Widely used technology routinely ignored in New Zealand claims process engineer.
European technology that converts milk and meat processing plant effluent into self- contained waste consuming and energy generating plants is now available in New Zealand.
Napier industrialist Ken Evans said the technology allowed milk and meat processing plants to become their own standalone waste treatment units with the added advantage of these plants using the waste so consumed as their own source of energy.
As an example he cited large scale milking centres in Europe that were self sufficient in power simply because all the waste they generated was converted into electricity.
He said that the era in which factories could discharge their waste in any volume or in any proportion into the public domain should have ended many years ago. It was now time to apply a readily available solution, and one widely used internationally, he said.
The problem he said was that there had not been the concerted nationwide will to do something about process waste finding its way into the water system.
This he said was itself a by-product of uncertainty about the ability of technology to cope with the problem.
“You look at the situation today in which vehicles that drive themselves are now on the roads. Yet we still have copious amounts of concentrated waste matter allowed to penetrate the nation’s water system.”
He said that waste-to-energy plant technology in primary processing had been allowed to be placed in the “too hard” basket.
He said that the conservation lobby had allowed itself to become over-focused on international issues at the expense of seeking solutions to problems in what he described as the nation’s “back yard.”
He said that he would now ensure that milk and meat processors in New Zealand were acquainted with this waste-to-energy solution that was so widely used in Europe. His objective he said was to make New Zealand’s processing plants their own waste consumers, and thus their own energy suppliers.
It was he said a relatively low cost solution, and one with its own pay-back. This proven technology was now readily available in New Zealand backed by his specialists with the experience to install it.
From the MSCNewsWire reporters' desk - Monday 5 September 2016