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Feasibility study for Integrated Community Waste to Energy Project for Mt Alexander Shire

  • $146k

    ARENA Funding

  • $340k

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Mt Alexander Waste to Energy

    Start Date

    Mar 2017

    Project Partners

    None

    Location

    Castlemaine

    Status

    Past

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

Mt Alexander Waste to Energy

Start Date

Mar 2017

Project Partners

None

Location

Castlemaine

Status

Past

The Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) received a funding grant from ARENA to conduct a feasibility study into building a community waste to energy facility in Castlemaine, Victoria that would turn locally sourced organic waste into renewable energy.

The organic waste would be sourced from the local Waste Water Treatment Plant (Coliban Water), Don Smallgoods factory and Mount Alexander Shire Council’s aggregated green waste.

Project innovation

Whilst anaerobic digester technology is well established for individual waste streams, a unique feature of the MASG project was combining 3 different waste streams (typical of regional communities) into a blended and manageable product. This allows the product to be processed efficiently and reliably, and therefore provide affordable renewable energy to regional communities.

Benefit

The study added knowledge on the application of biogas generation and use from a mixed biomass, in this case sewerage, council green waste and organic food/meat residues.

Contact information

Mr Deane Belfield

deanebelfield@eco2sys.com