Inoplex - Cogeneration and Biogas Engine Manufacturers

Looking for Cogeneration?

Combined Heat and Power Generation technology to provide your business with heat and power when you need it.

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Biogas Power Generation

Inoplex are Biogas Engine Manufacturers using market-leading technology that allows you to generate power from a wide range of biogas qualities.

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Bioenergy and Cogeneration

Biogas Power Generators and CHP Cogeneration Systems can be used for a wide range of industries. Find out some of the industries that should be considering this technology.

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Need Reliable Heat and Power?

Does your business rely on stable, clean electricity? What about heat?
Maybe you generate organic waste that you dispose of by converting it to Biogas via Anaerobic Digestion.
Inoplex is a local manufacturer of CHP Engines that can run on Diesel, Gas or Biogas. Unlike a lot of other cogeneration technology, our systems can run at variable speed and have load following for both electricity and heat. This means we can run at lower qualities of Biogas and generate the electricity and heat you need when you need it.

Cogeneration

Industry leading technology that allows our Cogeneration power plants to respond to your actual electricity and heat requirements. Our Power Electronics load follow both electricity and heat usage, allowing us to change the CHP Engine settings accordingly.
By using an Inverter Generator, we can not only run at variable speeds, but generate clean electricity.

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Biogas Power

Inoplex has a range of solutions for Biogas Power Generation. Our standard biogas power plant uses a low cost engine that we have adapted. This not only keeps service costs down, but makes it easy and affordable to replace the engine when the corrosive nature of biogas inevitably damages the engine.
Did we mention we're local as well?

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Industries

There is a wide range of industries that benefit from Inoplex energy solutions. Aside from the obvious industries that generate biomass waste that they convert to biogas; there are also industries that require reliable and clean electricity and heat. Our Inverter Generators provide high Power Factor electricity when you need it at a lower cost than from the grid.

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Recent Case Studies

Innovative Victorian Dairy Farmer off the grid with bioenergy

The utilisation of bioenergy solutions on this dairy farm demonstrates Inoplex's ability to provide biogas solutions no matter the size or type of farm. We used both the waste from the dairy cows, as well as processing some of the canola from various crops into biodiesel, allowing him to go off-grid.

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The Cogeneration Engine

Designed for low cost, easy maintenance

Low cost engine, replaced as required. We have achieved 8,000 running hours. 300 ppm H2S tolerated with biogas dried to ground temperatures.

Compatible with an economical biological H2S scrubber. Automatic oil top up system minimises down time and operational costs. Simple, minimal cost maintenance by site staff or local mechanic with low cost service items.

The Inoplex CHP Engine can run on a variety of fuels, including Biogas, Natural Gas, LPG and Flare gas.

When paired with our Inverter Generator it operates efficiently across a range of engine outputs. Up to 42% electrical efficiency has been achieved.

Utilising the food waste from cheese-making for green energy

Wensleydale Creamery, the famous Yorkshire cheesemaker who produces Wensleydale Cheese has taken a big step towards sustainable energy and waste reduction by passing on the whey permeate, a byproduct from the cheese-making process, to generate around 1 million cubic meters of biogas which will be used to generate green power for the surrounding area.

Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese
image Wensleydale Creamery

The company is teaming up with UK fund manager Iona Capital who will utilise the feedstock in a nearby anaerobic digestion facility. It is expected that this process will generate enough power to supply around 800 homes in the local area.

The anaerobic digestion facility is currently utilising waste from a nearby ice cream producer to create bioenergy

The remaining waste left after the biogas production process will be utilised in neighbouring farmlands to enrich the topsoil quality reducing the carbon footprint even further.

This process is not only creating green power it’s diverting tonnes of waste from being disposed of into landfill. Harnessing the biogas created as the waste breaks down for power generation rather than allowing it to be released into the atmosphere or flared reduces the overall environmental impact of the cheesemaking process.

The cycle of a locally produced milk manufactured into cheese in the same region and the waste from the manufacturing process being utilised for green power in the area creates a positive, sustainable circular economy.

Find out more about the Wensleydale cheese green power initiative

https://www.wensleydale.co.uk/blog/producing-energy-from-cheese/

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Benefits of using a local cogen company

A well operating biogas power generation system can provide significant environmental and financial benefits for your business. However, the very best, most efficient biomass energy plant in the world can not help your operation if replacement parts take months to source or repairs and maintenance can only be carried out by a team on the other side of the world at great expense. 

