EEI were proud to represent WA innovation at the 2019 Australian National Water Awards held at the Ozwater'19 Gala Dinner on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019 in Melbourne. The SSBC was a finalist in the Research Innovation Award category.
The SSBC is a new approach to gas capture for reactors and lagoons. The global biogas industry market is expected to grow to $48.8 billion by 2026, and there are significant economic and social benefits for Australian industry and the community resulting from the development of the SSBC technology.
Conventional biogas capturing technologies have a number of problems such as limited access to the internal of the reactors, risk of damage to the cover that can cause complete loss of methane produced, and difficulty in retrofitting to open reactors.
The SSBC can capture and retain produced biogas while floating on top of anaerobic lagoons or reactors. The system consists of a number of small floating biogas capturing modules that operate independently. The system also integrates live weighting to stabilise the modules from capsizing or to control internal pressure.
SSBC's modular design negates the need to shut down the entire anaerobic system for maintenance. Desludging and crust removal operations of the anaerobic system itself have been shown to be much more accessible in contrast to the current technologies. The patented SSBC technology presents an opportunity for business to implement biogas energy generation with reduced maintenance costs and better production efficiency using a flexible system that can be retrofitted to current reactors or irregularly shaped lagoons.
EEI would like to congratulate all of the National award winners and finalists, and we look forward to working towards further innovation in 2019 and beyond.