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Danish technology to alleviate Malaysian waste problems

DONG Energy has signed an agreement with Cenviro to test its REnescience technology in Malaysia.

Denmark-based energy major DONG Energy has announced it has signed an agreement with Cenviro, one of Malaysia’s largest players within waste management, to test its REnescience technology in Malaysia. The waste treatment technology uses enzymes to convert food waste and other organic household waste constituents into biogas. Today, the majority of Malaysian waste ends up in landfills sites with none of the resources utilised. At the same time, waste volumes are increasing – in Malaysia and worldwide. According to the World Bank, waste volumes worldwide will have increased by 70 percent by 2025 compared to 2012 implying a need to find new solutions to handle the waste.

As the content of waste differs considerable from country to country, DONG Energy is now shipping a mobile version of a REnescience plant to Malaysia. The mobile plant is to test the potential of the technology in a Malaysian context. DONG Energy is planning to send the mobile plant to other Asian countries to test whether there is an export market for it.

– Malaysia is a very interesting market for our technology, as there’s a growing need for exploiting the resources in the increasing waste volumes. A REnescience plant can produce large quantities of biogas from the very wet Malaysian household waste, said Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President DONG Energy.

The company is currently in the process of constructing its first full-scale REnescience plant near Manchester in the UK. Scheduled for completion at the start of 2017, it will be capable of handling 120 000 tonnes of waste per annum.

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