South East businesses combine to embrace technology and help reduce carbon footprint

COLLABORATIVE PROJECT: SDA Engineering director of engineering Leon Daysh, Rainbow Bee Eater operations director Ian Stanley, Holla-Fresh managing director Ian Lines, Rainbow Bee Eater managing director Peter Burgess, Van Schaik’s BioGro’s Stephen Van Schaik and SDA Engineering lead mechanical engineer Steven Hill celebrate the launch of the ECHO2 module at Holla-Fresh’s Tantanoola facility.

TWO South East businesses have joined forces to deal with biomass waste and energy production while reducing their carbon footprint through a technology breakthrough.

In a bid to decrease rising electricity costs and embrace a cleaner source of gas, Tantanoola herb and produce company Holla-Fresh has installed a fully-automated unit which converts wood waste into hot water, electricity and carbon dioxide.

The $1.4m ECHO2 unit produces baseload, low cost commercial quantities of energy and is fuelled by excess timber harvested from Mount Gambier-based Van Schaik’s BioGro.

The innovative system was developed by Rainbow Bee Eater –


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