Inoplex - Cogeneration and Biogas Engine Manufacturers

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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.

Australian bioenergy projects and growth in 2018

In 2018 an impressive 21% of electricity generated in Australia was from renewable sources. However, bioenergy only scores a small 7.1% of the country’s renewable electricity generation accounting for 1.5% of the total power generation. That doesn't seem like a lot in the big picture but even though that figure seems low it’s actually enough power for 742,418 households.

Percentage of bioenergy in Australia
Percentage of bioenergy in Australia 2018 - image Clean Energy Council

There are currently 222 bioenergy plants generating green power across the country, with 55 more projects in the pipeline for the near future. Bioenergy in Australia is definitely gaining traction, with it's versatility and eco friendly nature it's not hard to see why.

Australian bioenergy projects

Queensland’s Maryborough Sugar Factory Ltd sugar mill led the way this year with a $75 million plant using bagasse, a waste product from sugar production, to generate up to 24 MW of power for the region. Another impressive green power generator is the Select Harvest Carina West Cogeneration plant in Victoria’s north west which utilises the waste hull and shells from their almond processing facility to reduce the carbon footprint by huge 27%. The plant will generate enough electricity to power the almond facility and the nearby Carina Orchard irrigation pumps.

A power generation project located in Caboolture in Queensland’s south east uses landfill produced biogas. Landfill feedstock makes up the most predominant source in the country. Another large scale landfill bioenergy project is set to divert up to 50% of the residential waste from Perth’s metro area from landfill sites, generating electricity for around 50,000 households across the West Australian capital. In total, around 64% of the bioenergy feedstock in the country comes from municipal and industrial waste sources. 

Bioenergy production by state 2018
Bioenergy production by state 2018 - image Clean Energy Council

Benefits of bioenergy growth

Increased development of bioenergy in Australia is fueling regional employment, investment, and economic growth. It also provides energy security for areas which often experience power issues due to remoteness or distance from mains power locations. 

Renewable segment of energy generation in Australia
Renewable segment of energy generation in Australia - image Clean Energy Council

Bioenergy benefits the environment on a national as well as a global front as greenhouse gas emissions are reduced due to sustainably sourced biomass’s carbon neutrality. 

The use of biomass provides a positive avenue to reuse or recycle agricultural, commercial, and industrial waste, eliminating the effects of the often costly waste removal or treatment practices on the environment.

Throughout 2018 bioenergy was created from a variety of sources including:

  • Local council industrial and residential waste and landfill gas - 64%
  • Agricultural products such as bagasse and oils - 19%
  • Wood waste - 9%
  • Waste from livestock operations - 8%
  • Waste water containing biodegradable organic matter

With 4% of energy production in Australia coming from biomass the country still has a long way to go to catch the worlds larger bioenergy users such as the European Union which generates around 10% of its power from bioenergy.

Would you like to know more about using bioenergy in your facility? Contact the team at Inoplex at 0448 307 282 or complete our online bioenergy enquiry form today.


Ref - https://selectharvests.com.au/sustainability/, https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/piano.revolutionise.com.au/news/vabsvwo5pa8jnsgs.pdf, https://assets.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/documents/resources/reports/clean-energy-australia/clean-energy-australia-report-2019.pdf

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Waste solutions, a circular economy and creative ways to end the waste crisis

With the billions of people currently living in the world (around 7.7 billion at last count), there is bound to be a little food waste... actually make that A LOT of food waste that results from close to 8 billion people needing to eat. Whether it's fruit, vegetables, dinner scraps or something else completely, the amount of food scraps is only increasing and they need to be kept somewhere. But where?

