Wastes to Profits Newsletter – Dec 2019

 


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Newsletter – December 2019

A year in review – Wastes to Profits

Wastes to Profits is a four year project from 2018 to 2021 aiming to deliver advanced technologies to convert wastes from livestock production and municipal water treatment into fertilisers, feeds, chemicals, and energy products for use in agriculture. Reducing waste and redirecting material towards recycling, beneficial re-use or new value-add by-product streams, ultimately improving industry sustainability.

Since becoming operational in November 2018, the first year focused on establishing strong relationships and data to inform the establishment of pilot scale trials on partner sites in the next 12 months. Key project highlights include:

  • Development of the “Path to Impact Analysis” factsheets for each technology in Wastes to Profits. These factsheets will be living documents that identify the key Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental forces impacting on the implementation of project technologies
  • The project is supporting full-scale validation of Anaerobic codigestion technologies with project partners, and case studies of waste aggregation opportunities are in development
  • Larger scale demonstration and pilot trials are underway, producing protein in preparation for animal feeding trials in 2020
  • The first glasshouse and field trials of organomineral fertiliser products are completed and detailed analysis is now underway to determine nitrogen efficiency, fertilizer replacement value and potential residual effects
  • RedMeat2019 in Tamworth was a great opportunity for Wastes to Profits to display some of the potential value-add products pictured below, and we will be excited to see RedMeat2020 in Toowoomba QLD next year!

We welcome your interest, involvement and feedback throughout this 4 year project from 2018 to 2021. Please make sure to visit the website, sign up to the newsletter and encourage your colleagues to do the same. If you need more information or want to become actively involved in the project, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Picture: Wastes to Profits product display at RedMeat2019 as part of the MLA Sustainability stand.

 

RedMeat 2019
Sustainability forum:

The importance of demonstrating sustainability. Presented by: Sarah Hyland, Manager – Sustainability Communications, Meat & Livestock Australia Presented at Red Meat 2019 conference, Tamworth NSW.

Engagement and Collaboration

In this section we highlight specific events, engagement and collaboration activities of the Wastes to Profits team. If there are specific meetings, events or sites that you would like to see the team present or attend – please contact us.

Waste to Profits Meet & Greet – October

Our October 2019 Meet and Greet was held at University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba Campus. Over 38 attendees from the projects researchers and industry partners, including a site tour and presentations on market opportunities for products, waste characterisation database and potential animal feeding trials.

RedMeat2019, Tamworth

In November, Wastes to Profits team members attended RedMeat2019 held in Tamworth. Red Meat is a flagship event for Australia’s red meat industry. It was the perfect opportunity to network directly with producers and display the value-add by-products being developed in the Wastes to Profits project. Watch here.

Bioenergy Strong 2019, Brisbane

Bioenergy Australia partnered with Life Sciences Queensland to deliver Bio Innovation Week in November 2019. Wastes to Profits project exhibited and engaged with Bioenergy leaders in Australia and Globally. We also had two posters on co-digestion opportunities for waste aggregation and organomineral fertlisers.

Collaboration across the Country

Effective collaboration with all industry partners is vital to the success of the Wastes to Profits project. We endeavour to have regular site visits to meet with partners, in November 2019 Prof Bernadette McCabe, Dr Stephan Tait and Dr Peter Harris from the University of Southern Queensland travelled down to Victoria.

TropAg 2019, Brisbane

Wastes to Profits project team attended and presented at TropAg2019 in Brisbane. John McGuren from Meat & Livestock Australia presented an overview of the Wastes to Profits project and Associate Professor Paul Jensen from University of Queensland presented on wastes-to-protein for animal feed.

First Grants Announced – Queensland Wastes to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund) 

Prof Bernadette McCabe from University of Southern Queensland was awarded one of six new grants as part of the Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund providing $5 million to help Queensland companies find innovative ways to convert waste into bio-based products. University of Southern Queensland is aiming to produce machinery that will enable efficient production of granulated fertilisers from organic wastes, read more here. The Wastes to Profits project will benefit from the investment enabling efficient production of organomineral fertilisers at pilot scale for the remaining glasshouse and field trials.

The six bio projects collectively valued at more than $22 million were announced by Queensland Minister for State Development Cameron Dick at the Bioenergy Strong Conference. Read the Queensland Government Media Statement here.

Upcoming Events

Each newsletter we will feature upcoming events that are relevant to the project. If there are events that you would like to see the team present or attend – please contact us.

AMPC Industry Forum
18th Feb 2020, Wagga Wagga

AgriFutures evokeAG 2020
18th – 19th Feb 2020, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Wastes to Profits Annual Workshop 2020 (Project Partners only)
20th Feb 2020, Brisbane, QLD

Australian Waste to Energy Forum
18th – 20th Feb 2020, Mecure Ballarat, VIC

2020 AWA and IWA Young Water Professionals Conference
12th – 13th Mar 2020, The Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane, QLD

Save the Date – Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries
31st Mar – 1st Apr 2020

2020 National Sustainability Conference
27th – 28th April 2020, The Callie Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Ozwater 2020
5th – 7th May 2020, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA

The Wastes to Profits Project Overview

The Wastes to Profits project aims to capture a potential market opportunity for the livestock sector in excess of AUD$100 million per year by converting wastes into valuable products.

The Wastes to Profits project brings together stakeholders from across Australia’s animal industries with technology, research and development providers. The project delivers advanced technologies to convert wastes from livestock production and municipal water treatment into fertilisers, feeds, chemicals, and energy products for use in agriculture. The overall aim of the project is to improve productivity and enhance profitability for primary producers.

The project focuses on the following 4 areas;

  • Area 1: Assessing waste streams from the livestock sector, developing business models and pathways to adoption to promote commercial application of project outcomes;
  • Area 2: Developing technologies for improved management of wastes with a key focus on anaerobic digestion as a platform for energy production from waste;
  • Area 3: Developing technologies for the production of nutritionally-advanced feeds; and
  • Area 4: Developing technologies for production of fertilisers, chemicals, plastics, and energy products.

We welcome your interest, involvement and feedback throughout this 4 year project from 2018 to 2021. Please make sure to visit the website, sign up to the newsletter and encourage your colleagues to do the same. If you need more information or want to become actively involved in the project, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Key Contacts

Chair, Wastes to Profits Steering Committee
Doug McNicholl
Relationship Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)
e: dmcnicholl@mla.com.au
p: 0439 275 794

Chief Investigator, Wastes to Profits
Prof Ian O’Hara
Principal Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
e: i.ohara@qut.edu.au
p: (07) 3138 1551

Project Manager, Wastes to Profits
Lisa van den Berg
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
e: lisa.vandenberg@qut.edu.au 
p: 07 3138 1415

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Acknowledgment

This project is supported by Meat and Livestock Australia through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program and the partners.