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Poo Power! at Bioenergy Australia

Posted Wednesday 25th July 2012, 11:47am
Poo Power! at Bioenergy Australia

Poo Power! is proud to announce that Duncan Chew will be a speaker at the forthcoming 2012 Bioenergy Australia Conference which will be held on 26-27 November at the Sebel & Citigate Albert Park hotel in Melbourne, Victoria.

Duncan Chew will be presenting his project that seeks use discarded dog waste from urban parks as a local renewable energy source - biogas.  Mr Chew's session is entitled "Poo Power! The communication and engagement of biogas science and technology with the general public" and has drafted the following abstract:

There is over 1350 tonnes of dog waste to be disposed of every day in Australia - nearly half a million tonnes per year. Using this un-tapped resource, Poo Power! plans to engage the general public in its science through utilising an anaerobic digester to process dog waste into biogas that can serve as a local renewable energy source.

This small but important amount of biogas will be used in an urban park in an interactive public installation as a community meeting place for use by dog owners and other citizens. Funded by Inspiring Australia's 'Unlocking Australia's Potential' program, Poo Power! is a Public Engagement with Science (PES) and Informal Science Education (ISE) project expected to launch in Summer 2012/13.

This non-technical session lead by Melbourne’s Duncan Chew will explain anthrozoology principles as his leverage point in raising public awareness of biogas in modern society.

Bioenergy Australia was established in 1997 as a government-industry forum to foster and facilitate the development of biomass for energy, liquid fuels, and other value added bio-based products. Bioenergy Australia is concerned with all aspects of biomass and bioenergy, from production through to utilisation, and its work embraces technical, commercial, economic, societal, environmental, policy and market issues.  For more information about Bioenergy Australia and their conference visit: www.bioenergyaustralia.org

Stationary bioenergy is renewable energy such as electricity and thermal energy made from organic matter.  The Australian Bioenergy Roadmap was created by the bioenergy industry as a first step to ensuring that bioenergy becomes a significant contributor to Australia's future stationary energy supply while reducing Australia's carbon pollution.  You can download a copy of the full report here.

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