Enecon director Colin Stucley gave a presentation on advanced biofuels at the 2013 Residues to Revenues conference in Melbourne this month. The talk highlighted recent progress with technologies and the construction and operation of a number of commercial scale plants overseas, making ethanol and hydrocarbon transport fuels from feeds such as straw, wood and MSW.
Enecon has been engaged to assist with the development of a pilot plant for a confidential client. The client has substantial process expertise but requires assistance with activities such as site development and the specification and selection of equipment.
Enecon has completed a significant bioenergy report titled “Bioenergy in Australia – status and opportunities”. The client is Bioenergy Australia, the country’s national association for bioenergy.
This document is a major update to a report prepared by Enecon in 2004. Totalling 340 pages, it includes more than 20 chapters by Enecon personnel and leading bioenergy experts from Australia and New Zealand. The report is available from the Bioenergy Australia website and may also be downloaded here (PDF file of 9.3 MB)
Organic Rankine Cycle units may be used to generate power from waste heat and also from dedicated heat plants. Size, efficiency and cogeneration options vary from project to project. Enecon is working on two separate feasibility studies to optimise ORC units for new and existing sites.
This month marks the establishment of Bioenergy Australia as an independent not-for-profit organisation that provides a forum for more than 80 groups interested in bioenergy in Australia. Initially set up through the Australian Government’s Rural Industries R&D Corporation, Bioenergy Australia has moved to independent status over the past year, in close consultation with its members in government, industry and academia.
Enecon director Colin Stucley was a member of Bioenergy Australia’s management committee while the organisation was affiliated with RIRDC and is now a founding board member of the new entity.
February 2012 - Compliance review
Enecon has commenced a design review for a novel boiler. The unit is being built by a European company that specialises in combustion of particular waste materials and Enecon has been engaged to ensure that all design complies with relevant Australian standards, emission requirements and so on. In parallel with this work Enecon is assisting the boiler’s purchaser with approvals and other activities.
September 2011 - Five year milestone with client
This month marks the fifth anniversary of Enecon commencing work with a major Australian recycling company. Over the past five years Enecon has completed multiple assignments for this company, ranging from hazard studies through to multi-million dollar plant upgrades. Throughout this period Enecon has sought to provide services that complement the client’s own personnel and expertise.
Enecon has commenced a bioenergy study for a large organisation that wishes to use renewable energy generation at its operating sites to reduce its carbon emissions. The study builds on initial activities by the client and is broadly directed at assessing the opportunity for a biomass gasifier of approximately 1 MW electrical output.
November 2010 - Technology scale-up
Enecon has assisted a confidential client with the development of an innovative new technology with application in the metallurgical industry. Our work included the appraisal, automation and scale-up of an existing pilot plant so that it may be utilised in the design and development of a larger, semi-commercial plant. We worked with the client’s own personnel and also selected and managed specialist sub-consultants.
July 2010 - Assisting with optimal plant operation
Many process plants are a combination of designs, functions and equipment that have been built over a period of years or even decades. Getting the best out of these plants requires a well-managed work environment, comprehensive procedures that are easy to use, and regular reviews of equipment and processes for safety and operability. Enecon is pleased to be assisting one of its clients with a variety of site reviews and updates to ensure that the client’s multi-purpose site is operating efficiently and safely.
This newly released report by Enecon principal Colin Stucley, provides a factual overview of Australia’s bioenergy industry to assist in the development of the National Bioenergy RD&E Strategy. This strategy aims to improve coordination of RD&E across Australia and involves all stakeholders with an interest in bioenergy RD&E including industry, research organisations and funding bodies. The report is available here as a 903KB download.
January 2010 - Bioenergy assignments
Enecon has a variety of bioenergy assignments underway for clients in industry and government at present. Work includes:
- Overviews of bioenergy for two federal government departments.
- A biofuels study for a major industry client.
- Feasibility work to examine technology selection and costing for a plant to generate several megawatts of renewable electricity from wood waste. This is one of several such studies undertaken by Enecon over the past twelve months for clients across Australia and also in the Pacific.
October 2009 - Water quality skid
Enecon has designed and built a water quality monitoring skid for one of its clients. The skid is used for water monitoring activities across a site and is designed to be capable of relocation and remote operation as required. Enecon’s role included on-site commissioning and operator training as well as full documentation for the client.
April 2009 - Project management skills utilised
Enecon has taken on an interesting assignment - to assist a client with the close-out of a multi-million dollar project that had gone over budget and time. Enecon provided a senior manager to review the work and claims by the various parties, including the previous project manager, designers and construction contractor.
December 2008 - Bioenergy work
Jim Bland, Enecon's Technical Director was invited to deliver a paper on charcoal production from biomass feedstock at the annual Bioenergy Conference in Melbourne.
Jim has spent significant time interstate over recent months, conducting operating trials for a client considering new charcoal technology.
November 2008 - International support for client
Senior Mechanical Engineer Steve Kennett travelled to Europe to support the activities of one of our Australian clients. Steve's work involved specialised design and fabrication management, followed by on-site commissioning in a chemical processing environment.
August 2008 - Minerals processing assignments
Enecon was engaged on a fast track materials handling project for BHP Billiton at GEMCO on Groote Eylandt in mid 2008. Subsequently our role within their minerals processing operation has expanded and we now have a team on the island providing engineering and construction management, project engineering and design drafting services on a FIFO basis. The site personnel are supported by design engineers and drafting personnel in Enecon's Melbourne office. We are pleased to be providing a flexible and pro-active service to GEMCO.
Enecon Director Colin Stucley was a presenter at the first national conference for the Oil Mallee industry, held in Perth in March 2008.
Enecon is also working forestry consultants URS to prepare an Industry Development Plan for the Oil Mallee industry. This plan should be available publicly through the OMC in the third quarter of 2008.
The winning team with their awards
Friday, 21st September: Enecon and Verve Energy were winners at the 2007 Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Awards in Perth today. Enecon and Verve took out the awards for Best Environmental Project and also Best Project for Rural Communities. This is wonderful recognition of the innovation and hard work that has gone into the Integrated Wood Processing plant at the country town of Narrogin, WA over the past few years.
Tuesday, 8th August: Colin Stucley of Enecon was a key speaker at a public forum to discuss bioenergy in the Avon catchment of Western Australia. The forum in York, WA included the WA Minister for Energy, the Hon. Francis Logan, as well as several other speakers experienced in bioenergy and tree cropping. Mr Stucley's presentation is available here (1.4MB PDF).Enecon has recently completed a study of near term bioenergy options that could promote larger scale tree planting in the Avon. The report Bioenergy in the Avon, can be downloaded as a 1MB PDF.
Enecon gratefully acknowledges the efforts of Avongro Wheatbelt Tree Cropping and funding by the WA Sustainable Energy Development Office for this work.
The integrated tree processing (ITP) project has moved into a new phase with Verve Energy (owners of Western Carbon Pty Ltd) calling for expressions of interest from private industry to assist with development of the next processing plant. Verve has prepared a detailed information memorandum that discusses work to date and plans for the future. This memorandum will be made available to organisations interested in and capable of collaboration on this exciting next phase for ITP. Please see here for more details.
Enecon have relocated to new, larger offices in Surrey Hills, Victoria. For details, click here (PDF 34k).