This is an issue many Australian businesses are having when using cogeneration or biogas power systems manufactured by multinational companies who don’t have locally based support. 

However, Australia is not the only country to be suffering from an after sales service scarcity, many nations where biogas power generation is still gaining popularity are in the same boat. 

A recent article in the South African newspaper the Mail & Guardian, featured piggery and abattoir owner, Mike Fysh, with a $5.6 million biogas electricity generation plant and CHP system which is having to flare off gas due to the unavailability of repair services and spare parts for the systems turbines and engine. Unfortunately the cogeneration system hs company chose, produced by US company Capstone, doesn’t offer local servicing or sourcing of spare parts.

When up and running the piggery plant generated around 90% of the power needed to run the piggery and abattoir, as well as utilising the heat generated for use in the abattoir. The cogen system operated effectively for 4 years generating around $2.6 million of electricity when it was up and running. 

Mr Fysh is considering swapping the current engines with a locally sourced alternative to avoid this very costly issue in the future. 

Using a cogeneration system which is locally engineered and manufactured ensures expert servicing and repairs can be carried out promptly, reducing the downtime for your business and maximising efficiency. It also means replacement parts are straightforward to source.

Another benefit of using a local cogen company is being in the same (or similar) time zones mean a quick troubleshooting phone call can happen straight away quickly addressing the problem, rather than waiting until you can access support from the other side of the world.

If you'd like to find out how a locally engineered and manufactured cogeneration system can help your business give our team a call today.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here - mg.co.za/article/2019-06-21-00-this-piggery-cant-go-to-market

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Considering a cogen system for a residential building?

Utilising inner-city waste and sewage to generate power and heat for residential buildings might seem like a concept for the distant future but in reality, the infrastructure and systems are already available and implementable now.

Not only do these systems provide heat and power at a reduced cost compared with traditional fuel sources, they also offer a green energy alternative to fossil fuel power generation.

Residential building cogeneration

A recent University of Technology Sydney study on the feasibility of capturing and converting the building waste, eg. food scraps, sewage, fats, oils and grease, to biogas on-site at an inner-city Sydney building development found the idea to be very achievable. With power generated from the biogas potentially providing 20% of residents electricity needs and up to 50% of the hot water requirements.

Utilising the waste for energy within the building also reduces the direct costs and environmental impact involved in removing sewage and rubbish, often to distant treatment and landfill facilities.

If a biogas power generation plant is not a feasible option for your building alternatives include using natural gas or other fuels to power the cogenerator.

Due to the cogeneration system utilising both the electricity and heat produced the unit can provide building power at around 80% efficiency compared with grid power’s 30%.

Utilising the heat

The heat produced by the cogenerator can be used for the building’s hot water supply or space heating, reducing reliance on conventional systems powered directly using natural gas, LPG, or electricity.

Using the green power

Cogenerators provide reliable power for multi-dwelling residential buildings removing the issues encountered during grid power outs such as elevator failure, emergency lighting systems, air conditioning loss, and security system collapse.

Major power interruptions caused by storms, cyclones, and heatwaves can be avoided. Excess demand for peak power which can result in utility providers initiating rolling power outs such as those seen in the last year in Victoria and South Australia can be a worry of the past once the cogen power plant is established.

Using biogas cogenerator produced electricity reduces the building’s carbon footprint and methane emissions providing a positive environmental effect on the local area.

Inoplex cogenerators utilise internal combustion engines powered using a choice of fuels including biogas and natural gas.

Cogeneration power can effectively decrease the body corporate electricity cost for common area lighting, air conditioning and exhaust systems, pool filtration and chlorination, emergency and security systems. Depending on the metering system in the building cogeneration can be used for both common areas and residents, or common areas only.

The CHP system can be set up to run continually providing supplementary electricity to the building every day or in ‘island mode’ to kick in during mains grid power outages.

Cogeneration power plant positioning

Cogeneration units are often housed in the basement’s or on the rooftop of a multi-storey building which ensures the system causes minimal disruption to residents.

CHP systems can be installed during the construction of the building or retrofit into existing electrical power and hot water infrastructure.

Is cogeneration right for your building?

Opting for a cogeneration system in a building can pose a lot of questions and considerations for Body Corporate or strata management committees. The team at Inoplex offer guidance and expert advice at every stage of the project, carrying out feasibility reviews, presenting practical, energy efficient design options, as well as overseeing construction, commissioning, and testing.

