PENANG is looking for a 6ha site to carry out a food waste-to-biogas energy facility following a successful six-month trial run.
State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the plant could be built on either the mainland or island.
“We have succeeded in our pilot project to generate energy from food waste.
“I’ll work closely with the Penang Island City Council and other authorities to bring the project to greater heights.
“We want to be the main players in this field in Malaysia, ” he said during a press conference at the station.
Jagdeep was speaking before handing over the Asean Clean Tourist City Standard award to Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.
In June, it was reported that a six-month trial would be carried out on converting food waste to renewable energy through the first biogas pilot plant at the Batu Maung Solid Waste Transfer Station.
Jagdeep said the total waste generated in Penang was about 1,250 tonnes per day with the island generating about 700 tonnes of the total.
“During the pilot test, a study was conducted using about 60kg to 70kg of food waste to produce energy.
“Now that the test is successful, we need to convert 150 tonnes of food waste a day for the project to become feasible.
“We can generate up to 2.7 mega watt (MW) of energy.
“This will certainly relieve the council’s burden in managing solid waste.
“The initiative is also very green as converting waste into energy has been our core objective all this while, ” he said.
Jagdeep also said Penang recorded a 44% recycling rate last year which surpassed the national percentage of 24%.
“The recycling rate on both the island and mainland has been increasing consistently every year since 2005, ” he said.
Also present at the press conference were council secretary Datuk Addnan Mohd Razali and several city councillors.
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