Rodney Times : December 2nd 2010
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(09) 412 5371 Mangawhai Display Home: 24 Insley St. (09) 423 1020 Snells Beach Offce: 8 Riverleigh Dr. (09) 425 6175 GJ-HAL-107-RN1110-RT MANGAWHAI House & Land Packages from $299,000* WELLSFORD House & Land Packages from $366,000* Biogas fuels first truck Auckland mayor Len Brown is making good on a promise to keep in contact with the Rodney-Hibiscus Coast area. He brought his Mayor in the Chair session to Helensville then turned the key on a biofuel project at Redvale. By DELWYN DICKEY THE first truck fuelled by landfill gas in New Zealand was switched on by Auckland mayor Len Brown at Dairy Flat last Thursday. His lack of a heavy vehicle licence meant that although he had the official honour of turning the key he had to sit in the passenger seat while a Redvale Landfill driver took the truck for a spin. It had been converted to run on biogas processed from naturally occurring gas from the landfill. The Redvale proj- ect could see 54 million litres of diesel equivalent fuel annually coming out of the Transpacific owned landfill. With a million litres of fuel a year needed to run the Redvale trucks, there is more than enough to power Tran- spacific s entire national truck fleet. This is the type of inno- vation that is going to drive our city, Mr Brown says. We need to find alterna- tive energy and are desper- ately keen to develop alterna- tive energy for vehicles in particular, he says. Council environment and sustainability forum chair- man Wayne Walker agrees: There is the potential here to run our entire council fleet on this biogas, he says. The company, which is able to capture around 90 percent of the gas the landfill gives off, has been using it to make electricity on site. There is enough gas coming off landfills around the country each year to power three large towns the size of Nelson, EECA busi- ness renewables manager Shaun Bowler says. NIWA research engineer Stephan Huebeck looked at the operation after two other sites had proved unsuitable to set up a working business model for biogas. It would be more cost effec- tive to convert the gas into a transport fuel to replace diesel rather than for elec- tricity, and more environ- mentally friendly because around 70 percent of New Zealand s electricity comes from renewable sources any- way, he says. Landfills are a big source of methane, one of the most damaging greenhouse gases. As rubbish breaks down with- out oxygen, it produces a biogas comprising around 60 percent methane, 30 percent carbon dioxide and others including hydrogen sulfide -- which gives it a rotten egg smell. This is the same pro- cess that occurs when making compost that gets too wet. The hydrogen sulfide, cor- rosive in engines, and carbon dioxide is removed in processing through equip- ment supplied by project partner New Zealand Greenlane Biogas. They are part of Flotech Group, an international leader in upgrading biogas for use with natural gas and as a trans- port biofuel. The engine needs to be converted to a dual fuel sys- tem so the vehicle can run on diesel if necessary. Dieselgas International converted the truck. With costs of around $20,000 per truck, that cost is recuperated in around eight months, managing director Harvey Reid says. Because of the high cost of the processing equipment the process needs to be on a large scale to make financial sense, Mr Huebeck says. There are possibilities with agriculture, including large scale dairy farming operations to deal with manure, and in the food and beverage industries or with pulp and paper waste. IN BRIEF Charged Two Warkworth youths face charges after batteries were taken from Wharehine trucks parked at a Matakana depot on Monday night. Bankrupt Patrick Fontein lost his fight against bankruptcy last week, nearly $94 million in debt. He was bankrupted at the High Court in Auckland following an application from the BNZ which was owed $28 million. Mr Fontein is sole director and guarantor of the Kensington group of companies -- two of which are in receivership, and the sole director of Huka Falls -- also in receivership and liquidation. The Orewa Kensington Park housing project was bought by John Sax's Southpark company last year, with development continuing. Pike River mine Donations to the Pike River Miners' Relief Trust Fund are being accepted by a number of organisations, including Countdown, Woolworths and Foodtown supermarkets. Customers can donate at checkouts or by adding an amount to their grocery bill until December 19. Donations can be made by direct credit to Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Trust Account -- for Pike River Miner's Relief Fund National Bank of New Zealand, Featherston St, Wellington, New Zealand, Account Number 06-0501-0121759-02, or by posting to Pike River Miners' Relief Fund, PO Box 2793, Wellington. An Auckland service open to all is at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, 446 Parnell Rd, Parnell, tomorrow from 7pm. Jandal fundraiser More than 1000 jandal-clad lifeguards hit the streets fundraising for National Jandal Day tomorrow, encouraging Kiwis to wear their jandals as surf life saving celebrates 100 years of saving lives. People are encouraged to wear jandals while going about their business and provide a donation to the organisation. In the hot seat Question time: Helensville Women and Family Centre co- manager Mihi Shaw settles in a chair for a chat with Auckland mayor Len Brown. Auckland mayor Len Brown was in Helensville last week and pulled up a chair for a chat session. Mr Brown set up camp at the Helensville library fore- court. The visit is part of Mr Brown s Mayor in the Chair series -- a regular event allowing people to meet the mayor for a question and answer session. Questions included the state of local footpaths, a lack of cycle paths, Parakai hot springs development, the controversial Higham Rd paper road access to the Kaipara Harbour, and the future of the old Helensville dairy factory. Council officers will brief the mayor on the issues raised.
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