Red bins find their super power
Australia’s first large-scale energy-from-waste project – a 36MW plant at Kwinana in Western Australia – is expected to power up to 50,000 homes using household waste. When built, the $700 million Avertas Energy project will be able to process around 400,000 tonnes of domestic “red bin” and commercial and industrial residual waste per year. By processing household waste from local councils, it will produce cost-competitive baseload renewable energy. It is also expected to reduce CO2-e emissions by more than 400,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking 85,000 cars off the road. The CEFC has committed up to $90 million in the innovative project.