Bioenergy facility

We are assessing 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. 

How does bioenergy work?

Bioenergy is electricity, heat or gas generated from organic matter.  

Using dry anaerobic digestion technology, organic waste is broken down inside a contained oxygen-free facility to create biogas, which is then converted into 100% renewable energy. 

We are considering a bioenergy facility that would generate enough renewable energy to power the facility itself, plus the Byron Sewage Treatment Plant. Any excess energy would be available for dispatch and sale to the electricity grid. 

The leftover organic waste would be converted into a nutrient-rich compost product, which could be used by the agricultural industry to grow more crops. 

The Byron Shire Bioenergy Facility would NOT use forestry waste.

Organic waste includes:

  • Residential green bins.
  • Garden waste.
  • Commercial food waste.
  • Grease trap waste.
  • Biosolids (dried wastewater sludge) from the sewage treatment plant. 

 

The bioenergy facility would:

  • produce approximately 4 million kilowatt-hours per year, the equivalent of 267 households per year.
  • reduce Council’s total carbon emissions by over 20%.
  • reduce Council’s use of grid electricity by 70%.
  • save approximately 3,402 tonne/CO2 per year for Council, the equivalent of keeping approximately 1,030 cars off the road each year. 
  • This project would create a pathway for more renewable energy projects by acting as a reference site. It would also help Council and the NSW and Australian governments meet renewable energy targets.