Today’s biomass power plants are extremely energy-efficient and they obtain energy from raw organic waste material. This can be anything from meat waste to grass clippings to wood chips, dead leaves, crops, and even cardboard. As long as there’s an organic component, it can be used to be converted into energy. The conversion occurs through either the use of bacteria (like in a cow’s or human’s stomach) to produce biogas or from combusting these waste materials to produce heat. The biogas or heat (steam) is used to power a boiler; the boiler then converts the heat into hot water or steam, which is required by DON and will replace fossil fuel based electricity and natural gas.
These various processes of obtaining energy can be turned into heat, electricity, biofuels and steam, all of which are environmentally friendly, all of which are renewable.
It is planned that MASG will receive an annual dividend or annuity from plant revenues to help support MASG’s ongoing work for the community.
This facility will see secure employment provided in the Shire by direct employment and also by ensuring the future viability of the Shire’s largest employer, Don KRC.
Based on an independent LCA study it is anticipated that circa 88,000 tonne of CO2e emissions will be reduced per annum.
The EPA has strict requirements for control of odour and fugitive emissions, with harsh penalties for breaches. The bioenergy plant will be designed and engineered to contain odours through use of a negative pressure enclosures. MAB anticipates that the bioenergy plant will result in a reduced level of waste derived odour than is currently experienced by the community.
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