Posts Tagged 'Green energy'

Building a Biochar Kiln

Building a Biochar Kiln – Lessons Learn’t

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Firstly, we were engaged by Chandala Poultry to design a system that would recover the energy from chicken litter the farm produces and use it to meet the farms energy requirements. We did look at other bioenergy technologies including anaerobic digestion but decided, after consultation with the owner, on pyrolysis.

Secondly, technologies to produce biochar in Australia are either too big, needing thousands of tonnes of feedstock to be viable and ...

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Energy Farmers Australia builds WA’s first mobile biochar kiln

Energy Farmers Australia is pleased to announce the development of our first mobile biochar kiln. The kiln has been in the pipeline for well over a year and we have just finished construction. We are in the process of commissioning the unit and expect to have it operating in the the next couple of months.

This unit is mobile and will process approx. 200-300 kg/hour. Initially we will use it to produce biochar for field trials and to demonstrate bioenergy technology ...

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Anaerobic Digestion 101

Anaerobic Digestion TankThe Anaerobic digestion process or AD for short uses micro-organisms to break down organic materials in the absence of oxygen to produce biogas and bioenergy.

Stages of anaerobic digestion

The anaerobic digestion process

What is biogas?

Biogas is a gas comprised mainly of methane. Methane is highly combustible and can be used for heating, cooling and electrical generation. See below ...

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Energy Farmers presents at Bioenergy Australia’s annual conference.

Our bioenergy presentation at Bioenergy Australia’s annual conference held in Melbourne on the 25th-27th of November was on the work we have been doing in the bioenergy space. It was great to mix with other industry players and sobering to hear they are all facing the same constraints getting projects off the ground.

Biomass projects are complex needing a lot of different aspects to come together to ensure project success. Financing these projects is an issue, long development times mean ...

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Bioenergy Roadmap – A good plan for the future.

Internationally it has been proven that bioenergy can be a significant player in energy supply. Indeed many developed economies have ambitious plans to increase the contribution of bioenergy in future. Currently bioenergy contributes less that 1% of Australia’s energy supply. Australia must draw from these international experiences and apply them as part of actions required to combat the effects of climate change.

The ‘Australian Bioenergy Roadmap – Setting the direction for biomass in stationary energy to 2020 and beyond” ...

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“Carbon Tax” – opening up opportunities in Australian agriculture.

 

In May, the Federal Government announced the successful applicants of  “Filling the Research Gap” and “Action on the Ground“,  round one funding, direct beneficiaries of the Clean Energy Futures policy.

I think its great to see the variety of projects and it’s the first real step to getting farmers and the rest of Australia away from their reliance of fossil based products and toward more sustainable agricultural systems.

Overall 117 projects shared 72 million dollars with research including ...

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Mid West Waste to Energy Project – Testing for energy.

All wastes contain energy.

Organic energy is produced when an organic waste is converted into a fuel, such as methane. The process helps us reduce environmental damage because it recovers a valuable resource (methane) and reduces pollution in the atmosphere. Inorganic energy is produced when high calorific materials, such as plastics, are recovered. The plastics used to generate inorganic energy are most often those that can’t be recycled.

As part of stage one of EFA’s Mid West Waste to Energy Project Development ...

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Carbon Farming Begins Business

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) Administrator has been appointed and the CFI is now operational which will allow land managers, farmers and landfill operators to participate in carbon markets.

The Government has taken industry views into account in making regulations for:

  • the Australian National Registry of Emission Units which will support both the Carbon Farming Initiative and the carbon pricing mechanism;
  • An initial list of activities which will be eligible under the CFI once technical methodologies are ...
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Funding for Carbon Farming

The Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food have launched “Filling the Research Gap” as part of its Carbon Farming Futures Program. 201 million dollars will be invested to support research into emerging abatement technologies, strategies and innovative management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector, sequester carbon and enhance sustainable agricultural practices.

The funding is available to Australian companies, business, research organisation, government agencies and departments. Research priorities for funding ...

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