Sweet fuel

Sweet fuel

QUT is testing a novel technology developed by US company Mercurius Biorefining to convert biomass into jet and diesel fuels.

The project aims to optimise the processes of Mercurius’s patented REACH technology for efficiency and cost-effectiveness and help determine achievable yields and the quality of the fuel converted from sugarcane bagasse (fibrous residue left after juice extraction) and other biomass.

CTCB Director Professor Sagadevan Mundree said Mercurius’s technology could be potentially applied to any type of biomass, such as agricultural residues, which Queensland has in abundant supply.

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Sweet Fuel laboratory

QUT principal research scientist at the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities Professor Ian O’Hara has authored a report identifying the way forward for development of a successful bioeconomy in Australia.

The report, Biofuels to bioproducts: a growth industry for Australia, found that increased use of 10 per cent ethanol-blended petrol (E10) in Australia could create more than 8600 direct and indirect jobs, attract $1.56 billion in investment and generate more than $1.1 billion in additional revenue each year in regional areas.

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