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Asia leads growth in waste-to-energy market

The waste-to-energy (WtE) market continues its strong global growth, with Asian leading the charge.

In its “Waste to Energy 2016/17” report, Germany-based consultancy firm ecoprog said that worldwide treatment capacity reached more than 300 million annual tonnes, with close to 2,150 plants operating in late 2015.

Yarra Valley Water facility enters commissioning phase

After five years, Yarra Valley Water’s energy recovery facility in Wollert has been completed and will soon commence operations.

The facility’s anaerobic digesters are currently being seeded as part of its commissioning phase, according to Yarra Valley Water Manager Waste to Energy Services Damien Bassett.

“During the commissioning phase we will be feeding organic food waste into the digesters to commence the biological process which will take approximately three months.”

Planned micro WtE facility in Victoria receives funding

A planned waste to energy facility for six central Victorian councils will receive $125,000 in funding from the State Government.

Hepburn Shire will receive $50,000 from the New Energy Jobs Fund to develop a final business case for a micro-waste to energy power station.

The remaining $75,000 will be sourced from round two of the Collaborative Council - Sustainability Fund Partnership Program, which earmarks $300,000 for Victorian councils working in groups to develop business cases or undertake feasibility studies.  

Work begins on Townsville landfill gas flare

A landfill gas flare is on its way to the Hervey Range waste facility, part of a long-term recovery strategy started by Council in 2009.

The facility is currently being capped prior to installation of the flare and sprinklers that will irrigate the soil. The gas field and flare is scheduled for commissioning in October.

The landfill at Stuart already has a gas flare installed, with the Jensen waste facility scheduled to have a flare installed by 2019.

Victoria releases first recipients of waste to energy fund grant

Victoria’s Labor Government has announced Waranga Green Energy as the first recipient of its $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund grants.

The company will receive $1 million for a mixed agriculture bio-energy project in Stanhope, which will construct a bio-digester capable of processing up to 200 tonnes of waste agricultural organics per day.

New Energy ready to begin in Port Hedland

Perth-based New Energy Corporation has signed a 20-year services agreement with the Town of Port Hedland.

According to Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett, “We’re pleased that New Energy will launch its first waste-to-energy plant in Port Hedland and today we cemented our support by signing a 20-year agreement to divert municipal waste from South Hedland landfill to the New Energy plant. This includes industrial and hazardous waste, household and green waste, tyres, timber and recyclable products.”

Victoria - energy, organics key to emissions reduction

Victoria’s latest Climate Change Review is likely to boost organics recycling and energy recovery, and could affect future licensing of putrescible landfills.  

This week the Victorian Government offered both a very ambitious and very distant target - net zero emissions by 2050.

More specifically, the Victorian government has committed to releasing a Climate Change Framework by late 2016, setting up interim emissions reduction targets (ERT) through 2020, and legislating the next review of the Act in 2026 and 2036.

Queensland approves its first pyrolysis plant

Queensland recycler We Kando is investing in the State’s first pyrolysis plant to treat waste plastics and tyres.

Working with Consultants Iolar, We Kando’s pyrolysis plant is the first of its kind in Queensland and will be used to thermally treat tyres and PE plastics to produce resources including steel, oil and carbon black.

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