Biofuels and bioenergy projects in Queensland

Queensland is home to several co-funded research and development (R&D) projects in biofuels and bioenergy.

James Cook University (JCU) and MBD Energy

JCU has partnered with MBD Energy on several renewable energy R&D projects. These projects are investigating:

Syngenta Centre for Sugarcane Biofuels Development

The Syngenta Centre for Sugarcane Biofuels Development is making advanced technology for the conversion of sugarcane bagasse to bioethanol. It is a collaboration between:

QUT has Queensland's only research facility for internal combustion engines, the Biofuel Engine Research Facility.

Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant

The QUT Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant is a R&D plant for the conversion of cellulosic biomass into renewable transport fuels (bioethanol) and high value biocommodities.

The facility is available for both public and private sector research use and is capable of processing a wide range of biomass feedstocks and sugarcane bagasse.

The University of Queensland's (UQ) biofuel and bioenergy research

UQ conducts biofuel and bioenergy research in second generation biofuel technologies, including the development of:

  • alcohol (methanol, butanol)
  • fuel products from bio-electrochemical systems
  • green diesel from vegetable oil
  • micro-algal biofuel systems
  • biohydrogen production.

UQ also founded an international alliance which develops high efficiency micro-algae biofuels systems.

UQ's Advanced Water Management Centre

The Anaerobic Technologies Team at UQ's Advanced Water Management Centre has received funding to research ways to produce biogas from waste. Projects are looking to develop low cost technologies for intensive livestock, and technology to allow smaller communities to manage biosolids sustainably.


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