Norske Skog will increase the capacity of wood pellets production in New Zealand
The Norske Skog group has decided to invest about AUD 7 million to upgrade the Nature’s Flame wood pellets facility in New Zealand to more than double its annual production capacity to 85,000 tonnes. The increased production capacity will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2019. The approval of the 85,000 tonne capacity upgrade is also a building block for potential further expansion of Norske Skog’s pellet operations in New Zealand.
Mr. Eric Luck, Regional President Norske Skog Australasia, comments: “The investment supports Norske Skog Australasia’s ongoing strategy to “Build Our Future from Fibre and Energy”. The additional production capacity is aimed at producing premium industrial grade pellet fuels for both the domestic New Zealand commercial and industrial market, as well as for the rapidly growing Japanese and Korean green energy generation markets.”
More here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/norske-skog-increase-capacity-of-wood-pellets-in-nz
NZ Govt announces $100m green investment fund
The government's $100 million Green Investment Finance fund will concentrate its efforts on decarbonisation investments outside renewable energy, Green Party co-leader James Shaw says.
More here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/govt-announces-commercially-focused-100m-green-investment-fund
Changes to the NZ ETS announced
The Ministry for the Environment has announced changes to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.
More here - www.beehive.govt.nz/release/government-announces-set-improvements-new-zealand%E2%80%99s-emissions-trading-scheme
The Government expects to introduce legislation in late 2019 to implement these changes, following decisions on the second tranche of changes.
Details about the content of the changes are available on the MfE website here
Proposed changes for forestry are on the
MPI website here - www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-and-programmes/forestry/emissions-trading-scheme/
Renewable electricity supply constraints
Article by Azwood Energy, December 2018
While no figures have been put against 100% renewable electricity generation in New Zealand, educated guesses are leaning towards astronomical costs or simple unattainability. While increasing renewable electricity generation is vital for New Zealand’s emissions targets, resourceful, smart decisions need to be made.
Azwood Energy questions why Government would incentivise electrifying large proportions of process heat – putting pressure on the national grid – when a renewable, low-emission and local energy supply can be mapped out 30 years in advance.
More here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/renewable-energy-supply-constraints
Fonterra converts Brightwater boiler to co-fire coal and biomass fuel
Fonterra ahead of schedule on emissions reduction
Auckland, December 2018
Fonterra says its emission reduction efforts are running about a year ahead of schedule. The firm, which has pledged to get its 2030 emissions 30% below those in 2015, and to have net zero emissions by 2050, recently opened a co-fired boiler conversion at its Brightwater plant south of Nelson. The $1.75 million project would reduce the site’s coal use by about 30% and its carbon dioxide emissions by about 2400 tonnes, or the equivalent of 530 cars coming off the road.
More here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/fonterra-ahead-of-schedule-on-emissions-reduction
Fonterra cuts plant's coal use
Article by Nelson Mail, Nelson, November 2018
Fonterra only had to look over the fence in finding a solution to reducing its carbon footprint at its Brightwater milk processing plant. The plant, which produces whole milk powder, has starting burning a blend of coal and wood biomass, using its 32-year-old 7.2-megawatt Maxitherm boiler.
The site's newly converted boiler was officially launched by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. The conversion aims to slash the amount of coal used and cuts carbon emissions at the site by around 2400 tonnes a year roughly the same as taking 530 cars off the road.
"We'll take what we've learnt here and apply it across the country', says Alan van der Nagel, Fonterra director of New Zealand manufacturing.
More here - http://readnow.isentia.com/ArticlePresenter.aspx?GUID=0e554995-fbd5-4b98-8f1c-0edf04418ceb&serID=68423&ArticleID=1039566849&prospectid=1003970861&output=txt
Other Brightwater co-firing news
Azwood Energy talks about converting the plant from coal to biomass fuel and providing fuel from the region's large volumes of harvest residues.
More here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/brightwater-co-firing-news
25 Year deal for Veolia to operate 40MW waste to energy plant in Perth, Australia
A new 40 MW waste to energy plant in Kwinana, near Perth, is to feature Keppel Seghers technology and be operated and maintained by Veolia Australia & New Zealand.
According to Veolia, once complete the facility will process around 400,000 tonnes of waste per year and will generate an estimated 800 jobs during the construction phase, with a further 34 permanent operational positions once commissioned.
More here - https://waste-management-world.com/a/25-year-deal-for-veolia-to-operate-40-mw-waste-to-energy-plant-in-perth-australia
Bioenergy in Australia - State of the Nation
A report on Australia's bioenergy performance, commissioned by Bioenergy Australia and prepared by KPMG, November 2018
Bioenergy presents a considerable opportunity for Australia to embrace. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation estimate a potential investment opportunity of between $3.5 billion and $5 billion in energy from urbane waste, agricultural waste and forest residues. With respect to biofuels, increased use of 10 per cent ethanol-blended petrol (E10) in Australia could create more than 8600 jobs and attract $1.56 billion in investment and generate more than $1.1 billion in additional revenue in regional areas.
Read more here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/bioenergy-state-of-the-nation
Loans for schools, hospitals and councils
Crown loans are a low cost, interest free way to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for publicly funded organisations such as schools, local councils, universities and polytechnics, government departments and hospitals.
The money saved on energy bills pays for the loan within five years, after which it becomes a continuous saving for the organisation. It's a win-win situation.
More here - www.eecabusiness.govt.nz/funding-and-support/crown-loans/
Renew Energy boss briefs councillors on proposed Westport waste to energy plant
The News-Westport, November 2018
Renew Energy has long term contracts signed for 75 percent of the 330,000 tonnes of waste it needs a year for its waste to energy (WtE) plant in Westport, says its chief executive. [Subsequently he has advised that he said that If the 330,000 tonnes the plant planned to process a year was diverted from landfill, the energy from waste plant would generate the equivalent of 60,000 tonnes of CO2 a saving of 300,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent p.a.]
More here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/renew-boss-briefs-councillors
Recent transport biofuel activities
Factoring in the environmental component when starting up projects
IPL at Bioenergy Australia Conference 2018
In October, IPL attended the Bioenergy Conference in Australia. Attendees at the conference noted how to factor in the environmental component when starting up projects. A few interesting facts:
- Currently all LAX flights are flying on a 30:70 blend of synthetic to refined jet fuel
- An expected growth from 2.5% to 25% by 2050 in the use of biotreater type waste to produce electricity for the grid
- E-buses are in high demand to reduce particulate contamination in countries such as London, France and Germany
- Transport fleet such as Scania are modifying their offering to take advantage of Biodiesel, HVO, Ethanol – ED95, Biogas, CNG, Hybrids and Electrics.
More details here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/recent-transport-biofuel-activities
IPL invited to take part in South East Pacific Aviation focus group
John Morris Aviation Conference
As one of the renowned laboratories providing Aviation Fuel testing in the South East Pacific, IPL were invited to take part in this first Aviation focus group, which included specialists from the whole network.
Throughout the conference, it was highlighted how important the role of testing plays in the Aviation Fuel life cycle. Testing establishes whether the Aviation Fuel meets the specifications and if it is fit for purpose, therefore highlighting any potential risks inherent in getting a plant from A to B.
More details here - www.bioenergy.org.nz/news/recent-transport-biofuel-activities