On 24 October 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Taiwan’s first food waste bioenergy plant in Taichung’s Waipu Green Energy Ecopark. EPA Minister Ying-Yuan Lee and the mayor of Taichung City, Chia-Lung Lin, participated in the ceremony. It is expected that the project will be completed and pilot operations will be started by August 2018. The plant will use methane produced from food waste to generate electricity and manufacture organic fertilizer, thus not only putting the concept of a circular economy into practice, but also leading Taiwan’s food waste utilization into a new era.
Minister Lee stated that in order to expand reutilization channels and increase the achievements of food waste recycling, the EPA will subsidize local governments to build three food waste biomass energy power plants for collective treatment in areas that produce large volumes of food waste. For regions producing less food waste, the EPA will assist in the building of new treatment facilities, such as food waste centrifuges and high-efficiency composting installations. A total of NT$1.8 billion has been allocated for the installation of three food waste bioenergy plants. It is projected that annual food waste processing can be increased to 180,000 tons, and that the generation of 32.92 million kWh. The plants will generate a total revenue of more than NT$131.92 million from selling electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 17,400 metric tonnes.
Minister Lee commended the food waste biomass energy plant in Waipu Eco park in Taichung as Taiwan’s first such plant. It will process 54,000 tons of food waste annually and produce over 8.87 million kWh. The Ecopark will also have a rice straw gasification generator installed, which will process 50,000 tons of rice straw and generate 24.9 million kWh. In total, the Waipu Green Energy Ecopark will generate electricity for 9,670 households annually.
The EPA emphasized that reutilization of biomass energy from food waste will convert waste into a useful resource as well as help the development of bioenergy and increase the supply of green energy, thus leading to a major advancement towards a circular economy.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)