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Issue 97 – December 2017

Welcome members and friends

The bioenergy sector departs 2017 with more progress towards increasing growth in the use of bioenergy based solutions than any other time in the history of the Association. The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is opening up opportunities which are now being recognised for their externality value in addition to their economic value to the host.

In New Zealand we are fortunate in now having a Government that seriously wants to address climate issues, regional economic growth and employment. These are where bioenergy can make a significant contribution. The recent Bioenergy Australia Conference in Sydney showed where the opportunities are being pursued in Australia. (Generally at a State level and not at a federal level.) As a combined market we now have the opportunities but we need to step up our game in linking the investment opportunities to our ability to deliver. Too often we have the situation where there are significant market failures with technology providers and potential customers not connecting.

Bioenergy is based on a resource where the value chain has many players and where collaboration and cooperation is critical. For example, forest owners need to be working with those able to turn the forest residues into specified fuel, and the fuel suppliers need to be producing a product that is fit for purpose for specific boiler design. Having fuel standards and quality assurance measures can reduce barriers to efficient market operation. We need to be developing these collectively.

The promotion of our capabilities and availability of biomass resources as feedstock or fuel has to lift up a notch or two. Our ability to deliver quality bioenergy based solutions needs to be at the same level as our competitor fossil fuels. To do this we need collective promotion.

These are the areas where Bioenergy Association will be focusing attention over the coming year and we welcome your involvement as collectively we can achieve a lot more than if we act individually.

Have a good and restful summer break.   

Brian Cox
Executive Officer

Bioenergy NZ & Australia

ADI Sytems Asia Pacific - BPO Ltd *announcement*
BPO Ltd logoBPO Ltd (BPO) has announced the purchase of assets of ADI Systems Asia Pacific Ltd (ADI) this month, a purchase which has strong support from ADI Group Inc.  BPO advises that the ADI Systems Asia Pacific team continues to be available to meet the needs of clients on existing and future projects and to service the Aftercare Service Agreements (ASAs) providing ongoing technical advice and monitoring.
BPO is a 100% New Zealand owned solution-driven company with an extensive track record in the dairy, environmental technology and wastewater industries. They advise that "Our core values are integrity and practical experience. Our practical, flexible and innovative approach and solutions have been recognised by many industrial clients in New Zealand, Australia and overseas over the last 18 years."
The ADI team brings a wealth of expertise and experience in design, delivery and operations of industrial wastewater treatment plants to BPO. This team has designed a number of anaerobic and aerobic systems for the treatment of dairy and other wastewaters as well as numerous waste-to-energy biogas plants and BPO is pleased to welcome them in.

Go to BPO Ltd company profile. 

New 7MW boiler at Milburn sawmill
After flirting with closure under its previous owners, the sawmill at Milburn, south of Dunedin, has been given a new lease of life under Pan Pac ownership. The wood processing residues in the form of bark and sawdust fuels the 7MW Polytechnik boiler.
View Millburn Sawmill article (Polytechnik)
Source NZ Logger

Victoria waste strategy
The Victorian Government is seeking input from the community and industry on the best role for waste to energy technologies in their  waste and energy sectors in Victoria. they have developed a very good discussion paper which sets out the options.
Consultation is open until 24 December and they would like to hear sector views. 
Bioenergy Association will be making a submission of support so if interested contact

Sustainability Victoria has a $2million Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund that is testing the market to find out what can locally be delivered to divert food waste from landfill.
Sustainability Victoria is involved with the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment, a national effort to draw investment to Australia for bioenergy opportunities,

Victoria has previously developed and are in throes of delivering an organics recovery strategy that includes a focus on bioenergy in the

Sustainability Victoria also has an Investment Facilitation Service which seeks to land investment in Victoria for advanced organic recovery infrastructure much of which interest has come from the Bioenergy/Waste to Energy sectors.

Another initiative of Sustainability Victoria is its free finance facilitation services which assists companies and project champions in accessing data, information and analysis expertise needed for developing a project. (Despite what the landing page communicates they go into bioenergy/waste to energy prospects as well).

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is also in throes of developing a Bioenergy Industry Development Plan to complement the Waste to Energy Policy which is intended to grow the largely nascent bioenergy industry in Victoria.

