Wealth and wellbeing via bioenergy
Welcome to the Bioenergy Association of New Zealand website - the leading source of information for bioenergy professionals in New Zealand. Use this website (and supporting free access websites) to find out all you need to know on all aspects of bioenergy in New Zealand today.
BANZ key role is to assist its Members to grow their business. Bioenergy is an established energy activity in New Zealand with significant fuel resources, widely available state of the art technology and equipment, and a well-informed skilled workforce.
! Upcoming Event !
|BANZ Conference "How to successfully build and operate a farm scale biogas facility", February 2015
This will be held as a series of regional workshops in Northland, Waikato, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Southland. More details here.
! Recent Event !
|BANZ Conference -
"Using commercially ready technolgies to bring biofuels and co-products to the market"
Held 17 October 2014 at the Distinction Hotel, Rotorua
BANZ teamed up with the Australasian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (APPITA) and the Advanced Biofuels Research Network (ABRN) to hold a suite of three conferences held under the banner of the Fibre Value Chain Conference & Expo.
* Presentations from the conference together with speaker profiles are available on the Liquid Biofuels website here.
"Economic growth and employment built on New Zealand's capability and expertise in growing and processing wood-crops and converting organic by-products to energy, leading to new business opportunties which by 2040 supply more than 25% of the country's energy needs, including 30% of the country's transport fuels" NZ Bioenergy Strategy, New Zealand has the opportunity to achieve this.
Advocacy, business services, public outreach
BANZ is founded on the principle that policy must nurture innovation to overcome challenges in business growth. The diverse group of BANZ members work collectively to grow the sector and all speak through the association to achieve this. To assist this BANZ provides the following critical services:
- Advocacy: BANZ represents the sector to central and local government to ensure that there is a sound investment environment for bioenergy investments.
- Business services: BANZ hosts a number of webinars, workshops and conferences to bring the most up-to-date information and experiences to members. It also prepares and publishes technical guides and other publications to assist members provide a first class service to their clients.
- Public outreach: BANZ is the voice of bioenergy to the public, the media, and policy makers. We work to assist those of the public interested in bioenergy based initiatives to understand how the use of appropriately trained and experienced people and equipment will allow them to successfully manage risks so as to have successful projects.
BANZ undertakes its operational activities through its Interest Groups. These are the power houses of the Association.
Details of current activities can be viewed here.
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Finding your way around
The BANZ Association website (this site) covers members services and provides a snapshot on each of the key components that make up bioenergy in New Zealand - biogas, liquid biofuels (and bio-products), wood pellets, wood fuel and biowaste. For each of the 'sub-areas' this website provides some information and links which direct the user to sources of additional information and more extensive resources on the association's following free access websites.
New Zealand generates 5MW annually from biogas. Resources typically include landfill and wastewater treatment plants. Find out more on the dedicated biogas website – www.biogas.org.nz
After an initial focus on the production and use of first generation New Zealand is progressing to the next stage of 2nd generation and advanced fuels while recognising the value that co production of bio products and materials can bring. Find out more on the dedicated biofuels website – www.liquidbiofuels.org.nz
High quality wood pellets produced in New Zealand are used in a range of residential and commercial applications. Find out more on the dedicated woodpellets website – www.woodpellets.org.nz
New Zealand has a range of wood fuels to offer the market. The emphasis is on quality and availability. Several small commercial and industrial users already benefit from leading wood focused technology and quality fuel. Find out more on the dedicated wood fuel website – www.usewoodfuel.org.nz
A key issue of this sector is to ensure that what is being referred to as 'waste' is in actual fact a very valuable 'resource'. Read more here.
|Bioenergy Projects Directory (www.bioenergyprojects.org.nz)
The Bioenergy Projects Directory is a comprehensive source of information on current bioenergy projects in New Zealand. The Directory also provides details on the key players in the bioenergy sector in New Zealand including consultants, researchers, equipment and fuel suppliers. Search the Directory for all you need to know on all types of bioenergy projects in New Zealand.