In Australia, the country’s Biofuels Association says that by 2018, biodiesel won’t be economically viable anymore following the national government’s move in May to impose an excise tax on the fuel from July 1, 2016. Biodiesel is more expensive to produce in Australia and competes with cheaper, allegedly subsidized at origin, biodiesel. Investors are becoming […]
In Australia, the Queensland parliament’s Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee has rejected a proposal to mandate ethanol blending because the chairman felt it was too narrow and a dusting off of old legislation proposed in 2009. He said that the entire biofuels industry needs support, not just ethanol, and needs appropriate legislation for this day […]
In Australia, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) RAMP Center has announced the commissioning of an Avantium Flowrence one year after the Center’s launch. They commissioned a 48-reactor Avantium Flowrence in order to evaluate 200 catalyst formations per month in the process of developing advanced catalysts to reduce the footprint of energy-intensive chemical […]
Aussies point to $1.8B/yr opportunity in biorefineries, but not much action on fostering development
In Australia, two key reports were released by the Government yesterday. The “Corelli” report found that a supportive biorefinery policy would result in the annual financial impact of more than $1.8 billion per year by 2035, supporting 6,640 full-time jobs, many in rural Queensland. The report, prepared by Deloitte, concluded that “he economic impact analysis […]
In Australia, a new report from the Queensland University of Technology says that developing seven biorefineries in Queensland could create 6,000 jobs and $20 billion worth of fuels and plastics. Feedstocks include cotton, cereals and sugarcane. Inconsistent policies, however, are likely to make potential investors cautious in developing the projects.
In Australia, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is conducting offshore trials to determine whether seaweed can be farmed in South Australia. Funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Cleanseas, the project will examine four varieties of seaweed through until April 2015 to allow comparison of growth over different seasons. South Australia […]
In a recent Bloomberg View article, a strong case is made for a carbon tax based on uncertainty about accessible shale oil and gas resources, which is having a chilling effect on the renewable industry. As Bloomberg states, “Investors come across it hard to look ahead to see regardless of whether green energy sources will […]
In Australia, algae may have a new application: cattle feed. Research sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia and conducted by the University of Queensland was unveiled last week, debuting an on-farm algae growing prototype in Queensland. Lead researcher Professor Peer Schenk said the farm showed algae could be grown easily in Australian conditions without competing […]
In Australia, ASHOIL is expanding its biodiesel production business by using waste engine oil as feedstock as well to supplement its waste cooking oil feedstock supply. The company produces 500,000 liters per year but the resources boom means less supplies available from mining camp kitchens.
In Australia, a bill has been put forward in the Queensland state legislature that would require blending 10% ethanol with gasoline. The move is meant to support the local sugarcane and ethanol industries by spurring demand that will lead to more local jobs.