Tag: Australia

International research team develop cost effective method to produce biochemical from biomass

International research team develop cost effective method to produce biochemical from biomass

January 1, 2018 |

In Australia, researchers led by the University of Wollongong have developed a cost effective method to turn biomass into xylose and arabinose, furfural and HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural). The catalysts employed are recyclable, helping to reduce production costs significantly while resulting in very high yields of five carbon sugars and furfural. There is hope the technology can […]

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Australian farmers can export canola to EU for biodiesel thanks to low GHG emissions

Australian farmers can export canola to EU for biodiesel thanks to low GHG emissions

December 18, 2017 |

In Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reports that the country’s canola farmers have secured permission to export the crop to Europe for use in biodiesel production thanks to its lower GHG emissions that are 15% below Germany’s, allowing biodiesel produced from it to achieve the 50% GHG emissions reductions required as of January 1 by […]

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Algae.Tec turns its back on biofuels for good

Algae.Tec turns its back on biofuels for good

November 28, 2017 |

In Australia, Algae.Tec has finalized its transition away from biofuel production to focus entirely on nutraceuticals and aquafeed, as well as medical marijuana that was discovered to benefit greatly from the catalysts developed for algae production. The shift began in 2013 and finalized with the recent departure of the company’s managing director who was with […]

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Ethtec awarded A$11.9 million federal loan for 30 million liter 2G ethanol facility

Ethtec awarded A$11.9 million federal loan for 30 million liter 2G ethanol facility

November 21, 2017 |

In Australia, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has awarded an A$11.9 million loan for a project that would implement Ethtec’s cellulosic ethanol technology in a 30 million liter per year facility. The project, developed in conjunction with the University of Newcastle, the local council and Chinese investment company Jiangsu Jintongling Fluid Machinery Technology, will use […]

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Katter’s Australian Party offers A$400 million to North Queensland Bioenergy Corp if it wins election

Katter’s Australian Party offers A$400 million to North Queensland Bioenergy Corp if it wins election

November 21, 2017 |

In Australia, Katter’s Australian Party has offered an A$400 million loan towards the A$640 million North Queensland Bioenergy Corp. project proposed nearly a decade ago if it’s able to keep its balance of power in the upcoming state elections through the successful bid of a local candidate. The project’s promoter welcomed the prospect of the state-led […]

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency awards Microbiogen with A$4.03 million grant

Australian Renewable Energy Agency awards Microbiogen with A$4.03 million grant

November 20, 2017 |

In Australia, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced A$4.03 million in funding for Australian yeast developer Microbiogen to make production of bioethanol from plant waste cheaper and more efficient. The project, totaling A$8.06 million, will aim to optimize biocatalysts targeted to more efficiently convert sugars to bioethanol for commercial production. Microbiogen’s project is expected […]

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Northern Oil’s biorefinery looking to biodiesel as way to go off-grid and save power bills

Northern Oil’s biorefinery looking to biodiesel as way to go off-grid and save power bills

October 23, 2017 |

In Australia, Northern Oil’s biorefinery that produces biodiesel from tires is looking to use some of that biodiesel to produce its own power in an effort to significantly reduce or completely eliminate it’s $1.5 million annual power bill. The company’s power bill went up 10% last year, money that could have been spent on creating […]

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Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater looking for renewable energy consultants

Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater looking for renewable energy consultants

October 19, 2017 |

In Australia, as part of a broader energy and resource recovery strategy, Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified parties with an interest in: •           Providing proven technology solutions at a cost •           Commercialising technology solutions and developing jointly owned intellectual property, or •           Developing joint venture arrangements and new business […]

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Qantas Airlines to run LA-Australia flights on 50/50 aviation biofuel by 2020

Qantas Airlines to run LA-Australia flights on 50/50 aviation biofuel by 2020

October 12, 2017 |

In Australia, Qantas Airlines will buy 8 million gallons of aviation biofuel annually from SG Preston beginning in 2020 to use in all of its flights from Los Angeles to Australia, flying on a 50/50 basis. The decision was made because the aviation biofuel industry is more advanced in the US than in Australia but […]

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E10 still having a hard time in New South Wales despite communications push

E10 still having a hard time in New South Wales despite communications push

October 3, 2017 |

In Australia, despite the state government investing nearly A$3 million in a myth busting communications campaign about E10 launched in May regarding the new ethanol blending mandate in New South Wales, not one of the 236 fuel retailers has yet to comply with the law requiring at least 60% of gasoline sold include 10% ethanol. […]

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