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Austral Bricks: From household waste to granny flat - Providing alternative fuels from waste


In late 2012, Veolia, in collaboration with Austral Bricks, created a waste to energy solution that has provided a new fuel source for its brick manufacturing facility in New South Wales.

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THE CHALLENGE

In Australia the brick industry is worth $2.8 billion to the economy and creates employment for 30,000 people nationwide in the manufacturing and installation of its product.

 

THE SOLUTION

In late 2012, Veolia in collaboration with Austral Bricks, set about an exciting new resource recovery project that has provided a new fuel source for brick manufacturers across Australia.

In Horsley Park, New South Wales, both Veolia and Austral Bricks have adjoining facilities: a landfill, and a brick production facility respectively.

The methane, which is produced when waste decomposes, has been used as an alternative energy source at various Veolia facilities for many years, although never had Veolia become so involved in the end-product.

The gas is captured and combusted, then transferred via specially designed pipes next door to Austral, which in turn, uses the gas to fire up the kiln to make bricks.

 

THE RESULT

The gas produced by dry-waste or the waste which is collected from construction sites and businesses right across Sydney, is now being turned into a relatively cheap and very reliable new source of energy.

The partnership was the recipient of the Australian Business Award for Innovation.