Bioenergy Infrastructure Fund grants

Last updated: 6 September 2021

The Bioenergy Infrastructure Fund is supporting projects that use bioenergy technologies for the recovery and reprocessing of organic waste from commercial, industrial and municipal sources.
Over $700,000 in grant funding is being invested in bioenergy technology. This includes funding equipment, infrastructure and support for technical and feasibility studies.

This grant opened in 2019 and recipients have now been awarded, with projects to be completed by December 2021.

Fund recipients

SMART Recycling

The grant supports the purchase of a biomass boiler in Dandenong South. The boiler will produce thermal energy to run kilns that heat-treat wooden pallets to comply with Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) export requirements. The project will reduce organic waste going to landfill by up to 2,500 tonnes/year and reduce reliance on gas to fire the kilns.

SMART Recycling have shown innovation in the use of biomass boiler technology that will help them diversify and grow its business. The project demonstrates circularity with the reduction of waste timber being disposed at landfill, producing renewable thermal energy instead of consuming mains gas. The project will provide economic growth through more productive use of otherwise wasted, renewable resources.

Funding: $437,000

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Norwood Technologies (Enesys)

Funding will support the development of a business case to establish the viability of a demonstration project for a closed loop commercial precinct located in Melbourne, connecting waste to energy to growing.

Three traditionally separate industries - waste, energy and growing, when combined can share resources, demonstrating circularity in operations. Organic waste will be converted into thermal and electrical energy, and nutrients to sustainably propagate plants in an enclosed high-density growing environment.

Funding: $100,000

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Delorean Group

Funding will support a feasibility study for establishing the viability of a bioenergy plant co-located with Calix Limited, an industrial products facility in Bacchus Marsh.

If the project proves feasible, the facility, which is based on mature anaerobic digestion technology, will use up to 50,000 tonnes per every year of commercial and industrial organic waste, diverting organic waste products from landfill.

Funding: $100,000

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Mount Alexander Bioenergy

Funding will assist with the pre-construction phase of a proposed bioenergy plant planned at Castlemaine. A Business Case has been completed and is used as a basis for site selection and planning. This phase of the project is intended to reach Financial Close with a selected EPC contractor, regulatory approvals and successful community engagement.

Once commissioned, the facility will process over 22,000 tonnes of organic waste through anaerobic digestion and more than 13,000 tonnes of biomass through a thermal energy facility. Much of the waste will be sourced from commercial and industrial operations.

The project will generate renewable energy sold at commercial rates to Don KRC, behind the meter, for the food processing operation of their Castlemaine plant. This facility will provide an alternative waste processing option for Central Victoria, much of which currently is sent to landfill or facilities in Melbourne.

Funding: $100,000

Background information

The Bioenergy Infrastructure Fund is the second round of funding from the Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund which is supporting investment in waste to energy technologies that will assist Victoria in achieving the transition to a low carbon economy by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diverting waste from landfill.

The program supports investment in energy technologies that will assist in meeting Victoria’s emissions target, as well as the Victorian Renewable Energy Target. Increased recovery of waste will also help to reduce our reliance on landfills, one of the key objectives of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.

The objectives of the Bioenergy Infrastructure Fund are to:

  • facilitate the removal of barriers to the development of bioenergy infrastructure
  • divert organic waste from landfill, particularly food waste from commercial and industrial and municipal sources
  • demonstrate distributed and localised bioenergy solutions that can be replicated
  • contribute towards the Victorian Government’s zero net emissions target by 2050 and circular economy goals.

The fund aims to unlock investment in bioenergy infrastructure which achieves greenhouse gas emissions reduction through the recovery of organic waste that is not able to be captured through higher order application of the waste hierarchy.