June 12 (Renewables Now) - The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) on Tuesday said it is providing AUD 2 million (USD 1.5m/EUR 1.3m) to help Australian oilseed crushing, refining and packaging company MSM Milling Pty Ltd to switch to bioenergy.
The AUD-5.38-million project will see the company install a 4.88-MW biomass-fired boiler at its facility in Manildra, New South Wales to replace liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-fired boilers.
The biomass boiler will generate steam for the canola processing operation using locally sourced wood chips, such as forestry thinnings, offcuts and sawmill by-products, as fuel.
ARENA chief executive Ivor Frischknecht noted that bioenergy currently accounts for only around 0.9% of Australia's energy mix.
"We hope MSM Milling’s innovation will lead to more industries turning to biomass in a move which could increase renewable energy generation in NSW and Australia and create alternative value streams for wood materials currently considered as waste," he said.
MSM Milling has partnered with Justsen, Uniquip Engineering and Ndevr Environmental on the project.
(AUD 1 = USD 0.761/EUR 0.646)