Additive manufacturing can solve a wide range of problems. Here’s how one inventor used this technology to solve an environmental challenge.
An environmental technician puts on his boots, straps on his instruments and begins the day-long trek through the landfill. He’s searching for methane, a greenhouse gas found in landfills that is 21 times more potent than other greenhouse gases.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, landfills account for 16% of U.S. emissions of methane. Once per quarter, technicians walk through nearly 2000 sites across the U.S. to find and prevent fugitive methane emissions. This manual and time-intensive process is the only EPA-approved method to assess surface emissions.
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