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Diesel from Sewage Pilot Plant for Gladstone

Posted by Peter, on September 3, 2018

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced that it will provide up to $4 million towards an $11.8 million pilot project by Southern Oil Refining to turn biosolids from sewage into crude oil.  Continue reading »

Innovative Biofuel Refinery Feasibility Study

Posted by Peter, on September 3, 2018

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced that it will contribute up to $500,000 towards a $1.2 million study by Boral Timber to investigate the feasibility of building a “second-generation” biofuel refinery using the waste sawmill residues.  Continue reading »

Brisbane Airport to Test Biojet Fuel Supply

Posted by Peter, on October 5, 2017

Virgin Australia and US-based biofuel producer Gevo have entered into an agreement to test the supply chain infrastructure in Australia to ensure that Virgin Australia and Brisbane Airport are ready for the commercial supply of biofuel for jet aircraft.  Continue reading »

Clean Fuel from Tequila Plants in Queensland

Posted by Peter, on July 18, 2017

Queensland’s MSF Sugar has plans to plant 4,000 hectares agave plants on the Atherton Tablelands to produce part of the feedstock for a $60 million biomass refinery to operate alongside a green energy power station and a distillery at its Walkamin sugar mill.  Continue reading »

Biofuel Pilot Launched

Posted by Peter, on June 5, 2017

Australia’s first biofuels pilot plant has been officially opened by the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, at Gladstone. The $18 million Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant is a joint venture between Southern Oil and J.J. Richards & Sons, on the site of their Northern Oil Refinery. The pilot plant will trial using a wide […]  Continue reading »

Producing Cowra’s Electricty and Heat from Farm Waste

Posted by Peter, on April 24, 2017

A bioenergy project at Cowra, which takes the waste streams from the town and a group of farms and turn them into electricity and heat for local residents while making fertiliser from the residue, could be the first of its kind in Australia.  Continue reading »

Queensland Ethanol Fuel Mandate Saves Biofuel Plant

Posted by Peter, on January 18, 2017

Australia’s first grains-to-ethanol plant, operated by United Petroleum at Dalby on the Western Darling Downs, is hoping to expand its operations.  Continue reading »

Australia’s First Advanced Biofuel Laboratory

Posted by Peter, on June 25, 2016

A project to study the feasibility and design for Australia’s proposed first commercial-scale “biorefinery”, capable of producing renewable diesel and jet fuels from plant material, has commenced.  Continue reading »

Advanced Biofuel Plant Planned for Gladstone

Posted by Peter, on April 15, 2016

Southern Oil Refining has announced plans to construct a pilot plant for the production of advanced biofuels. If the pilot plant is successful, the company plans to expand it into a commercial-scale refinery that would produce 200 million litres of advanced biofuel a year.  Continue reading »

Largest Aussie Biodiesel Producer in Receivership

Posted by Peter, on January 22, 2016

Australian Renewable Fuels, Australia’s largest biodiesel, producer has been forced into receivership as a result of the collapse in global oil prices.  Continue reading »

Kiwi Biotech to Make Fuel from Steel Mill’s Waste CO

Posted by Peter, on July 21, 2015

Biotechnology developed in New Zealand by LanzaTech is to be installed at ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Ghent, Belgium, to capture carbon monoxide and convert it into ethanol. The technology uses a customised Clostridium microbe, originally found in a rabbit’s gut, to convert the carbon monoxide. Approximately 50% of the carbon used in the chemistry of […]  Continue reading »

Plastics-to-Fuels Plant for NSW Central Coast

Posted by Peter, on May 20, 2015

Foyson Resources Ltd is establishing of a $4 million facility at Berkeley Vale on the New South Wales Central Coast which will eventually convert 200 tonnes of waste plastics a day into diesel and petrol. The company says that the 200 tonnes of plastic will produce less than a tonne of waste material, which is […]  Continue reading »

Biofuel from Power Plant Emissions

Posted by Peter, on July 4, 2013

Algae Tec has signed an agreement with Macquarie Generation, which is owned by the New South Wales Government, to site a $150 million algae carbon capture and biofuel production facility alongside the Bayswater coal-fired power plant. The Bayswater power station in the Hunter Valley uses around 7.5 million tonnes of coal per year to deliver […]  Continue reading »

Five Biofuel Projects Completed

Posted by Peter, on July 4, 2013

The results of five projects aimed at developing ways of producing “plentiful and affordable” biofuels in Australia have been announced: Curtin University of Technology, in partnership with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems and the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, has developed a new technology that combines pyrolysis of mallee crops and refinery of the resulting […]  Continue reading »

$10 billion Potential for Aussie Algae Farms

Posted by Peter, on June 24, 2013

A report by Future Directions International,  a Western Australian think tank, says algae farming has the potential to generate $50 billion a year and create up to 50,000 new jobs across Australia. Future Directions International says the west coast is ideally suited to build a biofuel industry from algae because of its abundant sunshine, innovative […]  Continue reading »

$4.4 million Grant for Biofuel Facility

Posted by Peter, on March 4, 2013

Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, has announced a $4.4 million grant for the establishment of a demonstration plant for the production of biofuel from naturally occurring marine microalgae. The plant is to be established at Whyalla by the Adelaide company Muradel which claims that its state-of-the-art technology will produce the most sustainable and energy […]  Continue reading »

$100 million Deal for Aussie Algae Company

Posted by Peter, on June 15, 2012

The Australian company, Advanced Algal Technologies, has signed a $us100 million joint venture agreement with China’s Fuzhou Xiangli Enterprise Management Consulting to use Advanced Algal’s patented conveyor system of algae farming. The company’s algae cultivation process will be used to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in manufacturing plants in China. The agreement  provides a license […]  Continue reading »

CO2 Capture to Biofuel Plant Commissioned

Posted by Peter, on May 11, 2012

Algae.Tec has commissioned a demonstration biofuels facility, Shoalhaven One, in Nowra on the New South Wales South Coast. The Algae.Tec facility is located next to the Manilidra Group's ethanol production facility, which is the largest in Australia. Algae Tec will take carbon dioxide from the ethanol plant to feed algae growth. Algae.Tec is one of […]  Continue reading »

U.S. Navy Investigating Using Aussie Biofuel

Posted by Peter, on February 8, 2012

The U.S. Navy is investigating the possibility of using Australian biofuel. The U.S. Navy’s Director for Operational Energy, Chris Tindal, has flown to Australia to inspect a pilot biofuel production plant developed by the Queensland University of Technology at Mackay. QUT’s Professor Sagadevan Mundree said that “QUT is the only institution in Australia with the […]  Continue reading »

Algae Farming Trials in Queensland and W.A.

Posted by Peter, on January 6, 2012

Two companies in Australia are conducting large-scale trials using algae to capture carbon dioxide and produce commercial products. MBD Energy is trialling a technology developed by James Cook University to capture emissions from a coal-fired power station and pump them into water to grow algae. Because of the high concentration of CO2, the algae doubles […]  Continue reading »

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