Energy Farmers Australia is investigating the feasibility of Mid West Waste to Energy.
Using crop residues, council wastes and commercial & industrial wastes as the main feedstock, the station located in Geraldton, Western Australia has the potential to produce electricity, heat and fuels, enabling landholders to become involved in the bioenergy industry and much more that just farmers of food and fiber but energy farmers well.
If you are a farmer or bioenergy / waste to energy technology provider our bioenergy projects offer you:
- An off farm income and getting paid for your crop residue
- Alternative weed control
- Reduced burning of crops
- Carbon credit potential
- Reduced emissions
- Reliable sources or biomass
- Being part of a new and exciting industry.
Our business model is based on a co-operative structure where farmers, other feed stock suppliers and technology providers “buy in” to own and manage the station. This investment comes with a supply commitment that guarantees delivery of feedstock and ensures that most of the benefits from the station remain in local communities.
As first part of the feasibility study EFA is looking into feedstock collection methods and conducting test work to determine the nutrient and energy content of various biomass. View our slideshow an videos below.
Bailing straw for test work
We also visited SP Hay in Brookton to check out the Glenvar Harvest Direct system
Other areas of investigation include:
- Application for funding under the Federal Governments, Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, Emerging Renewables Program
- Investigated the cost of a connection study with Western Power for grid access
- Approached various energy retailers with a view of securing a power purchase agreement for any energy produced by the station
There are valuable co-products of the various processes such as biochar. This stable form of carbon can be blended with other organic residue to become a nutrient rich soil conditioner. There are a range of potential offset opportunities under the Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative which will be able to be applied when the appropriate methodologies are released.
Feedstock for the project
- Crop Residue – As part of the process of harvesting grain from WA’s cereal and legume and canola crops, a significant waste stream is generated. This waste stream contains grain, stalks chaff, husks and weed seeds. Due to the presence of the weed seeds in the material, it is often raked into windrows and burnt. This project will pay farmers to bale this resource and supply the station.
- Other Green Waste – Weed species such as rye grass, radish and blue lupins represent serious problems for farmers. Farm Energy provides another option for control of these weeds by paying farmers to slash and bale these effected areas and send the product to the plant.
- Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) – Material including green waste, household rubbish, scrap timber, commercial & industrial wastes and non-recyclable plastic all have embedded energy, this project offers the opportunity to divert this waste from landfill;
- Commercial and Industrial (C&I) – Commercial and Industrial waste from business and industry.
- Oil Mallee – Oil mallee trees are increasingly being planted in agricultural areas, controlling erosion and also water levels in salt prone areas. Planting oil mallees provide WtE stations feedstock supply security and the potential to value add the bi product of the WtE conversion process.
- Manures – Chicken, cow and pig manures are high in nutrients and offer a valuable additive.
If you are a farmer or farmer group, have access to a waste stream or are a WtE technology provider EFA’s Waste to Energy projects presents you with new opportunities to use your wastes resources and become part of special bioenergy projects that will bring benefits to you, the land and the your community!
Contact us to learn more.