Supervisor Lesko and Stony Brook University President Stanley Announce Partnership Between the Town and the University’s NSF Center for BioEnergy Research and Development

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Supervisor Lesko and Stony Brook University President Stanley Announce Partnership Between the Town and the University’s NSF Center for BioEnergy Research and Development

FARMINGVILLE & STONY BROOK, NY, October 8, 2010 – Supervisor Mark Lesko and Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., announced that the Town of Brookhaven has become the newest member of the University’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for BioEnergy Research and Development (CBERD). This new partnership is expected to be very beneficial for the Town’s landfill gas management program by increasing its potential as an energy and revenue source. Also present were Stony Brook Professor Devinder Mahajan, a Professor in Materials Science and Engineering who also serves as the Co-Director of the Chemical and Molecular Engineering Program, and David Tonjes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society.   

Supervisor Mark Lesko and President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD

Supervisor Lesko and Dr. Stanley explained how Stony Brook CBERD will be developing technology to clean the biogas emitted from Cells 5 and 6 of the landfill so it can be used to produce electricity. Currently, the biogas (which has a high methane content) that is emitted from Cells 5 and 6 cannot be used to produce electricity because it is highly corrosive due to contaminants (such as hydrogen sulfide). Stony Brook’s CBERD will examine the biogases that Cells 4, 5 and 6 emit, and the goal is to convert it into a gas that can be readily combusted and used to generate electricity. The Town estimates that the current combustible biogas volume from Cell 5 and 6 is 350 cubic feet per minute which represents a potential 10 million kilowatt hours (KWH) of electricity per year.   According to Professor Mahajan, Director of the Stony Brook CBERD who’s lab is working on the Town’s landfill gas management program, biogas is naturally produced in landfills by the action of microorganisms on organic matter. …

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