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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 »

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 »

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 »

Australian Navy to Move to Biofuel

Posted by Peter, on May 28, 2014

The Royal Australian Navy will be converting its ships to be biofuel ready within six years in response to the US Navy’s move to biofuel use. Under an agreement with the US, Australia is able to take advantage of the technologies developed by the US for biofuel use. A common approach is seen as critical […]  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 »

$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% Renewable? Yes, We Can!

Posted by Peter, on April 21, 2012

Researchers at the University of New South Wales' Institute for Environmental Studies have published the results of a simulation showing how renewable energy could have met the actual electricity demand in Australia's National Electricity Market during 2010. The simulation found that existing "off-the-shelf" wind, photovoltaic, biofuelled gas turbines and hydroelectric sources, together with concentrated solar […]  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 »

Fuel from Poppies and Sawdust

Posted by Peter, on January 9, 2012

Two Australian companies have commenced producing biofuel from "second generation" waste products. Licella Pty Ltd has opened a commercial biofuels demonstration facility at Somersby, near Gosford, New South Wales. The plant will produce bio-crude oil that has the potential to be refined into low-emission petrol, diesel and jet fuel. It will operate using Licella’s catalytic […]  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 »

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 »

Qantas To Explore Biofuel Production

Posted by Peter, on February 12, 2011

Californian renewable oils and bioproducts company, Solazyme Inc, has announced that it has begun a collaboration with Qantas to explore the potential for the commercial production of Solazyme’s microbial derived aviation fuel, Solajet, in Australia. Solazyme’s technology allows algae to produce oil and biomaterials in standard fermentation facilities. Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce, said […]  Continue reading »

Oil from Algae To Be Produced at Aussie Power Plants

Posted by Peter, on December 10, 2010

Australian energy company MBD Energy and American OriginOil Inc have announced the successful completion of a commercial pilot project for carbon sequestration and large-scale algae biofuel manufacturing in Australia. CO2, given off as a byproduct of MBD Energy’s coal-fired power plants, is captured by micro-algae which use it to reproduce, creating more algae, which can […]  Continue reading »

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