Briefings of incoming New Zealand Ministers
New Zealand government agencies provide briefings to the incoming Ministers at the start of a new Government. The briefings are now available to the public and they provide an insight into how government officials see the sector. The gaps are more revealing than what is in the briefings. However they are an introduction of the relevant topic to each Minister so don't go into a lot of detail.

New Logo and Website for Bioenergy Australia
Bioenergy Australia has launched a new logo and website. These are to reflect the new approach to promoting bioenergy to the Australian public.

Bioenergy Australia Conference
The recent Bioenergy Australia conference 'Bioenergy  - the reliable renewable' was a great success with speakers and attendees from across the bioenergy sector. A key emphasis was on the opportunities for producing energy from waste. Also of note was the progress being made on the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment Project .
Information on the conference
Top Loader fuel reclaim at Family Fresh Farms
Attendees at the recent Bioenergy Australia event were able to view a Toploader wood fuel storage system at the site tour after the conference. Around 30 people visited Family Fresh Farms where a new 5MW wood chip boiler that is heating a commercial glasshouse has been installed. The fuel is fed from a 2-bay Top Loader fuel store and reclaim system, capable of holding over 800m3 of wood fuel.  Rob Mallinson of Living Energy (the Top Loader supplier) said “I was pleased with how much positive feedback we got.  Everyone could see the simplicity and elegance of the system.”

Waste to ethanol
ARENA is contributing $11.9 million to a project underway in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales to make ethanol from plant-based waste.

ARENA’s commitment to Australian company Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec) will be the agency’s largest ever funding for a biofuels project. The project, which has a total cost of $48 million (including work already completed) is aiming to use organic waste, rather than specially-farmed crops, to produce ethanol.  It will mean that fuel can be derived from waste products in the sugar growing and refining process, such as ‘sugarcane trash’ or bagasse, or from other waste products such as those that arise in the cotton or forestry industries.

A sugary liquid is produced so that it can be fermented and then converted to ethanol. IMAGE: Ethtec.
 Source: ARENA 

Biomass available for fuel in NSW North Coast
The main purpose of this project was to determine the potential availability of forestry residues for bioenergy generation and other applications on the North Coast of NSW, for three main regional "hubs": Bulahdelah, Kempsey and Grafton. The provision of field-based information on residue availability and any potential impacts of extraction support the long-term sustainability of the native forest industry on the NSW north coast. The dramatic reduction in the demand for pulp logs in the region since 2013 has increased wastage and operational challenges (e.g. increased fuel loads); limited forest management options (by reducing thinning opportunities), and reduced profit margins

Forthcoming Events

FREE Technical Webinar - Transporting difficult biomass 
3pm NZST, 12.00pm AEST, 1.00pm AEDT, 10.00am AWST,  13th December 2017.

Peter Beasley of Beasley's will discuss the options for transporting biomass with a particular emphasis on the difficult biomass such as sludge and food waste and other high moisture content biomass.

Peter will discuss the equipment now available and in particular pumps which are ideal for high moisture content biomass.

Registration essential

This is the first of a series of Technical Webinars on equipment available to support the growing bioenergy sector that is being run jointly with Bioenergy Australia.

Australian Waste to Energy Forum
20-22 February 2018, Ballarat
The Forum will focus on a critical element of the waste to energy industry; Building the case…Two endings to this phrase encapsulate the theme: …the case for WtE as a strategy and… the case for a WtE project. Two quite different scenarios but each drawing insights from previous Fora and each providing opportunities for delving into the issues that are so often critical for success.

ForestWood 2018 Conference
Wednesday 21 March 2018,  Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
ForestWood 2018 is the 5th in the conference series, hosted by Woodco -
9th Annual Congress & Expo on Biofuels & Bioenergy
Dubai on April 16-17, 2018


Bioenergy Association Activities

EECA's 2018/19 energy levy consultation
This is the final week to make a submission and provide feedback on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) proposed energy levy-funded activities for the 2018/19 year.
The consultation process will close this Friday 15 December at 5:00pm.
The levies will part-fund activities that meet EECA’s statutory role to ‘encourage, promote, and support energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable sources of energy’.
EECA is consulting on a proposal for $14 million from the following levies in 2018/19:
·         Petroleum or Engine Fuel Monitoring (PEFM) levy: $7.5 million
·         Electricity Industry Levy: $5.2 million
·         Gas Safety, Monitoring and Energy Efficiency (GSMEE) levy: $1.3 million
Please find the link to the 2018/19 levy proposal consultation document here:
If you have points that you would like Bioenergy Association make on your behalf contact or make your own submission directly to 

