Livestock Waste Powers Queensland Farm07 August 2013
AUSTRALIA - A Queensland bioenergy company has secured a multimillion-dollar contract to deliver the largest renewable power generation plant of its kind in the country.
The process will convert into electricity effluent from one of the country's largest livestock production facilities in southeast Queensland, reports Gold Coast.
The project is a joint-venture between Yatala-based Quantum Power and its Australian and New Zealand technology partner, RCM Digesters Australia. RCM is a subsidiary of California-based RCM International.
The new Queensland facility will provide 600kW of installed power generation capacity, making it the single largest installed renewable power generation plant at an intensive livestock production facility in Australia.
The next largest is a 460kW plant now under construction, also supplied by Quantum Power.
The biogas-fuelled power plants are generating huge energy savings for the livestock and food production industries.
In one instance, a Queensland livestock producer that was paying A$15,000 a month for electricity is now producing its own energy and receiving A$5000 from the energy provider each month.
Quantum Power chief executive Richard Brimblecombe said the new biogas project was expected to replace more than 95 per cent of grid-supplied energy for the livestock enterprise.
He said Quantum had started work on the biogas-fuelled power plant, with construction expected to be completed in nine months.
Mr Brimblecombe said the project would lead to significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by slashing methane produced by livestock effluent.
"The business will become almost self-sufficient from an energy perspective and become insulated from future electricity price rises," he said.
"The engineered anaerobic digestion system will not only save our client millions of dollars in electricity bills over many years, it is also remarkably better for the environment.
"Some livestock producers are spending up to A$100,000 a month on electricity and we can help dramatically reduce, and in some cases eliminate, their grid-supplied power usage."
Quantum Power is proving a leader in the field of renewable energy, having delivered nine biogas plants around Australia.
They have been installed at livestock facilities in southern Queensland and central NSW and at food-processing plants in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
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