The term “landfill gas” probably does not evoke many pleasant thoughts. Gross as it may be, however, it produces enough energy to heat about 500 homes in Lake County.
This gas is produced at the Lake County Landfill and is actually used to run four boilers and two heaters operated by Magnus International Group Inc. The endeavor is just one way the company is practicing sustainability.
Magnus was formed in 2007 by its co-owners, Eric Lofquist and Scott Forster. The new company acquired Twin Rivers Technologies LLC and changed the name to Hardy Industrial Technologies LLC.
It formed a second company, Recycling and Treatment Technologies LLC, which Magnus wholly owns along with Hardy.
The core business of Magnus is the application of recycling and treatment technologies to convert byproduct plant and animal fats and oils into materials that can be used as a substitute for petroleum-based feedstock in a variety of all-natural products.
In doing so, the company is implementing important pollution prevention initiatives that will directly benefit local government resources and the community.
Hardy uses the feedstock to sell to manufacturers of fire logs in both the United States and Canada. These biowax feed-stock logs are carbon neutral and produce 70 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than gas fireplaces. They also compare favorably to the burning of real wood, with 80 percent less fine particulate matter, 75 percent less carbon monoxide and 90 percent less hazardous air pollutants.
As for the usage of landfill gas by the Magnus companies, it helps protect the public from the potentially harmful effects of subsurface migration of explosive methane and air pollution caused by surface emissions and odor nuisances.
When landfill gas is burned as a source of energy or is converted into electricity, the user not only reduces landfill emissions but also offsets the use of nonrenewable sources of fuel. This reduces the emission of pollutants from fossil fuel combustion.
But Magnus isn’t done. It’s working with Applied CleanTech Inc. on a new technology that would recover cellulose from municipal wastewater treatment sludge and convert it into a solid fuel.
Initial testing is promising, and a pilot facility is hoped for this year.
HOW TO REACH: Magnus International Group Inc., (216) 592-8355