How Australian Earth helps businesses succeed

Australian Earth Director Scott Lidster explains the secrets to a successful waste operation through tailored machine application and operator training.

Did you know fuel burn and machine downtime are the top two costs to your landfill operations? Would you like to reduce your operating and owning costs and improve your productivity?

Australian Earth is a niche operator training business active in the mining, construction, quarry and waste handling industries. It offers comprehensive operator training packages, from entry level to advanced operator training (Level 1, 2 and 3).

Our aim is to collaborate with our customers to help unlock productivity and efficiency opportunities through engaging their operators in industry recognised best practice operating techniques and applying machine technology safely.

We believe that the secret to an operations success is having a sustainable approach to how their machines are being utilised. We help by change the culture by the way of educating your operators that they can have a direct, positive effect to operating costs, machine uptime and execution.

Additional value that Australian Earth provides is: an increase in machine mean time between failure occurrences, improved machine availability and a reduction of variation in operator performance. All will help our customers lower their owning and operating costs.

Australian Earths services include:

— New machine familiarisation training at delivery. These include daily inspection requirements, cabin and control family and safe operation.

— New to industry operator trainees (Level 1)

— Training of operators at customer request (Level 2). Expected result is the training of participants in structured learning experiences and compliance to site standards and OEM recommendations.

— Application Training for operators (Level 3). Train customer operators in how to maximise machine performance to suit their application.

— Development of content for competency-based training programs.

— Demonstration of equipment to assist with sales process as requested.

— Conduct site supervisor training. The aim of this training is for supervisors to gain a base level understanding of a machine capabilities and what to look for in operator performance.

— Conduct “train the trainer” training.

— Demonstrated ability to conduct face-to-face training for small groups or one on one.

Biojet fuel company Fulcrum plans to open a waste to energy facility in the US that will convert municipal waste into a low carbon, renewable jet fuel.

BP licenses new waste to energy technology for biojet fuel

Biojet fuel company Fulcrum plans to open a waste to energy facility in the US that will convert municipal waste into a low carbon, renewable jet fuel.

The facility will use research developed by oil and gas company BP and chemical company Johnson Matthey (JM), which convert synthesis gas generated from municipal solid waste into long-chain hydrocarbon molecules that make up diesel and jet fuels.

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Fulcrum has secured the license to the technology and expects to convert 159,000 tonnes of municipal waste into 41.6 million litres of fuel each year, the equivalent of more than 180 return flights between London and New York.

BP’s head of group research Angelo Amorelli said BP first became interested in the technology, called Fischer-Tropsch (FT), in the 1980s while looking to turn gas into liquid fuel.

“The breakthrough came five or so years ago, when we started to explore the potential for our FT process to turn biomass into fuels,” Mr Amorelli said.

He explains that JM redesigned the reactors which looked like baked beans cans filled with the catalyst, creating ‘cans tech’.

”BP then changed the recipe for the catalyst and, by combining that with the’ baked beans’ reactors, we trebled the productivity and halved the cost of building the technology compared to traditional FT reactors,” he said.

Image Credit: BP

Australian company will convert China’s waste plastic to fuel

Australian company, Integrated Green Energy Solutions (IGES), has announced a joint venture agreement with the Chinese Crown World Holdings (CWH) to expand its plastic-to-fuel production operations in China.

The agreement targets construction of a waste plastic-to-fuel facility in Weifang in Shandon Province of China. The facility will have an initial production capacity of 200 tonnes per day, producing 70 million litres of road-ready fuels per annum.

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The proposed site has existing infrastructure and sufficient space to expand the facility to over 600 tonnes per day as the joint venture ramps up supply and offtake activities.

The first project will be jointly funded by both parties, with IGES contributing US$12.75 million (AU$16.41 million) and CWH contributing US$12.25 million (AU$15.77 million).

Crown World Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Beautiful China Holdings (BCH), committed to becoming the leading eco-environmental protection operation and service provider in China.

In 2017, the Chinese government notified the World Trade Organisation it intended to ban the import of all scrap plastics and unsorted paper by the end of 2017 as part of a broad clean-up effort against “foreign garbage.”

As of January 2018, China enforced this policy. The move has hit Europe’s recycling industry hard, as 87 per cent of Europe’s waste ended up in China.

As China has committed to cleaning up the plastic problem that has led them to ban foreign plastics, IGES is using the opportunity to help the country convert the waste plastics into road-ready diesel fuel, using its patented pyrolysis technology.

IGES’s patented plastic-to-fuel process enables the company to reduce the environmental impacts of waste plastic, that would otherwise be used in landfills or discarded into the environment.

Earlier in January, IGES had announced the purchase of an Amsterdam-based entity with a fully approved and sanctioned Environmental Approval Permit, enabling IGES to produce road-ready diesel that meets European Standard EN590 and gasoline by December 2018.