Bundaberg set to be powered by agricultural waste

Bundaberg could soon be moved by electric vehicles after the Queensland Government announced a $1.9 million project to build a small-scale biogas facility within the Bundaberg Regional Council area.

As part of the Queensland Government’s $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund, Energy360 has been selected to develop the facility in Bundaberg that will turn agricultural waste into bioenergy product to be used to power electric vehicles.

The project will see biogas created at a commercial-scale, with approximately 830 megawatt-hours of power expected to be produced along with 3,600 tonnes of fertiliser according to Energy360 CEO Samantha Lamond.

“[This fund] will allow us to introduce commercial-scale bioenergy technology that can create value from horticultural waste using the process of anaerobic digestion,” said Lamond.

“The waste will come from local agriculture and food processors and feed an anaerobic digestor that will break down the organic matter to produce biogas and 3,600 tonnes of fertiliser each year.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the Bundaberg project was part of the Queensland Government’s push for a circular economy and would help deliver their plan for a more sustainable, low carbon future for the state.

“This project delvers on our Biofutures vision and aligns with our government’s plan for a more sustainable, low carbon economy while creating jobs in the region and supporting Queensland’s electric vehicle strategy,” said Mr Dick.

“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.”

The biogas facility is expected to be commissioned in 2021 and is expected to create nine news jobs for the region.

Original source: Queensland Government | The future is electric for Bundaberg agricultural waste

18 Nov 2019

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