ReNu Energy Limited constructed the project under a Build Own Operate Maintain (BOOM) model, whereby ReNu Energy owns and operates the equipment and Southern Meats purchases the electricity supplied under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
The Project includes an anaerobic digester, which is supplied with waste water from the abattoir, biogas treatment plant, two 800 kW dual fuel Caterpillar generators and electrical interconnection to the abattoir. The electricity generated is supplied to the abattoir at peak times of the daily billing cycle to reduce the facility’s overall electricity costs. To be able to meet the peak demand periods, the generators can be operated on dual fuel, blending biogas with natural gas. Dual fuel blending is a novel and innovative application in the field of bioenergy, enabling projects to better meet the demand cycles of customers and enhance project viability through the addition of natural gas.
The project commercial operations started in February 2018.
- No cost to Southern Meats, with project developed under ReNu Energy’s Build Own Operate Maintain (BOOM) model
- Renewable electricity supply during peak and shoulder periods, covering up to 50% of abattoirs annual usage, equivalent to 4,200 MWh per year from Biogas.
- Reduction in the overall carbon footprint of the abattoir, by approximately 18,000 Tonnes CO2 eq/ annum
Southern Meat Site
$2.1 million Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grant. ARENA plays a critical role in assisting technologies and businesses to successfully demonstrate and commercialise emerging renewable energy technologies.
- Southern Meats (SM) sheep abattoir with rendering
- 4,000 – 6,000 head per day
- 1.0 – 1.2 ML waste water per day
- 5 days a week
- Yearly Electricity Consumption – approx. 8,000 MWh
- High peak & shoulder demand usages charges
- Uncovered anaerobic pond
- 2 x 800 kW dual fuel generators
- Operating in Peak & Shoulder periods
- Mon – Fri 7am to 10pm
- Biogas blended with Natural Gas to allow Peak & Shoulder demands to be met.
- Approx. 1,300,000 m3/year of biogas
- Approx. 70% methane
- Electricity produced – approx. 4,200 MWh per year from Biogas
- 50% of abattoir’s annual usage
- Environmental Credits:
- 4,200 Large Scale Generator Credits (LGCs) per year
- Approx. 8,000 Australia Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) per year
- Reduction in the overall carbon footprint of the abattoir
- Total Reduction in CO2 – 18,640 Tonnes CO2 eq/ annum
- Equivalent to 4,000 cars driven for a year
Southern Meats Scrubber
Southern Meats Generator
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