Forming a biomass supply alliance

By Babs McHugh,

Biomass. Biofuel. What’s the difference?

Biomass is what’s used as the feedstock to produce biofuel, which can then has a wide range of applications: from firing power stations to fuelling jet airplanes.

There’s been talk and trials to look at a developing a biomass industry in Australia for literally years, but little has gone past the trial phase.

But government policy such as a renewable energy target of 20 per cent by 2020, and the carbon tax, are shaping up as the catalyst to finally get the industry off the ground.

In simple terms, the biomass that’s being explored in Australia is basically straw and woodchips.

To take biomass to either biofuel or electricity is an industrial process where you use the biomass material feedstock to either convert it to oil by a pyrolysis or a torrefaction process… Read more


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