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 Green Hydrogen from Waste in a Circular Economy 

Producing low-cost hydrogen with a negative CO2 footprint from minimally prepared waste or biomass

Wednesday 13 April 2022

In this presentation, Marc Bacon, President and COO of OMNI Conversion Technologies will describe a new approach to making green hydrogen today at less than half the cost of electrolysis, all with a low or negative CO2 footprint.

This is done by converting minimally prepared MSW, RDF, biomass, ICI, or C&D waste to a clean syngas tailored to end use, then using proven industrial processes to produce renewable hydrogen from the syngas.  The negative carbon footprint results from avoiding the anaerobic decomposition of waste in landfills.  Electricity consumption is about 1/6 that of electrolysis.

The OMNI process is supported by data from over a decade of demonstration at a commercial scale.  Delivery is de-risked by delivery in 200 tpd integrated shop assembled modular units with sufficient redundancy for high availability.

Development of a Business Case for Government Infrastructure Funding – Strategies and Funding Opportunities

Tuesday 8 March 2022

The States and the Commonwealth Government are currently investing record levels of funding to assist industry bring forward important waste sorting, processing, value-added manufacturing and energy recovery projects. In no time in Australia’s history has there been this level of funding to build the recycling infrastructure Australia needs now and into the future.

To help reach the 80% national recycling target by 2030 and drive progress towards a Circular Economy, all levels of government are dependent on efficient and effective infrastructure investments, largely led by the private sector and local government.

However, funding is limited, competitive and is dependent on applicants preparing a compelling business case that demonstrates a sound understanding of feedstock supply and end markets, waste supply and off-taker agreements, mature technology, a detailed understand of the project’s capital and operating funding requirements, planning and regulatory approvals and appropriate management of risk.

In this webinar, we have invited speakers from the Victorian, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australian and the Commonwealth Government to discuss current and future infrastructure programs, and what is needed to make a compelling business case that will help secure funding.

Emerging technologies are contributing to the energy transition

Tuesday 22 February 2022

Brian Higgins, Director of Advanced Technologies for energy company Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), will discuss B&W’s BrightLoop chemical looping technology, which is a fuel-flexible advanced technology process to produce hydrogen or steam.

BrightLoop also produces a pure stream of CO2 which can be sequestered or utilized without being emitted to the environment. By using a waste or biomass feedstock, the production of hydrogen can be carbon negative.

Additionally, he will introduce B&W’s waste-to-energy technologies that have been installed globally to convert municipal solid waste to electricity. In the facilitated discussion, project financing and methods to monetize these decarbonisation technologies will be discussed, followed by a Q&A session.

Is Composting the Only Option for FOGO?
New Technologies driving economic value

Tuesday 23 November 2021

The recovery of co-collected food and garden organics (FOGO) is becoming a widespread trend across Australia, gaining significant momentum with the public and councils.

To meet this demand, the recycled organics sector and the composting industry have grown exponentially, with organics recycling increasing from 5.15 million tonnes in 2006/07 to almost 7 million tonnes in 2018/19. Despite this shift, by weight, up to halfof the average red bin disposed to landfill is still food and garden organics.

To help drive improvements in recycling rates for municipal and commercial / industrial wastes, recovery of FOGO is considered critical. By 2030, the NSW State Government will implement compulsory FOGO collections by all councils, with other states and territories following suit by rapidly employing various FOGO collection and recycling programs.

As FOGO implementation escalates across the nation, the AIEN sets out to explore opportunities and technologies beyond the well demonstrated options of windrow and in-vessel composting.

BioPlastics: Separating fact and fiction

Tuesday 21 September 2021

Across the country, there is momentum at the local, state and national level to tackle the issue of plastic litter in the environment and to make consumer packaging more recyclable. To achieve the various targets set, bioplastics, or plastics made from natural biodegradable material, will play an important role in society. Question being, how do we manage these materials, so they don’t impact the existing collection systems and infrastructure the country has for conventional plastic recycling? Will bioplastics deliver the environmental benefits that governments are seeking to achieve?