ADRA Project Gives Renewable Energy to Chinese City
The humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is moving forward with plans to construct biomass power plants in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwest China.
A source of renewable energy, biomass power plants convert organic waste into biogas and electricity.
Representatives from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Switzerland and China say a recent feasibility tour with local officials and Arthur Wellinger, president of the European Biogas Association, was productive. The study group was able to assess the local waste chain and take samples for further analysis, said project manager Marcel Wagner.
“The project is still at the very beginning, but the doors are open,” Wagner said, adding that the next steps involve drawing up a detailed business plan, project proposal, and contract for potential investors and partners.
Reports indicate that some 5,000 tons of waste is collected every day in Chengdu. To reduce the contamination of soil and water, and avoid using valuable agricultural land for landfills, officials are increasingly turning to new recycling methods.
Already, China operates biomass power plants in several provinces. So far, the plants operate by burning only dry organic waste, such as wood chips, branches, and leaves. Wet organic waste—from kitchens, slaughterhouses, and restaurants—makes up an estimated 60 percent of all organic waste and often remains untreated. ADRA China representatives say this yet-unused waste has potential to generate biogas and organic fertilizer.
—reported by Adventist News Network