Once installed, liquid level data is conveniently displayed for easy viewing alongside your other gas quality data found on the Apis Dashboard.
Finally, our Cloud Connectors make tapping into existing flowmeters a breeze. Install alongside one of our headerMonitors and wrap all of your data into one neat package by routing any flow data you're already collecting through to the Apis Dashboard.
Green tech can be described as technology designed with the intention to reduce negative human impact on the environment.
By providing remote access to gas data, enabling automatic tuning, setting up alert parameters, building data history, and offering technical support and quarterly service, Apis is offering the opportunity to improve gas quality and maximize gas capture. Not only will adoption of Apis technology result in reduced leaks, odor, issue duration, and plant downtime, but also increased returns for those sites participating in gas-to-energy projects.
Less biogas escaping into the atmosphere translates to a less pungent landfill, reduced carbon footprint, and less of a negative impact on surrounding communities. It also translates to more biogas available for conversion to renewable energy, which can mean more funds for the landfill as well as more carbon neutral power for surrounding communities when that power is then distributed to the local power grid.