Penang launches first biogas pilot plant in Batu Maung

Penang is studying the feasibility of food waste being converted to renewable energy through its first biogas pilot plant.

Located at the solid waste transfer station in Batu Maung, the plant can handle up to 400kg of food waste per day. However, the amount is far less than the estimated food waste of 150 tonnes per day produced by consumers, each on the Penang island and the mainland.

State Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Sdr Jagdeep Singh Deo said the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) collects an average of 600 to 700 tonnes of waste (of all kinds) per day.

“The food waste, around 150 tonnes, can be converted to energy. We want to take the burden off the council.

“The council will have less waste to process and transfer to the landfills,” Sdr Jagdeep said in his speech.

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