Microalgae Demonstration Site

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For the last year I have been working with the University of Queensland as the Chief Engineer/Designer/Project Manager on a demonstration scale project to produce microalgae for stock food. Did you know that in Australia, livestock farmers import about 600,000 tonnes of soybean meal as a protein source? This project aims to grow algae to […]

Cockatoo

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Anaerobic Digester 11

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Anaerobic Digester 11

Lights, camera and action, its time to turn things on and anaerobically digest wastewater and food scraps to make some methane and some recycled effluent.

Anaerobic Digester 10

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Anaerobic Digester 10

Once the external plumbing and power was all fixed in things were ready to rock and roll.

Anaerobic Digester 9

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Anaerobic Digester 9

This is me on the left gently guiding my ‘baby’ into its final resting place.

Anaerobic Digester 8

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Anaerobic Digester 8

You never realise how emotionally tied into a project you are until you see it hanging from four ‘flimsy’ chains underneath a crane.

Anaerobic Digester 7

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Anaerobic Digester 7

This is the stairway to the roof of the shipping container. The continuous gas hot water system and the mains electrical control box were on the roof.

Anaerobic Digester 6

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Anaerobic Digester  6

The system was very brightly coloured with wires everywhere. Once the insulation was sprayed on the assaul of colours was greatly reduced.

Anaerobic Digester 5

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Anaerobic Digester  5

There was quite a complex system of reticulation to supply influent to the two reactors. I ‘built’ the entire system in 3D in AutoCAD first so as to ensure that I could fit everything into this rather tight space.

Anaerobic Digester 4

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Anaerobic Digester 4

Here Rob Smith, a wonderful electrician from the Nambour (QLD) area is installing the wiring for the 240V supply. If you are in the Sunshine Coast, I highly recommend Rob. You can contact him here. Email robsmithelectrical@bigpond.com

Anaerobic Digester 3

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Anaerobic Digester 3

This is looking into the membrane bioreactor. You can see the membrane cassettes at the bottom of the tank. The aeration was pumped in below the cassettes to provide agitation to scrub them.