Energy recovery from agro-food sector waste in Extremadura could supply power to over 80,000 households

Greene Waste to Energy will generate 33,400 kilowatts/hour using waste from the tomato processing industry, olive pomace, grapes and rice husks. The company showcased its gasification technology at the Feria Agroexpo trade show.

The practical application of circular economy principles to the generation of electricity will enable the Autonomous Community of Extremadura to generate energy using waste from the agro-food industry, basically from tomatoes, olives, grapes and rice. The technology developed by Greene Waste to Energy, a Spanish-owned company, will enable the production of 33,400 kW/hour from this organic waste, enough to supply energy to 80,000 households with average consumption. The technology was demonstrated by representatives of the company during the 30th Feria Internacional Agroexpo trade fair, which was held from January 24 to 27 in Don Benito (Badajoz).

All this is possible thanks to the gasification process developed by the company, a process capable of eliminating organic waste from the agro-food industry and using it to produce energy. Thus, by implementing circular economy principles, the capacity of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura to generate electricity will be increased. At the same time, the problem of managing these types of waste will be addressed.

Waste pulp and seeds from the tomato industry can be used to generate 5,000 kW/hour, almost as much as the waste grapes generated by the vineyards in the region and rice husk waste, which could account for 5,400 kw/hour. Due to the volume of pomace generated by the olive oil industry in Extremadura, the olive pomace from the olive pressing processes would undoubtedly have even greater potential for the generation of electricity. Greene Waste to Energy studies confirm that it could result in the production of around 23,000 kw/hour.

Power generated from agricultural waste could supply the entire city of Badajoz, which has around 80,000 homes and a population of almost 150,000.