Ref - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-25/extreme-heat-for-victoria-melbourne-hottest-day-in-a-decade/10748330

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Reliable, clean back up power

Melbourne’s recent blackouts have highlighted the need for businesses to invest in reliable, clean power alternatives. The perfect storm of conditions led to many businesses and homes losing power for hours. Soaring temperatures, scheduled power generation unit repairs, as well as two other power generators being offline for unexpected reasons, led to unmaintainable power demand.

Clean reliable back up power using cogeneration


Despite the Australian Energy Market Operator juggling energy resources and importing power from neighbouring states, even across the Tasman, and paying larger users to power down, the demand was too high.

Power companies were forced to load shed, or cut the power, to many areas of Victoria in order to protect major electrical systems.

How power outs affect you depend on many factors, however, if you are in business the consequences can vary from inconvenience to a major operational and financial disaster.

If your company relies on a constant source of power, which most do, investing in alternative back up power generation options in light of the expected increases in power outs across the ageing power grid is becoming more of a necessity rather than an option.

Inoplex Cogeneration backup power options

CHP or Cogeneration offers a practical, energy efficient reliable power generation option for business, manufacturing, and farming.

With reduced installation costs compared with diesel generators, cogeneration generators are a practical choice for a range of businesses.

If your company depends on a solid supply of power every day of the year for refrigeration, heating, cooling systems, lighting, or machinery speak to our team about cogeneration today.

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Utilising the food waste from cheese-making for green energy

Wensleydale Creamery, the famous Yorkshire cheesemaker who produces Wensleydale Cheese has taken a big step towards sustainable energy and waste reduction by passing on the whey permeate, a byproduct from the cheese-making process, to generate around 1 million cubic meters of biogas which will be used to generate green power for the surrounding area.

Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese
image Wensleydale Creamery

The company is teaming up with UK fund manager Iona Capital who will utilise the feedstock in a nearby anaerobic digestion facility. It is expected that this process will generate enough power to supply around 800 homes in the local area.

The anaerobic digestion facility is currently utilising waste from a nearby ice cream producer to create bioenergy

The remaining waste left after the biogas production process will be utilised in neighbouring farmlands to enrich the topsoil quality reducing the carbon footprint even further.

This process is not only creating green power it’s diverting tonnes of waste from being disposed of into landfill. Harnessing the biogas created as the waste breaks down for power generation rather than allowing it to be released into the atmosphere or flared reduces the overall environmental impact of the cheesemaking process.

The cycle of a locally produced milk manufactured into cheese in the same region and the waste from the manufacturing process being utilised for green power in the area creates a positive, sustainable circular economy.

Find out more about the Wensleydale cheese green power initiative

https://www.wensleydale.co.uk/blog/producing-energy-from-cheese/

Read Post

Benefits of using a local cogen company

A well operating biogas power generation system can provide significant environmental and financial benefits for your business. However, the very best, most efficient biomass energy plant in the world can not help your operation if replacement parts take months to source or repairs and maintenance can only be carried out by a team on the other side of the world at great expense. 

This is an issue many Australian businesses are having when using cogeneration or biogas power systems manufactured by multinational companies who don’t have locally based support. 

However, Australia is not the only country to be suffering from an after sales service scarcity, many nations where biogas power generation is still gaining popularity are in the same boat. 

A recent article in the South African newspaper the Mail & Guardian, featured piggery and abattoir owner, Mike Fysh, with a $5.6 million biogas electricity generation plant and CHP system which is having to flare off gas due to the unavailability of repair services and spare parts for the systems turbines and engine. Unfortunately the cogeneration system hs company chose, produced by US company Capstone, doesn’t offer local servicing or sourcing of spare parts.

When up and running the piggery plant generated around 90% of the power needed to run the piggery and abattoir, as well as utilising the heat generated for use in the abattoir. The cogen system operated effectively for 4 years generating around $2.6 million of electricity when it was up and running. 

Mr Fysh is considering swapping the current engines with a locally sourced alternative to avoid this very costly issue in the future. 

Using a cogeneration system which is locally engineered and manufactured ensures expert servicing and repairs can be carried out promptly, reducing the downtime for your business and maximising efficiency. It also means replacement parts are straightforward to source.

Another benefit of using a local cogen company is being in the same (or similar) time zones mean a quick troubleshooting phone call can happen straight away quickly addressing the problem, rather than waiting until you can access support from the other side of the world.

If you'd like to find out how a locally engineered and manufactured cogeneration system can help your business give our team a call today.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here - mg.co.za/article/2019-06-21-00-this-piggery-cant-go-to-market

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