Effect of persistent trace compounds in landfill gas on engine performance during energy recovery: a case study

Waste Manag. 2013 Jan;33(1):74-80. doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2012.08.016. Epub 2012 Oct 10.


Performances of gas engines operated with landfill gas (LFG) are affected by the impurities in the LFG, reducing the economic viability of energy recovery. The purpose of this study was to characterize the trace compounds in the LFG at the Odayeri Landfill, Istanbul, Turkey which is used for energy recovery. Composite gas samples were collected and analyzed for trace compounds (hydrocarbons, siloxanes, and volatile halogenated hydrocarbons) over a 3-year period. Trace compounds entering the gas engines, their impact on the engine performance were evaluated. The operational problems included deposit formation in the combustion chamber, turbocharger, and intercooler of engine before the scheduled maintenance times. High levels of hydrogen sulfide, as well as chlorinated and fluorinated compounds cause corrosion of the engine parts and decrease life of the engine oils. Persistence of siloxanes results in deposit formation, increasing engine maintenance costs. Pretreatment of LFG is necessary to protect the engines at the waste-to-energy facilities with persistence levels of siloxanes and volatile halogenated hydrocarbons.

MeSH terms

  • Biofuels / analysis*
  • Gases / analysis*
  • Siloxanes / analysis
  • Volatile Organic Compounds / analysis


  • Biofuels
  • Gases
  • Siloxanes
  • Volatile Organic Compounds