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Category: Bio-energy

Alliance Plans to Produce Biofuel and Biochar

Posted by Peter, on July 22, 2011

A new international biofuel alliance plans to turn Australian mallee eucalypts into a sustainable jet fuel while producing biochar as a byproduct. The alliance, which includes Virgin Australia, the Renewable Oil Corporation, Dynamotive Australia and the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre, believes that the project could potentially replace over $2 billion in fuel imports. […]  Continue reading »

New Biomass Research Plant at Sydney Uni

Posted by Peter, on November 25, 2010

A new pilot biomass processing plant has been opened at the University of Sydney. The plant will allow experimentation with the variables of biofuel production, with the aim of finding commercially viable processing methods. Professor Thomas Maschmeyer from the School of Chemistry said that "We’re looking at increasingly important methods that produce fuel from whole […]  Continue reading »

Expo Video Highlights Aussie Potential

Posted by Peter, on October 8, 2010

The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy is showing this video highlighting Australia’s renewable energy potential at the Shanghai World Expo. (This is an English version of the Mardarin Chinese version being screened in Shanghai.)  Continue reading »

Australia Investigating US Biodiesel Dumping

Posted by Peter, on June 23, 2010

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is investigating a complaint by Biodiesel Producers Ltd that American biodiesel is being dumped onto the Australian market, undercutting local producers. The US subsidises biodiesel, which is commonly made from food crops there. Last year the European Union imposed anti-dumping import duties on biodiesel from the US. Chris […]  Continue reading »

First Aussie Sorghum-to-Ethanol Plant Opens

Posted by Peter, on December 12, 2008

Dalby Bio-Refinery Limited has opened Australia’s first purpose-built sorghum to ethanol plant The plant, on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland, will produce 70 million litres of ethanol a year. Director Chris Harrison says that the refinery, which cost $85 million to  build, will reach full production next month. "A small portion of ours will go […]  Continue reading »

Holden to Invest in Ethanol

Posted by Peter, on December 10, 2008

General Motors Holden is planning a major investment in ethanol production in Australia. Holden’s Managing Director, Mark Reuss, says the company is in talks with the American firm, Coskata, to establish Australia’s first plant to produce cellulosic ethanol, made from non-edible plant material, for use in motor fuels. The development of the plant will coincide […]  Continue reading »

Progress on Energy from Algae

Posted by Peter, on May 6, 2008

Scientists at Innoventures Canada (I-CAN) have reported significant progress towards creating a system that would convert carbon dioxide diverted from industrial facilities into valuable products using Earth’s oldest plant life – micro-algae. I-CAN is a not-for-profit consortium of ten Canadian research corporations who have joined together for key strategic projects. Its CARS project – Carbon […]  Continue reading »

High Feedstock Prices Lead to Aussie Biofuel Plant Closures

Posted by Peter, on March 1, 2008

Yesterdays half-yearly report from Natural Fuels Limited explained the closure of Australia’s largest biodiesel plant in Darwin. The plant opened in November 2006 and reached full capacity in March 2007, although there were continuing quality control problems.  Rapidly increasing feedstock prices have made the production of biodiesel uneconomic in Darwin. The plant will be used […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Researchers Produce Crude Oil from Waste

Posted by Peter, on February 5, 2008

The CSIRO and Monash University have developed a chemical process that converts cheap, green waste into stable crude oil. “We’ve been able to create a concentrated bio-crude which is much more stable than that achieved elsewhere in the world”, said Dr Steven Loffler of CSIRO Forest Biosciences. The process makes it practical to produce the […]  Continue reading »

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