Where do you propose to locate the facility?
A specific site is yet to be finalised however the current focus is on locating the bioenergy facility within the Edinburgh Parks Food Park Industrial Estate. The concept is that the facility will be able to accept waste streams from businesses located within the Food Park (in addition to waste streams from the region) and supply renewable electricity, gas and heat to those same businesses – recycling waste to produce energy in a closed loop.
The project will explore options to deliver discounted electricity, heat and natural gas to the Edinburgh Parks Food Park.
What kind of waste streams will it process?
It is planned that the facility will accept both liquid and solid organic waste streams (including those which would otherwise go to landfill) from commercial and industrial businesses in the region. The kinds of wastes will need to be specified in the regulatory and licensing approvals for the facility but could be expected to include retail and restaurant food waste (including packaged and contaminated waste) , brewery waste, meat, poultry, egg and dairy processing waste, fruit and vegetable market waste as well as horticultural and agricultural waste streams.
I’d be interested in directing organic waste streams to the facility when it is operational. How can I make contact to explore this?
Please click here to visit our page for organic waste producers.
How much energy will it produce?
In the first stage, the bioenergy facility will be designed to deliver:
- Up to 71,000 MWh(e) per annum of electricity
- Up to 74,000 MWh(th) per annum of industrial grade heat
- Up to 432,000 GJ per annum of natural gas or
- A combination of these energy outputs
The proposed future second stage will be designed to double these energy outputs.
Is it good for the environment?
The proposed bioenergy facility is all about recycling organic waste, reducing landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while delivering baseload, dispatchable energy and commercial and economic benefits to the region.
- Diverting organic waste from landfill reduces the release of greenhouse gases, particularly methane.
- Energy produced by the facility from waste is renewable and displaces fossil fuel- generated electricity and gas.
What is the current status of the proposed development?
The proposed bioenergy facility is currently in the planning stages and is supported by the South Australian government by way of catalytic grant funding to help develop the project and loan funding to help build the facility. A proposed site is being finalised and the planning and development approval process is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2018.
What technology will the bioenergy plant use?
The proposed facility will use a mature technology called anaerobic digestion, a natural biological process (similar to that in our own digestion systems) which produces clean biogas. The biogas is used to fuel conventional combined heat and power generators and can also be upgraded to mains-grade natural gas for use in the gas network.
The technology has been used in the wastewater treatment industry for centuries, and Europe, United Kingdom and the USA together have thousands of waste to energy plants based on the same technology.
Outside of the waste water treatment industry, Australia already has a number of operating waste to energy plants using anaerobic digestion.
The bioenergy facility is not based on incineration, pyrolysis or thermal processes of any kind.
When is the plant expected to be operational?
If site access, planning and development approvals, infrastructure connections and the commercial investment process progresses according to plan, the bioenergy facility can be built and operational by June 2019.