Tag: Australia

Australian community to start feedstock trials for potential future biodiesel industry

Australian community to start feedstock trials for potential future biodiesel industry

September 21, 2017 |

In Australia, Cloncurry Shire Council’s crop trials in conjunction with the Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone is set to begin in the next two weeks in an effort to determine which feedstocks could lead to a viable biodiesel industry in the region. A wide range of crops including leucaena, sunflowers, safflower, sesame, pigeon pea, […]

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Australian timber industry says incentives needed to enter power sector

Australian timber industry says incentives needed to enter power sector

September 19, 2017 |

In Australia, the timber industry says the government has stymied its potential growth as a green option for replacing coal-fueled power plants by not putting in place needed incentives to drive the transition. About 100MW of baseload power from a million metric tons of annual wood waste is being lost, the industry claims. Sawmills are […]

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Fuel retailer launches E10 price war in Queensland to kick-start demand

Fuel retailer launches E10 price war in Queensland to kick-start demand

September 18, 2017 |

In Australia, United Petroleum has dropped the price of E10 by A$0.06 per liter in southeast Queensland in an effort to start a price war, forcing other fuel retailers to drop their E10 prices as well and in exchange boost demand for the ethanol blended fuel. Demand has been low in part due to a […]

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New South Wales Greens say E6 mandate costs drivers A$143 million annually

New South Wales Greens say E6 mandate costs drivers A$143 million annually

August 30, 2017 |

In Australia, the New South Wales Greens have published a new analysis saying that the state’s 6% ethanol blending mandate costs consumers an extra A$143 million per year and pointed the finger at local ethanol producer Manildra, who pushed for the mandate to expanded last year to more gas stations, for making an addition A$4.4 […]

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Queensland biodiesel industry failing to launch despite policy

Queensland biodiesel industry failing to launch despite policy

August 2, 2017 |

In Australia, despite a 0.5% blending mandate for biodiesel in Queensland since the start of the year, it hasn’t translated to demand due to low oil prices and rising feedstock costs, leaving much of the production capacity idled. Demand for tallow and UCO in the US and Europe due to their own policies promoting biodiesel […]

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Queensland Government to provide A$1.17 million loan for North Queensland Bio‑Energy

Queensland Government to provide A$1.17 million loan for North Queensland Bio‑Energy

August 2, 2017 |

In Australia, the Queensland Government is providing a A$1.17 million loan to help make North Queensland Bio‑Energy’s proposed A$640 million biorefinery near Ingham a reality. Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the project could create up to 450 jobs during construction, more than 250 jobs once operational and give local canefarmers a new market. […]

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Sydney fueling station ends B100 sales after failing air quality tests

Sydney fueling station ends B100 sales after failing air quality tests

July 27, 2017 |

In Australia, Sydney’s go-to filling station for B100 has stopped selling the fuel after it failed to meet maximum sulfur levels. The station will continue to supply B5 and B20 blends that met set fuel standards following a January inspection by the federal Environmental Department. The country’s main biodiesel producer proved that it did not […]

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North Queensland community looking to develop biofuels industry with 20,000 acres to start

North Queensland community looking to develop biofuels industry with 20,000 acres to start

July 25, 2017 |

In Australia, the community of Cloncurry in northern Queensland is working with the local development agency to determine the feasibility for supporting a local biofuels industry, one that the mayor says could encompass at least 20,000 acres in the next few years. Thanks to the possibility of new dam on the Cloncurry River, biofuel crops […]

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Queensland to sponsor feasibility study for use of blue agave as intercrop ethanol feedstock

Queensland to sponsor feasibility study for use of blue agave as intercrop ethanol feedstock

July 10, 2017 |

In Australia, the state government is seeking to fast track a A$60 million biorefinery in Far North Queensland that will convert sugarcane into 55 million liters of ethanol per year as well as 110,000 metric tons of sugar through the funding of the project’s feasibility study as part of the Biofutures Acceleration Program. The planned facility […]

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Clean Energy Finance Corporation sees biomass a missed opportunity for Australia

Clean Energy Finance Corporation sees biomass a missed opportunity for Australia

June 22, 2017 |

In Australia, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation believes that biomass is a missed opportunity for the country and is frustrated by how far it lags behind in bioenergy compared to much of the rest of the world. The energy class is not only on economically viable under the current renewable energy technology policy but is […]

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