The Town of Brookhaven and Stony Brook University announced on Thursday a partnership with scientists from the university to trap gas emissions from the town’s landfill.
The idea, officials said, is to create more efficient methods to produce energy usiong methane gas and other compounds given off by landfill waste -- allowing the town to sell off more electricity to the Long Island Power Authority.
"We want to have everyone view this landfill not just as a landfill but as Stony Brook University's newest laboratory," said Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko. "A laboratory that will hopefully unleash technologies that will address waste management issues, but also energy issues for the 21st century."
Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley said that the research done as part of the arrangement, using scientists from the university's new Center for BioEnergy Research and Development, will serve as a model for similar projects around the world.
Professor Devinder Mahajan, co-director of the Chemical and Molecular Engineering program, will give a lecture about the work his lab is doing in renewable and alternative energy at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Earth and Space Sciences building on the university's Stony Brook campus.