Projects turn biowaste into industrial energy

Bioenergy in Queensland has received a boost via the state government’s Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund).

Two projects in the state have been announced on November 14, one a biogas-solar electricity project, and the other an agricultural waste to bioenergy project for the powering of electric cars.

The biogas plant will be part of the AJ Bush Rendering Plant, which manufacturers protein meals and tallows from by-products sourced from abattoirs, butchers, and meat processors. AJ Bush will use biogas from the facility, created by BE Power Solutions, to produce electricity.

“AJ Bush’s vision to develop a hybrid biogas-solar-battery power plant will remove the company from the electricity grid and create a renewable energy hub to attract complementary manufacturing industries seeking affordable power,” said Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick.

According to AJ Bush and Sons Queensland Manager, David Kassulke, the project will improve the commercial operations of the company.

“It will be good for future generations while also making our business super-efficient and cost competitive in today’s global business environment.”

The attractiveness of such projects is in part the low cost of the energy produced through energy from waste processes, when compared with conventional sources of energy, as BE Power managing director, Scott Walkem, noted.

“Importantly, the lower energy costs will underpin the long-term economic viability of high energy use and help support jobs through projects being delivered in a socially responsible manner,” said Walkem.

In Bundaberg, biogas company Energy360, is utilising agricultural waste to create electricity for the charging of electric vehicles.

“The anaerobic digestion to bioenergy plant will support our state’s shift to a more circular economy, turning farm waste into renewable power and fertiliser that can be returned to the farms to grow the next crop,” said Dick.

The plant is expected to turn 4,000 tonnes of waste into 830MWh of power and will be completed by late 2021.