Enter waste-to-energy - otherwise known as WtE or energy-from-waste (EfW) - the process of creating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste or the processing of waste into a fuel source. There are a few WtE plants around Australia (we are a little behind compared to other countries), with around 20 in Victoria alone. In particular, a plant in north Melbourne run by Yarra Valley Water processes up 33,000 tonnes of food scraps every year, which produces enough energy to power an estimated 2,000.00. Plants such as this accept food waste from local suppliers, airlines and even local markets (for example, the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market) and send the scraps through specialised machinery that 'squish' the waste into smaller pieces, to be sent into giant tanks. The machinery works like a giant stomach in a way, converting food waste to renewable energy using the gas that's produced when the waste is starved of oxygen.

The gas that is created is burnt off to power various turbines, which generates electricity to power buildings and other machinery. In the case of the Yarra Valley Water-run WtE plant, the gas that is produced runs 2 turbines that power the neighbouring water treatment plant, with around 70% of the energy generated being fed back into the grid. Additionally, only around 1/20 of the methane that would be created in landfill is emitted, which is a huge bonus.

It is worth noting however that waste-to-energy solutions should not be encouraging people to use more waste - the exact opposite actually. The primary goal all over the globe should be to decrease the amount of waste that is produced each year, followed by goals associated with turning what inevitable waste that is created into productive forms. Currently, Victoria alone produces around 2 million tonnes of food waste every year, so there is a lot of waste to work with but also a long way to go.

The use of a circular economy is another component to waste-to-energy solutions, with the Victorian Government due to finalise a circular economy policy by 2020. This will include actions to reduce how much waste goes into landfill, in addition to encouraging recycling and recycling-based manufacturing. But a circular economy is more than just sorting your recycling - it is about consuming recyclable products, being aware of what you are consuming and actually using recyclables in our Australian-made products. A lot of things to consider!

Discussions like these should get you thinking as to what your waste contributions are, both from a personal and business perspective, and what you are doing to make a positive contribution. Inoplex also offer waste-to-energy solutions for a variety of industries, so take a look at our website if you would like to know a little more.

Resources:

ABC News (Energy from waste and a circular economy: innovative ideas to solve the waste crisis): https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-18/could-waste-to-energy-help-solve-victorias-recycling-crisis/10909748

Wikipedia (Waste-to-Energy): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste-to-energy

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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/

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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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Australian bioenergy projects and growth in 2018

In 2018 an impressive 21% of electricity generated in Australia was from renewable sources. However, bioenergy only scores a small 7.1% of the country’s renewable electricity generation accounting for 1.5% of the total power generation. That doesn't seem like a lot in the big picture but even though that figure seems low it’s actually enough power for 742,418 households.

Percentage of bioenergy in Australia
Percentage of bioenergy in Australia 2018 - image Clean Energy Council

There are currently 222 bioenergy plants generating green power across the country, with 55 more projects in the pipeline for the near future. Bioenergy in Australia is definitely gaining traction, with it's versatility and eco friendly nature it's not hard to see why.

Australian bioenergy projects

Queensland’s Maryborough Sugar Factory Ltd sugar mill led the way this year with a $75 million plant using bagasse, a waste product from sugar production, to generate up to 24 MW of power for the region. Another impressive green power generator is the Select Harvest Carina West Cogeneration plant in Victoria’s north west which utilises the waste hull and shells from their almond processing facility to reduce the carbon footprint by huge 27%. The plant will generate enough electricity to power the almond facility and the nearby Carina Orchard irrigation pumps.

A power generation project located in Caboolture in Queensland’s south east uses landfill produced biogas. Landfill feedstock makes up the most predominant source in the country. Another large scale landfill bioenergy project is set to divert up to 50% of the residential waste from Perth’s metro area from landfill sites, generating electricity for around 50,000 households across the West Australian capital. In total, around 64% of the bioenergy feedstock in the country comes from municipal and industrial waste sources. 

Bioenergy production by state 2018
Bioenergy production by state 2018 - image Clean Energy Council

Benefits of bioenergy growth

Increased development of bioenergy in Australia is fueling regional employment, investment, and economic growth. It also provides energy security for areas which often experience power issues due to remoteness or distance from mains power locations. 

