50 million tonnes
Amount of waste produced across Australia each year. This includes sewage sludge, abattoir waste, food and farm by-products and animal manures.
Number of projects funded by ARENA - all projects share the same goal: taking the trash currently produced and turning it into a sustainable energy source.
cost of assessing the commercial viability of building an energy facility, which would generate both biogas and electricity, at the Kawana sewage treatment facility on the Sunshine Coast. The project aims to make energy and biogas from both untreated and treated sewage, as well as fats, oil and grease waste products from local industry and businesses. ARENA funding: $297,000.
cost of Australia’s first advanced biofuel laboratory, to be built at the site of Northern Oil facility in Yarwun, central Queensland. The project is aiming to produce renewable diesel and jet fuels from biocrudes – which can be made from organic materials including woodwaste, wastewater and agricultural waste. And that should be useful for aviation, shipping and defence industries of the future. ARENA funding: $2.42 million
generation capacity of a biogas plant at Southern Meats’ sheep abbattoir in Goulburn, New South Wales. To be builtby ReNu energy, with funding from ARENA, the plant will involve creating an “anaerobic lagoon,” a man-made outdoor earthen basin filled with animal waste that is free of dissolved oxygen and provides an environment for animal waste to be broken down. ARENA funding: $146,000
cost of a feasibility study into building a community waste to energy facility in Castlemaine, Victoria. The proposed facility would turn a mixture of sewage and green waste from the council’s maintenance activities as well as food residue from local businesses into bioenergy for Coliban Water, a utility company based in nearby Bendigo.
ARENA funding for a feasibility study that will take household rubbish and convert it into “refuse derived fuel” (RDF) a product that can be burned in place of coal. EnergyAustralia, which runs the Mount Piper coal powered station would then use that fuel to power a hybrid boiler used to preheat steam that is used in early stages of the power generating process.