We are looking at the feasibility of a bioenergy facility in the Byron Shire. A smarter, local waste solution to convert organic green waste into renewable energy and a compost product.
The proposed location for the bioenergy facility is on Council land at the Byron Sewage Treatment Plant.
If successful, the Byron Bioenergy Facility will be the first of its kind in Australia.
Current stage - Upcoming review by Council, Development Application for construction of a bioenergy facility
View the DA on Council's DA Tracker webpage Search for Application 10.2021.364.1
The DA was approved by the Northern Regional Planning Panel on Tuesday 17 May 2022.
The project will be reviewed by the elected Council later in 2022 and grant funding options are currently being explored.
The NRPP DA determination is on the NSW Planning Portal.
What is bioenergy?
Bioenergy is converting organic waste into clean and green renewable energy. It’s known as a closed-loop carbon cycle, because the carbon created will end up as plant matter and stays within the system.
Dry anaerobic digestion uses oxygen-free conditions to break down organic matter inside a contained facility. The resulting biogas is converted into energy.
These are the steps in the bio-energy process.
- Organic waste is collected and broken down.
- Gases are contained and captured.
- Then the gases are converted into renewable energy.
- This results in green energy, a compost product and carbon emission reduction.
Dry anaerobic digestion DOES NOT use burning, incineration or combustion-based technology.
The Byron Bioenergy Facility would NOT USE forestry waste.
The infographic steps out this process.