Renewable segment of energy generation in Australia
Renewable segment of energy generation in Australia - image Clean Energy Council

Bioenergy benefits the environment on a national as well as a global front as greenhouse gas emissions are reduced due to sustainably sourced biomass’s carbon neutrality. 

The use of biomass provides a positive avenue to reuse or recycle agricultural, commercial, and industrial waste, eliminating the effects of the often costly waste removal or treatment practices on the environment.

Throughout 2018 bioenergy was created from a variety of sources including:

  • Local council industrial and residential waste and landfill gas - 64%
  • Agricultural products such as bagasse and oils - 19%
  • Wood waste - 9%
  • Waste from livestock operations - 8%
  • Waste water containing biodegradable organic matter

With 4% of energy production in Australia coming from biomass the country still has a long way to go to catch the worlds larger bioenergy users such as the European Union which generates around 10% of its power from bioenergy.

Would you like to know more about using bioenergy in your facility? Contact the team at Inoplex at 0448 307 282 or complete our online bioenergy enquiry form today.


Ref - https://selectharvests.com.au/sustainability/, https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/piano.revolutionise.com.au/news/vabsvwo5pa8jnsgs.pdf, https://assets.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/documents/resources/reports/clean-energy-australia/clean-energy-australia-report-2019.pdf

Read Post

Waste solutions, a circular economy and creative ways to end the waste crisis

With the billions of people currently living in the world (around 7.7 billion at last count), there is bound to be a little food waste... actually make that A LOT of food waste that results from close to 8 billion people needing to eat. Whether it's fruit, vegetables, dinner scraps or something else completely, the amount of food scraps is only increasing and they need to be kept somewhere. But where?

Enter waste-to-energy - otherwise known as WtE or energy-from-waste (EfW) - the process of creating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste or the processing of waste into a fuel source. There are a few WtE plants around Australia (we are a little behind compared to other countries), with around 20 in Victoria alone. In particular, a plant in north Melbourne run by Yarra Valley Water processes up 33,000 tonnes of food scraps every year, which produces enough energy to power an estimated 2,000.00. Plants such as this accept food waste from local suppliers, airlines and even local markets (for example, the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market) and send the scraps through specialised machinery that 'squish' the waste into smaller pieces, to be sent into giant tanks. The machinery works like a giant stomach in a way, converting food waste to renewable energy using the gas that's produced when the waste is starved of oxygen.

The gas that is created is burnt off to power various turbines, which generates electricity to power buildings and other machinery. In the case of the Yarra Valley Water-run WtE plant, the gas that is produced runs 2 turbines that power the neighbouring water treatment plant, with around 70% of the energy generated being fed back into the grid. Additionally, only around 1/20 of the methane that would be created in landfill is emitted, which is a huge bonus.

It is worth noting however that waste-to-energy solutions should not be encouraging people to use more waste - the exact opposite actually. The primary goal all over the globe should be to decrease the amount of waste that is produced each year, followed by goals associated with turning what inevitable waste that is created into productive forms. Currently, Victoria alone produces around 2 million tonnes of food waste every year, so there is a lot of waste to work with but also a long way to go.

The use of a circular economy is another component to waste-to-energy solutions, with the Victorian Government due to finalise a circular economy policy by 2020. This will include actions to reduce how much waste goes into landfill, in addition to encouraging recycling and recycling-based manufacturing. But a circular economy is more than just sorting your recycling - it is about consuming recyclable products, being aware of what you are consuming and actually using recyclables in our Australian-made products. A lot of things to consider!

Discussions like these should get you thinking as to what your waste contributions are, both from a personal and business perspective, and what you are doing to make a positive contribution. Inoplex also offer waste-to-energy solutions for a variety of industries, so take a look at our website if you would like to know a little more.

Resources:

ABC News (Energy from waste and a circular economy: innovative ideas to solve the waste crisis): https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-18/could-waste-to-energy-help-solve-victorias-recycling-crisis/10909748

Wikipedia (Waste-to-Energy): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste-to-energy

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