Six new biofutures projects set to commence in Qld

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A waste-to-energy demonstration project which will convert feedstocks into syngas and a bioenergy plant and electric vehicle (EV) charging station are two of the six bio projects that will soon be delivered in Queensland thanks to grants from the State Government’s $5 million Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund).

Collectively valued at more than $22 million, these six projects will create biogas, syngas and fertiliser replacements, delivering around 85 new jobs for Queenslanders.

Among the successful W2B Fund recipients is Brisbane-based cleantech startup Wildfire Energy, which received $500,000 to deliver a waste-to-energy demonstration project in Redbank Plains, Ipswich. The project will convert feedstocks into syngas, enabling the production of renewable electricity, hydrogen and chemicals.

Melbourne-based firm Energy360 was also named among the W2B grant recipients and will use the funding ($363,500) to deliver a bioenergy plant and EV charging station with future potential to power Bundaberg Regional Council waste-recovery trucks.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said a total of $1.9 million have been awarded to six businesses and universities innovating in the waste-to-bioproducts space.

“Queensland is leading the way when it comes to turning waste streams into high-value bioproducts with environmental benefits,” Mr Dick said.

“These six projects will create biogas, syngas and fertiliser replacements, and energy to run industrial plants and charge electric vehicles, but most importantly they’ll create more jobs for Queenslanders.

Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie welcomed the announcement, saying the W2B Fund is helping Queensland companies advance some truly exciting projects.

“These projects have enormous potential to attract investment in the bioenergy sector and create jobs,” Ms McKenzie said.

“Bioenergy is attracting considerable interest worldwide due to its enormous potential to reduce carbon emissions and drive a more sustainable energy future.”

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The full list of successful W2B grant recipients is available here.

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