Tag: Australia

Australia’s QUT teams with PNNL on advanced thermochemical conversion of biomass to create biofuels

Australia’s QUT teams with PNNL on advanced thermochemical conversion of biomass to create biofuels

July 5, 2016 |

In Australia, a new research partnership between Queensland University of Technology and a US National Laboratory aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop new ways of creating bio-energy from plant material. The biotechnology research partnership will bring together leading US and Australian researchers and was formalized when Australia’s QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and […]

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New South Wales to invest $4.5 million in campaign to boost E10 demand

New South Wales to invest $4.5 million in campaign to boost E10 demand

July 4, 2016 |

In Australia, the New South Wales government is preparing a $4.5 million mythbusting campaign for 2017 and 2018 when it hopes to boost demand for E10 to 6% of fuel consumption. Currently only 3% of fuel consumed is E10, partly blamed because it is only a few cents cheaper than regular unleaded, but that hardly […]

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The BioWizards of Oz: The Digest’s 2016 Special Report on Australia

The BioWizards of Oz: The Digest’s 2016 Special Report on Australia

July 3, 2016 |

Who’s running the show? Inconclusive Aussie election points to minority government, hung parliament In Australia, the center-right Coalition parties are clinging to power after a Federal election Saturday which resulted in a sharp swing to the Labor Party, and to a plethora of minor parties. The government has secured 65 seats, 11 short of an […]

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BioFutures: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Queensland’s 10-Year Bioeconomy plan

BioFutures: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Queensland’s 10-Year Bioeconomy plan

July 3, 2016 |

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The Top 10 Australian Bioeconomy stories of 2016

The Top 10 Australian Bioeconomy stories of 2016

July 3, 2016 |

#10: Refocusing away from algae In April, we reported that Muradel is refocusing its commercial scale up of its Green2Black technology not using microalgae as it had been originally but instead using tires and biosolids from municipal waste as feedstock. The company had hoped to get production cost to under A$1 per liter but hadn’t […]

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency gives A$2.4 million grant for biorefinery project

Australian Renewable Energy Agency gives A$2.4 million grant for biorefinery project

June 28, 2016 |

In Australia, the country’s first biorefinery capable of producing renewable diesel and jet fuels from plant material could become a reality in Queensland with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. ARENA is providing A$2.4 million in funding support for Southern Oil Refining to develop and construct a state-of-the-art biocrude and biofuel laboratory in Yarwun, near […]

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NSW regulator looking for perfect pricing structure for ethanol

NSW regulator looking for perfect pricing structure for ethanol

June 21, 2016 |

In Australia, New South Wales’ pricing regulator, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, has opened a public comment period to seek input on wholesale pricing of ethanol ahead of a transition to 6% ethanol blending from the current 2.5%. The regulator will also consult directly with producers, blenders, retailers and government agency to find the […]

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Australian thinks it can comply with stronger RED criteria

Australian thinks it can comply with stronger RED criteria

June 14, 2016 |

In Australia, Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) and the Australian Oilseeds Federation are seeking to prove that canola producers who currently export up to 90% of their production to the EU, 70% of which goes towards biodiesel, will achieve the Renewable Energy Directive’s 50% GHG reduction minimum by the Jan. 1, 2017 deadline. The […]

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Queensland to invest A$20 million to become Asia-Pacific biofuel hub

Queensland to invest A$20 million to become Asia-Pacific biofuel hub

June 6, 2016 |

In Australia, the Queensland premier has announced A$20 million in funding towards developing the state’s biofuels industry in hopes of converting the A$100 million sector into a A$1 billion sector in 10 years as the Asia-Pacific hub for biofuels. Currently 160 million liters of biofuel is produced in the state. The move is to compliment […]

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Smaller fueling stations in Australia concerned about impacts of E10 mandate

Smaller fueling stations in Australia concerned about impacts of E10 mandate

June 1, 2016 |

In Australia, the fuel service station sector is getting nervous about an expected policy that would require smaller stations to sell E10. Currently the policy is only required for larger stations, which account for about 30% of the total 1,978 fueling sites around the country. The 70% of the stations that are currently exempted from […]

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