May 29, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Work has begun on the world’s first biomass, co-generation facility using waste macadamia nut shells to power more than 1300 Queensland, Australia homes and businesses. The 1.5 MW co-generation plant being developed by Ergon Energy at Suncoast Gold Macadamias’ Gympie plant, started taking shape with the construction of a 350 ton shell silo which will be used to store fuel for the macadamia-shell-fired boiler. This project includes the installation of a 6 MW high-pressure boiler and 1.5 MW steam turbine. When completed the plant will generate 9.5 GWh of green energy each year. By replacing traditional coal-generated electricity, the customized system will save the environment 9,500 tons of greenhouse gases. That’s equivalent to taking 2,200 cars off the road each year. With the silo now complete, attention is focused on construction of the boiler and turbine house, which will be developed shortly.