Six new bio projects collectively valued at more than $22 million will soon be delivered in Queensland, with the first grants announced from the state government’s $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund).
The Waste to Biofutures Fund offers grants from $50,000 to $1 million to develop pilot, demonstration or commercial-scale projects that produce bio-based products instead of conventional fossil fuel-based products.
This includes utilising household food and green waste, tyres and plastics, recovered fats and oils from restaurants, and biosolids from sewerage treatment plants.
State Development Minister Cameron Dick said $1.9 million had 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 said the W2B Fund is helping Queensland companies advance 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.”
W2B Fund recipients:
BE Power Solutions ($500,000): Biogas-solar power plant at AJ Bush rendering facility Bromelton, Scenic Rim, providing power for the facility and the grid.
Wildfire Energy ($500,000): Waste-to-energy demonstration project in Redbank Plains, Ipswich, which will convert feedstocks into syngas, enabling the production of renewable electricity, hydrogen and chemicals.
Energy360 ($363,500): Bioenergy plant and electric vehicle (EV) charging station with future potential to power Bundaberg Regional Council waste-recovery trucks.
Nilwaste Energy ($250,000): Demonstration plant at QUT’s industrial testing facility in Banyo to convert waste into bioenergy.
Pearl Global ($250,000): Project at Staplyton on the Gold Coast producing bioenergy from waste gas.
University of Southern Queensland ($50,000): Toowoomba project to create granulated organomineral fertilisers from biosolids.