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Bioenergy Seminar 2018

December 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Registrations are now open for the RDALC Bioenergy Seminar to be held on 6 December at the Mt Gambier City Hall. Click here now to register: . 

An exciting opportunity exists for industry, business and primary producers in the region to transform waste products into energy and reduce business costs. Providing a fantastic mix of presenters, current information, hands on learning and facilitated workshops. This is one not to miss!

Nationally renowned keynote speakers:

The Bioeconomy is an emerging global trend towards taking renewable biological resources and converting them into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. It includes agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and paper production, as well as parts of the biotechnological industry.

Guest Speaker Mark Glover from EcoWaste and Renewed Carbon will present on the economic benefits of regions entering the emerging bioeconomy. Mark will lead a discussion around large scale biomass projects occurring in other regions and what opportunities might look like for our region.

Shahana Mckenzie from Bioenergy Australia will discuss their recent State of the Nation report and provide an outline of the state of play on a country-wide basis. This report provides ranking of the States and Territories regarding their Bioenergy performance. It also looks at the international investment in Bioenergy in Australia.

Learn about local biomass projects and meet those involved:

For several years, businesses across the region have been exploring bioenergy as a solution to their energy costs.  From anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, or gasification of wood residue, local businesses have been engaging with bioenergy technology to solve their energy needs – and save money! One such example is the use of the ECHO2 technology at Holla-Fresh in partnership with Bio Gro and Rainbow Bee Eater. Peter Burgess from Rainbow Bee Eater is a strong advocate for using safe, efficient and clean 21st century technologies for the sustainable production of renewable energy from biomass residues (that are currently burnt or landfilled). Peter will present the use of the ECHO2 technology at Holla-Fresh and the social, economic and environmental gains from this technology. 

Apply the latest information to your situation:

Reducing energy consumption starts with understanding how you use it. By analysing your current energy consumption and site operations, you can identify fluctuating requirements, predict future demands, and recommend relevant and achievable energy solutions. Rachel Brdanovic will give participants the perfect opportunity to work on how you can go about understanding your energy requirements and usage.

Value add from your waste:

Significant amounts of agricultural by products go to waste. Such waste streams, if converted to “value added” products could serve as additional source of revenue while simultaneously having a positive impact on the socio-economic well being of the people. Professor Vincent Bulone will discuss new opportunities in compounds we can derive from agricultural and horticultural waste – that have high value potential.

Get involved in the conversation and future direction of a Biomass Hub for our region:

The idea of a regional Biohub has been discussed at a high level for quite some time across the region. Join our experts to explore what this might look like for the region and the actions needed to get us there.

Are CCA Posts a problem for you? Or do you see the potential? 

How do we find value in our waste?  CCA posts are widely used across the region and are potentially a biomass opportunity.  The solutions to this problem may sit within the region.  Margaret Ledwith from the New Venture Institute will discuss the innovation processes on offer from the New Venture Institute that could help the region collaborate and turn this opportunity into a reality. Are you interested in being part of the solution? Learn more and then register your interest to get involved.

Special Field Trip to Holla Fresh – limited numbers!

On 5 December we will be holding a small field trip to visit Holla-Fresh to see a collaborative project turning waste wood into energy and biochar. This field trip is very limited in numbers so get in quick! To find out more or register for the field trip please contact Cathy directly on (08) 8723 1057.


This event is proudly supported by the Government of South Australia, Department for Energy and Mining. 


December 6, 2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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City Hall – Main Corner (entry via Cave Garden)
Watson Terrace
Mount Gambier, SA 5290 Australia
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