The latest expansion of Ecofuels’ area of interest is into direct power generation.
As part of the MP Biodiesel Project, by-products, previously considered to be waste streams, are to be processed through an anaerobic digester to produce power, clean water and a range of fertilisers. It is proposed that this installation will be fully operational by the end of 2013.
In partnership with a Melbourne based design group, Ecofuels intends to further develop these systems to provide waste management answers for an extensive range of agricultural industries.
Current indications are that the digesters offered will be of considerable interest to groups such as intensive livestock operators, rural councils, agricultural processors and the dairy sector.
Units will be capable of producing sufficient power and heat energy to allow a range of end users to operate independently of mains power or, indeed, to sell surplus power back to the grid.
Digesters can be used to convert a wide range of organic material. As such, they have the potential to be deployed in both localised and larger regional configurations to generate power from what are now waste streams.
Again, the use of appropriate scale, as with the Ecofuels biofuel development, will reduce the costs of transporting the raw materials needed.