Tag: Australia

Australian company launches $4 million plastic-to-fuel plant

Australian company launches $4 million plastic-to-fuel plant

May 21, 2015 |

In Australia, Foyson Resources is launching a $4 million plant that will convert 200 metric tons of plastics per day to fuel, roughly 50 million liters of diesel and 18 million liters of gasoline, and the first commercial scale facility of its kind in the country. The first stage of the facility will be online […]

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Queensland ethanol industry fighting agriculture over proposed mandate

Queensland ethanol industry fighting agriculture over proposed mandate

May 19, 2015 |

In Australia, the ethanol industry is fighting against the agriculture industry who claim that an ethanol mandate in Queensland would push up the price of food and fuel. The industry says the claims of food vs fuel are untrue, with other arguments also failing to stand up. Instead it is bullish on the opportunity for […]

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Low Carbon Transport on the Move: What’s up in Australia?

Low Carbon Transport on the Move: What’s up in Australia?

May 14, 2015 |

Electrics, fuel cell vehicles, smart cars, biofuels for road and sky, and greening the grid come under the microscope Down Under. In Sydney this week, a number of US and Australian leaders gathered at the Australian Technology Park to debate the models and options offered by the cleantech revolution in decarbonizing road transport. “Road transport […]

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Queensland motorists group about face to support 2% ethanol blend

Queensland motorists group about face to support 2% ethanol blend

May 7, 2015 |

In Australia, the RACQ has made an about turn in its attitude towards ethanol blending and now says it supports a mandate of 2% with 3% seen as feasible in 2020, but nowhere near the 10% promoted by renegade MP Bob Katter. Back in 2010 when the Queensland government sought to introduce an E5 mandate, […]

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Singapore sourcing 65% of Australian tallow exports for biodiesel

Singapore sourcing 65% of Australian tallow exports for biodiesel

May 5, 2015 |

In Australia, Singapore is bouncing back as a key demand center for inedible tallow exports for use in biodiesel production. Policy changes in the US dropped demand for Australian tallow imports as the focus was more on domestic feedstocks, so even though exports haven’t recovered to mid-2014 levels of 300,000 metric tons annually, Singapore is […]

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United Petroleum says can’t wait 15 years for Queensland to mandate ethanol

United Petroleum says can’t wait 15 years for Queensland to mandate ethanol

April 27, 2015 |

In Australia, United Petroleum says it can’t wait another 15 years for Queensland’s government to implement an ethanol blending policy as its ethanol plant in Dalby has already had to be mothballed several times due to lack of demand. The grain-based facility is currently running at about 50% production capacity.

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Queensland warms up to ethanol again but Katter says it’s not enough

Queensland warms up to ethanol again but Katter says it’s not enough

April 23, 2015 |

In Australia, Queensland will publish a decision paper on using ethanol in the state, a move welcomed by Canegrowers but criticized by MP Rob Katter for not going far enough by issuing a blending mandate under an independent commission. Pushing for an ethanol mandate is one of his party’s key negotiating points. An assistance and […]

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Holden drops E85 compatibility from Commodore vehicles after slack demand

Holden drops E85 compatibility from Commodore vehicles after slack demand

April 15, 2015 |

In Australia, Holden has dropped E85 compatibility from its Commodore vehicles following its introduction in 2010 due to consumers not taking up the fuel. Caltex had agreed to supply E85 at gas stations but has begun rolling it back due to lack of demand and high costs associated with shipping the fuel from NSW to […]

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MicroRNA cell research breakthrough to enable gene manipulation for environmental conditions

MicroRNA cell research breakthrough to enable gene manipulation for environmental conditions

March 23, 2015 |

In Australia, researchers have discovered that the microRNA mechanism that controls whether a particular cell destroys or simply represses the mRNA molecules in plants relies on ‘switcher’ genes. With the switcher genes discovered, the team will be able to manipulate them, allowing them to boost the capacity for an organism’s environmental adaptation. The data comes […]

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Australian sugar coop looks to sell remaining 50% to Manildra

Australian sugar coop looks to sell remaining 50% to Manildra

March 2, 2015 |

In Australia, Sunshine Sugars Coop. may sell its 50% shareholding in itself to Manildra, who already owned 50% of the company since 1989. With much of the Australian sugar industry getting snapped up by foreign investors, the hope was to strengthen one of the country’s leading ethanol producers with complete control over some domestic sugar […]

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