New South Wales–Bathhurst Council has signed an MOU with research and development company ScimTek Hydrogen to commercially demonstrate technology at the Waste Management Centre (WMC) that converts landfill biogas to green hydrogen and energy.
The WMC generates an estimated 3,679m3 of gasses daily which are flared at the site to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and minimise the risk of fire. The flare on the site is ageing and ScimTek’s technology offers an innovative solution to manage the landfill gasses by converting them into renewable energy and fuel.
Mayor Ian North said Council is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is pleased to be able to investigate the application of the technology.
“This initiative will complement Council’s existing green projects to minimize our carbon footprint,” he said.
“Council already has invested in solar panels for our facilities such as the Library/Art Gallery and the Visitor Information Centre and we also have a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on trial in our fleet.”
Hydrogen technologies are safe and will play a key component in reaching net zero emissions. This announcement comes a week after the release of the NSW Hydrogen Strategy with the State Government committing $3 billion in support to the development of green hydrogen in NSW.