Aquatec and Weltec begin the construction of a biogas plant for Australia

On October 19th, 2015, the ground was broken for one of Australia‘s most innovative biogas projects.

In the next 14 months, German biogas plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER and its project partner Aquatec Maxcon will establish a biogas plant in a Melbourne suburb. The 1 MW plant for the anaerobic digestion of organic waste will be one of the first of its kind Down Under.

The customer Yarra Valley Water is one of Australia‘s largest enterprises providing water supply and sewerage services. Through the biogas production, Yarra Valley Water will become energy self-sufficient at the plant location in Aurora: “The purpose built Waste to Energy facility will provide an environmentally sustainable solution for commercial organic wastes, generating enough renewable energy to run the existing sewage and recycled water treatment plants, as well as other Yarra Valley Water facilities”, says Pat McCafferty, Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water. The two 530 kilowatt MAN engines are even producing as much electricity that an unused surplus can be fed into the public grid.

In view of the positive effects of this anaerobic digestion project, other investors Down Under are likely to follow suit. Currently, the population and politicians are debating what the correct energy mix of tomorrow should look like. The debate also includes the subject of nature conservation. The population is sensitive to this subject due to Australia‘s environmental impact as the world‘s third-largest uranium exporter and one of the world‘s highest per-capita carbon emissions resulting from the primarily coalbased power production.