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Biofutures Commercialisation Program funding recipients

Recipient Project title Project Summary Partners Project Type Amount
MP Australia Holdings Pty Ltd Agave and Sugarcane: Integrated Bioindustries Sugar factories in Queensland only operate for around 23 weeks per year due to the seasonal supply of sugarcane. Potential opportunities exist to build new biofutures industries based on sugar, ethanol, higher value fermentation products and bioenergy from cultivation of Agave grown on lands marginal for sugarcane production and processing in sugarcane factories during the non-crushing season. This project will deliver field scale demonstration of Agave cultivation on non-irrigated lands in the Atherton Tableland region, demonstrate bioethanol production from Agave at pilot scale, and hence establish the feasibility of an integrated sugarcane and Agave bioindustrial project at Tablelands Sugar Mill. Ausagave QUT Howe Farming Pilot scale $250,000
Southern Oil Refining Pty Ltd Bio-Hydrogen Generation for Bio-fuel Production The project focuses on the installation and operation of a demonstration gas-over-iron hydrogen generation unit; consuming renewable off-gas from a bio-refinery, bio-pyrolysers and liquefactors to produce industrial bio-hydrogen. Production of cheap and reliable bio-hydrogen is necessary for an operating bio-refinery to produce bio-fuels. Bio-fuel production consumes more hydrogen than crude fuels and so technology to reduce hydrogen cost is paramount for cost parity. The project will produce bio-hydrogen from biological sources. Unlike other bio-hydrogen plants this technology has the robustness needed for industrial processes as it is not dependent on natural electricity generation, such as solar, or on biological reactions. Carbon Free Renewables
Northern Oil Refineries
Demonstration scale $1,000,000
Aquatec Maxcon Pty Ltd Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Biogas Aquatec Maxcon have developed a novel anaerobic membrane bioreactor which has been tested at pilot scale at Trisco Foods with very promising results. This project will upscale the technology to a demonstration scale. This funding will assist in making the project viable which will allow the technology to be proven at full scale and optimised for this application. Aquatec Maxcon will further optimise the technology via an extended operational period as part of this project. Trisco Foods Pty Ltd Demonstration scale $400,000
Woods Grain Pty Ltd New Algae Farm in Goondiwindi The Woods Group, based at Goondiwindi, has a one hectare site suitable for a proposed algae farm. This project will trial new technology for the extraction of omega-3 oil from algae, to serve as a sustainable alternative for fish oil and a protein source for the stockfeed industry.    This project follows a positive cost benefit analysis, and will complete stage 1 of 3 stages.  Two ponds will be built to determine if this project is profitable enough to proceed (TRL 6 and 7). The University of Queensland   $579,000
Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation QLD Spinifex Nano-Cellulose Industry Working together, Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) and the University of Queensland (UQ) are proposing to build a clean, green, Queensland-based bio-refining industry. Bringing together Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, nanotechnology and Australia's most extensive vegetation type (spinifex) to create the products of the future, this project is designed to move the spinifex industry from the research/pilot scale to demonstration scale. The project will also fund research for applications development to build further demand for nanocellulose and potential markets for spinifex oils and resins. The University of Queensland Demonstration scale $995,129
Burdekin Renewable Fuels Burdekin BioFutures Project

One million tonnes per year of cane tops and trash are burnt prior to harvesting in the Burdekin. Inkerman Canegrowers have investigated the beneficial use of cane tops and trash to produce pellets to create a transportable biorefinery feedstock. Burdekin Renewable Fuels will supply pellet samples to renewable fuel technology suppliers to demonstrate their processing capabilities. The selected technology will be used to convert up to one million tonnes per year of cane tops and trash.

Samples to be supplied to:

  • Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant
  • Ambient Industry (commercial plant in China using modularised units).
Burdekin Cane Growers
Ambient Industries Pty Ltd
S&L Peters Pty Ltd
Prudentia Process Consulting
Recycling Technologies Group
Frontier Impact Group
Pilot scale $125,000
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Last updated
23 June, 2017

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