Tag: Australia

New South Wales really only blending 3.1% ethanol instead of 6%

New South Wales really only blending 3.1% ethanol instead of 6%

December 11, 2014 |

In Australia, despite having a 6% ethanol blend in New South Wales, actual consumption is only about 3.1% because of market exceptions available to oil companies. Ethanol sales only hit 14.6 million liters in November rather than the 28.21 million liters that should have been sold if the mandate had been enforced. The state pledged […]

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Australia’s biodiesel industry may only survive until 2018

Australia’s biodiesel industry may only survive until 2018

November 25, 2014 |

In Australia, the biodiesel industry expects the industry to fold by 2018 thanks to the excise duty waiver ending next July, five years earlier than planned, and a flood of imports that are receiving subsidies locally and undercutting domestic production. The Cleaner Fuels Grant gives roughly 38 cents per liter to imported biodiesel, making the […]

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Science Network WA says pure canola biodiesel emissions worse than diesel

Science Network WA says pure canola biodiesel emissions worse than diesel

November 4, 2014 |

In Australia, exhaust from pure canola oil biodiesel is more lethal for human epithelial cells than that from traditional diesel, new research contends. Epithelial cells, which are found in the lining of the airways and lungs, provide the body’s first line of defense against viruses and particles capable of invading the body. The research found […]

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Muradel launches Australia’s first algae to green crude integrated demonstration plant

Muradel launches Australia’s first algae to green crude integrated demonstration plant

November 3, 2014 |

In Australia, Muradel has launched its integrated demonstration plant to convert algae into green crude in Whyalla. The $10.7 million plant will produce 30,000 liters per year and represents the company’s first step toward an 80 million liter per year commercial scale plant. Murdel’s technology, Green2Black, uses microalgae produced on site, plant biomass, and organic […]

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Australia’s Biofuels Association seeks bleak future due to instable policy

Australia’s Biofuels Association seeks bleak future due to instable policy

October 29, 2014 |

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 […]

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Queensland parliament rejects ethanol bill saying all biofuels need support

Queensland parliament rejects ethanol bill saying all biofuels need support

October 28, 2014 |

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 […]

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Australia catalyst developer commissions Avantium Flowrence to assist with formulations

Australia catalyst developer commissions Avantium Flowrence to assist with formulations

October 6, 2014 |

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 […]

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Aussies point to $1.8B/yr opportunity in biorefineries, but not much action on fostering development

Aussies point to $1.8B/yr opportunity in biorefineries, but not much action on fostering development

September 28, 2014 |

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 […]

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Queensland could see $20 billion in sales and 6,000 jobs from 7 biorefineries

Queensland could see $20 billion in sales and 6,000 jobs from 7 biorefineries

September 23, 2014 |

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.  

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South Australia pushes for seaweed development

South Australia pushes for seaweed development

September 11, 2014 |

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 […]

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