Utilising landfills for renewable energy



The Penang government will look into innovative ways to create renewable energy by transforming landfill materials to clean gas.

State Environment and Welfare Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said this was achievable through gasification when they start with the Ampang Jajar landfill in Butterworth soon.


Gasification converts solid materials such as waste in landfills into synthesis gas, by heating waste to high temperatures with limited oxygen. It produces fuel to generate gases that could be used to generate power.

The method is considered cleaner as it reduces emissions.

Phee said a company has been appointed to run the gasification project in Ampang Jajar.

The greenery initiative at SJK (C) Moh Ghee Branch in Jelutong.

“Things that could not be recycled will be included in the gasification,” said Phee, who attended the Trash Free Penang launching at SJK (C) Moh Ghee Branch in Jelutong today.


At the launch, Phee said he was glad to continue the green initiative by the state government.


Among those present were Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim and school principal Tan Yoom Moi.


Story by Edmund Lee

Pix by Noor Siti Nabilah Noorazis