International Bioenergy News
News items are available from

IEA Technology Roadmap on Bioenergy
The IEA Technology Roadmap on Bioenergy has been published.
Four key action areas are identified to accelerate the deployment of sustainable bioenergy:

Accelerate deployment of proven bioenergy solutions: Many deployment opportunities based on commercial technologies could be widely deployed in the short term, with immediate benefits in the form of CO2 savings, energy security and complementary benefits, given appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks. To accelerate this short-term deployment, an appropriate policy and regulatory environment is a prerequisite to enabling projects to be developed and financed.

Enable the development of new bioenergy technologies: Delivering the longer-term bioenergy deployment levels will require a mix of mature bioenergy technologies and new technologies that are suited to the context and market roles that bioenergy will need to fulfil, especially sustainable and low-carbon biofuels for transport. Good progress has been made recently in developing and demonstrating some of these (e.g. waste and residue HVO, cellulosic ethanol, gasification and syngas conversion, and pyrolysis).

However, supporting these technologies through the commercialisation stage will require specific policies to support their development and deployment including, for example, quotas for advanced bioenergy systems, financial de-risking measures, continued support for RD&D and enhanced international cooperation in innovation.

Mobilise sustainable biomass feedstock supply: Delivering the vision will require a fivefold increase in the supply of bioenergy feedstock (from around 23 EJ now to around 128 EJ by 2060). This will be challenging and will require the mobilisation of a range of biomass and waste resources. It is unlikely that wastes and residues alone can provide sufficient raw material, so other sources, such as from forestry management operations and agriculture, will be required.

Enhance international co-operation on bioenergy: There is good co-operation amongst the main international organisations with an interest in bioenergy. Further international initiatives should build on existing networks, where successful, to avoid duplication and redundancy.

Ireland launches national support scheme for non-domestic Renewable Heat
Ireland is introducing a national Support Scheme for Renewable Heat. The Scheme is to financially support the switch from fossil fuel heating systems to renewables for large heat demand non-domestic users. This covers commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic businesses and sectors outside the emissions trading system (ETS). The scheme replaces a previous scheme which had provided the wrong incentives and had to be discontinued.
 Source: Bioenergy International

Biojet at Malmö Airport, Sweden
Malmö Airport (MMX) is the latest airport in Sweden where an aircraft has been refuelled with a biojet fuel making it the fifth airport in the country.
In 2016, Swedavia Group, the Swedish owner, operator and developer of ten airports across the country purchased biojet fuel corresponding to the total fuel consumption of its employee’s service flights the year previous. It is the first company in the world to carry out such a venture, something it repeated by ordering biofuel for 2017 service flights.

Improved promotion opportunities for Members
Reminder - work with us to promote your business
Using the Association websites to promote member's products and services
The suite of Association websites provides opportunities to improve promotion of members' products and services.
News and advertising of products and services
Members are welcome to provide news for the Bioflash.  The Bioflash is sent to around 900 recipients across the sector each month.

Contact an Expert
Members are listed in a Contact an Expert directory. Each member has an associated profile page where NZ and Australian specific information, case studies, contact details etc are set out. The size of the profile depends on membership levels - Silver and Gold Members get a larger profile.

Members should:
  • check your online company profile - is it up to date and relevant to the Australasian markets?
  • check your online project case studies - do we have them?
  • are the projects you have been involved with listed in the Bioenergy Facilities Directory?
  • is your expertise appropriately described?
Members may now also advertise brands and products through advertising on the website.
  • advertising - the new sites have dedicated advertising space - contact us  for more.

Promotion of products
Members are able to promote products in the equipment catalogues on the relevant website. A number of products listings are free to members according to the level of membership.

Contact to have your profiles updated or replaced.   Also ask us about advertising packages and rates.

The association has set up discussion groups on LinkedIn. These are for members to communicate more widely with the public.  Join the discussion group  

Bioenergy Association welcomes news, advertising and articles from members.
Contact the
 Executive Officer.

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