Our safe and sustainable cogeneration production currently contributes about 3 percent of the Australian target for renewable energy. We own and operate seven cogeneration plants, including the two largest cogeneration centres in the Australian sugar industry. Both are located in the Burdekin region – one at the Pioneer Mill site and the other at Invicta Mill. Using cane fibre waste (bagasse), our Pioneer plant can produce 68 megawatts of power and our Invicta site can generate 49 megawatts.
Within a year of its construction in 2005, our Pioneer Mill became the third-largest renewable-energy-producing power station in Australia. The electricity exported from Pioneer's cogeneration plant offsets about 220,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. That’s the annual equivalent of taking 48,000 cars off the road.
Sucrogen is one of Australia’s largest renewable energy generators from biomass. Our 'cogeneration-capable' mills can export surplus energy into the regional grid. We produce more than 515 GWh of green energy per year – enough to meet the power needs of more than 47,000 homes.
A total of about 125,000 tonnes of surplus bagasse was stockpiled at Pioneer Mill for cogeneration, after the 2009 crushing season.
The bagasse is stored in a compacted form and covered with tarpaulins to protect it from the weather and to eliminate any environmental impacts. Three local sub-contracting companies, employing up to 30 people, are responsible for the transportation, stockpiling and covering of the bagasse.
Sucrogen is recognised as leading the way in the large-scale storage of bio-mass across Australia.
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