Biogas Opportunities for Australia
A very interesting report, Bioenergy Australia – report ‘Biogas Opportunities’, commissioned by Bioenergy Australia and written by ENEA Consulting, was released last week, identifying the opportunity for the development of a biogas industry in Australia, as well as analysing the barriers and challenges currently facing the industry.
The report finds:
Biogas is a renewable, reliable and local source of energy. The biogas industry provides an alternative route for waste treatment while contributing to the development of local economies. The Australian biogas industry is emerging.
In 2016-17, electricity generation from biogas was about 1,200 GWh1(4,320 TJ), or 0.5 per cent of the national electricity generation Bib.1. In 2017, there were 242 biogas plants in the country, half of which were landflls collecting landfll gas Bib.2. Roughly half of this landfll gas was not used as an energy source and was fared.
The total estimated biogas potential in Australia is 103 TWh (371 PJ)2 Bib.3, which is comparable with current biogas production in Germany. Australia’s biogas potential is equivalent to almost 9 per cent of Australia’s total energy consumption of 4,247 PJ in 2016-2017 Bib.1. Considering the current average size of biogas units in Australia, this could represent up to 90,000 biogas units3.
- significant biogas potential in Australia which is comparable to the current biogas production in Germany
- biogas potential is equivalent to almost 9 per cent of Australia’s total final energy consumption
- the investment opportunity for new bioenergy and energy from waste projects is estimated at $A3.5 to 5.0 billion
- potential to avoid up to 9 million tonnes of CO2e emissions each year
Energy 360, together with its strategic partners, has the technology to produce biogas for energy generation, and we look forward to further contributing to the uptake of these biogas opportunities to expedite Australia’s renewable gas migration.