The anaerobic digestion facility at Richgro was installed by Perth based Biogass Renewables and became operational in 2015. The considerable investment not only helped the garden business for which Richgro is famous…..but it has also opened up a whole new area of growth. Richgro is able to provide a service to local food and drinks manufacturers – diverting out of date stock or faulty stock from landfill and using it to generate biogas used onsite to produce heat and electricity – a huge onsite saving for Richgro with the added bonus of being to sell some electricity back into the grid. The waste liquid from the process is nutrient rich and is used in the production of their compost. In addition, Richgro is able to route much of the waste heat and CO2 from the process to newly constructed glasshouses for growing out of season blueberries.
In 2012 Biogass Renewables secured gents from the Clean Technology Investment Program (now disbanded). The grant funding was augmented by concessional finance from Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and support from the Government of Western Australia under its Low Emissions Energy Fund. The investment was approximately $8 million and the journey was around 5 years from initial discussions to completion. The Jandakot based plant has the ability to process up to 140 tonnes of food waste per day.
- Richgro on Channel 7′s Today Tonight Program, Aug 2014
- Biogass Presentation for ARENA – Commercially viable bioenergy from food waste: An Australian success story at Richgro Garden Products
- Local Company Powers Up with Food Waste, Nov 2014
- Food Waste could be converted into energy to power WA homes, July 2015
- Nothing Wasted as Richgro branches into bioenergy, Feb 2016
- Richgro website
- Biogass Renewables website
- Biogass Renewables Presentation at Bioenergy Australia Biogas workshops 2016