Biogas project to power Richgro’s operations

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Garden products supplier, Richgro will soon meet all its power needs by harnessing ground-breaking waste-to-energy technology to recycle organic waste.

Garden products supplier, Richgro will soon meet all its power needs by harnessing ground-breaking waste-to-energy technology to recycle organic waste.
The more than $3.3 million waste-to-energy plant being installed has the capacity to process 35,000 tonnes a year of commercial and industrial organic waste that could be diverted from landfill, according to Geoff Richards, Richgro’s managing director. The plant is expected to be operational by June 2013 and will have a capacity of up to 2 megawatts.
“Quality, passion and environmental preservation are our main driving forces, which is why we’re very excited about this technology that will help us improve productivity, improve our business bottom line and make a difference to the environment,” he states.
Biogass Renewables, which is installing the plant, will integrate the latest European and British technology, which will be designed to suit Australian conditions.
Low Carbon Australia is financing two-thirds of the project cost, and a grant under the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Investment Program will cover the remainder.
“We’re very excited by the potential of biogas capture to allow Australian businesses to significantly reduce their energy costs while achieving significant carbon abatement,” Meg McDonald, Low Carbon Australia CEO, comments.
“There’s considerable scope for biogas projects in Australia with our own research indicating that the intensive agriculture and meat processing industries could offer significant opportunities for cost effective carbon abatement.”
McDonald says the Richgro biogas project, which is located at Jandakot in Western Australia, is expected to produce enough power for the site and its by-product would be used as a raw material in Richgro’s garden products.

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