Southern Oil has announced that the Palaszczuk Government will provide $125,000 in Advance Queensland funding to Burdekin Renewable Fuels, which produces pellets from cane tops and trash for biorefining.
According to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Burdekin Renewable fuels was one of six recipients that would help put Queensland at the forefront of the global bio-industrial revolution. Since the Burdekin region has around one million tons of cane tops and trash per year, it generates enough pellets to be used as fuel for renewable electricity generation and as a source for renewable fuel.
Technology to be assessed includes cane tops and trash separation from cane billets, transport from the farm to the pellet plant, pelleting of cane tops and trash, and logistics options for delivery of pellets to Japan (ship) and Gladstone (road/rail).
Leeanne Enoch, minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, said: “We want to see the biofutures industry grow in Queensland, that’s why we’re prepared to invest in people and companies with new ideas to get new technologies up and running.”