I am an Internet wanderer on subjects that interest me and this heading caught my attention as I can’t understand why anaerobic digestion is not widely used in Australia in the same way that it is in other countries around the world.
I have handled one client in this category called BioBowser run by a lovely bloke called Ron Lakin, who was trying to get some interest in small scale units that could be used on hobby farms, remote tourist resorts and hotels and even restaurants where the waste could be used to produce methane to cook the food, heat water, or produce energy and when that is done, there is some great compost residue to boost the veggie garden.
We received great media support for BioBowser and some enquiries, but no sales and I have no idea why.
One theory is that there is too much Government red tape, coal and gas alternatives in Australia are cheap and plentiful and although large scale biodigestion is used by piggeries and abattoirs, the small applications that are so widespread in China, Africa, Ireland, Germany and Sweden just haven’t happened here.
The City of Toronto garbage truck story that caught my attention is their planned use of food scraps to fuel garbage trucks turning the waste into biogas, the biofuel produced from the decomposition of organic waste.
This will be the first City in North America to do it and it is a real Circular Economy story as the same trucks that pick up the waste will be fuelled by gas produced from it.
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