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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 67 Fiona Waterhouse Spectrum Renewable Energy (Australasia) Pty Ltd “Biogas technology” is a generic term for the technologies associated with the anaerobic digestion of organic wastes (food waste, animal waste sewage etc) to produce methane gas and an organic sludge (a recyclable by product). Biogas technology is widely acknowledged as the best way to treat wet organic waste however, it has not been widely deployed in Australia. There are a handful of local biogas success stories including Berrybank Piggery in Victoria which installed a biogas plant in 1989 . The system generates electricity from biogas, conserves and recycles water and sells the plant sludge as fertiliser. The plant cost $2m, paid back in six years and continues to generate $435,000 per year in benefits for its owners. There have been several important reviews of the technology carried out in Australia by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Clean Energy Council and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, these have all concluded that the low cost of fossil fuel based energy in Australia has, in the past made it difficult for these technologies to compete. We think the landscape is now changing dramatically in all six areas where biogas technology can provide practical, well proven, affordable solutions: n reducing the costs and risks of carbon emissions n meeting increased demand for reliable, continuous locally generated renewable energy n reducing waste costs and risks n improving waste water reuse n improving water quality n supporting a mainstream shift to less chemical intensive farming methods Biogas technology, when applied by experienced specialist engineers, presents few issues with technical risks controlled by good design, quality assurance and project management. Surely this one area where we can stop banging our heads against the wall and quickly, safely and affordably close the gap on our environmental management counterparts in Europe. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FEATURE Renewable energy: Powering the future Biogas technology: Powering the future Spectrum Renewable Energy (Australasia) Pty Ltd (Spectrum) is a new Queensland based company, we are biogas technology specialists providing innovatve, afordable and practcal solutons to generate returns from organic waste streams. Spectrum is the frst local company to bring together world class capability and access to technology and expertse from Germany, India, and Sweden. We build, own, and operate large scale biogas plants, turning organic waste into energy (biogas/electricity/heat) and organic fertliser. Spectrum has also developed, and will commence deploying in 2010, a sophistcated, robust and afordable “packaged” plant, the BioBowserTM, for smaller organic waste streams. Our passion for biogas and our holistc approach to designing, fnancing and implementng practcal end to end solutons sets us apart. Why Biogas? 4 Low-cost environmentally-friendly fuel 4 Ofen generated from waste products 4 Reduces waste management costs 4 Reduces odours associated with wastes 4 Reduces on-farm fertliser costs 4 Improves water & soil quality 4 Mitgates environmental risks 4 Manages greenhouse gas emissions 4 Provides additonal revenue streams SPECTRUM RENEWABLE ENERGY (Australasia) Pty Ltd Phone: (07) 5641 4654 Email: email@example.com Website: www.srela.com.au
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