On 10 June, the REnescience mobile unit arrived at the Kualiti Alam Waste Management Centre in Malaysia. And the unit and the accompanying REnescience team have been busy testing how much biogas the technology can extract from the Malaysian household waste.
Hanne Risbjerg Sørensen, Head of Technology in New Bio Solutions, said: "We've been carrying out six tests in June. We have tested one tonne of waste at a time, which we received from different areas south of Kuala Lumpur."
New waste every other day
Together with employees from Cenviro, one of Malaysia's largest companies within waste management, five employees from DONG Energy have been testing the REnescience technology's potential in a Malaysian context.
"To be able to extract a representative sample for our mobile test facility, we received a truck with five to six tonnes of waste every other day, of which around one tonne was fed into the plant. In addition, we sorted approx. 700kg of waste to examine the composition of the household waste typically found in the area," said Risbjerg Sørensen.
Over the past year, DONG Energy has designed, built and tested the REnescience mobile unit which we send out into the world to test waste and identify potential export opportunities. First stop was Malaysia, where the unit was operating in June.
The construction of the first full-scale REnescience plant is well underway near Manchester in the UK. The plant, which will be able to handle 120,000 tonnes of waste a year, is expected to be operational at the beginning of 2017.