QLD awards sustainable fuel research grant

The Queensland Government has awarded a $159,000 grant to Gevo, a global producer of low-carbon renewable fuels, to investigate turning sugar cane and wood waste into sustainable aviation fuel.

According to State Development Minister Cameron Dick, Gevo supplied renewable fuel to a Virgin Australia trial at Brisbane Airport last year.

“Sustainable aviation fuel provides an alternative to fossil-based jet fuel and offers environmental benefits by reducing the carbon footprint of plane travel,” he said.

“This project will also help position Queensland as a world-leading location for investment in the manufacture and distribution of this fuel in the global bioproducts and services market.”

Mr Dick said Gevo’s participation in the successful Brisbane Airport trial led to the company considering Queensland as the location for its first biorefinery outside of the United States.

“These ongoing partnerships have the potential to bring even more business to Queensland, as demand for biofuels grows,” he said.

“Having the ability to turn our agriculture waste into sustainable fuel means more jobs in agriculture and biofutures across our regions.”

Gevo Chief Executive Officer Dr Patrick Gruber said Queensland is rich in renewable biomass resources.

“This opportunity opens the door for the development of a project that supplies low carbon gasoline to not only Queensland, but also the possibility to supply commercial quantities of 2G sustainable aviation fuel to the Brisbane Airport,” Mr Gruber said.

“This would expand upon our demonstrations of sustainable aviation fuel supply to commercial airlines, like those conducted with Virgin Australia.”

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Fully loaded timber: CJD Equipment

Direct Pallets & Recycling are working to address the problem of wood waste with sturdy machinery from CJD Equipment.

Virtually every manufacturer deals with the issue of waste timber in the form of pallets. Despite their natural resource status, wood pallets are difficult to dispose of and take up significant landfill space.

According to the NSW EPA, approximately 140,000 tonnes of waste wood pallets and crates are sent to landfill each year in Sydney alone.

That said, the problem of wood waste is not being ignored, with proactive resource recovery work through organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council and private businesses like Direct Pallets & Recycling.

Direct Pallets is a closed loop pallet provider that sells new, near new and fully recycled pallets. To complete the circle, Direct Pallets also shreds excess waste timber to manufacture fully recycled animal bedding, biofuels and garden mulch.

Rob James, Direct Pallets & Recycling Managing Director, says it’s not an over exaggeration to say his company handles a million pallets each year. He adds that 80 per cent of the pallets they sell are manufactured with fully recycled timber.

“Many clients will receive new or recycled pallets through us and then backload our trucks with old pallets for recycling,” Rob says.

Rob started Direct Pallets 25 years ago when he was 23 years old. He says the initial focus was metal recycling, before the company turned its attention to timber.

“Our 10,000-square metre site in Ingleburn NSW handles a near constant flow of trucks, with some dropping pallets off for refurbishing or recycling and others picking new ones up,” he says.

To keep the flow going, Rob says he relies on simple but sturdy equipment.

“We have eight-wheeler hook bin trucks, specialised walking floor trucks, flat top trucks, forklifts, excavators and two large LG946L SDLG wheel loaders,” he explains.

“We purchased the loaders from CJD Equipment after successfully working with them in the past.”

CJD is an Australian owned distributor of construction equipment and trucks for a variety of manufacturing and waste disposal industries.

CJD’s product portfolio includes multiple industry leading brands, such as Volvo, Kenworh, DAF and Fuso.

Rob says being aware of CJD’s long list of international distribution deals made him confident in the company’s ability to provide a loader that met his requirements.

“The SDLG wheel loader is a simple piece of equipment that’s ideal for loading and unloading loose material such as shredded wood.”

The SDLG loader supplied by CJD has high roll buckets, which Direct Pallets uses to load mulch into trucks for transport and reinforce pallet stockpiles.

The wheel loader has a fully certified ROPS-FOPS rollover protection air-conditioned cab, with wraparound pillarless front and rear windscreens for clear visibility.

The SDLG also comes with a standard Volvo compatible quick hitch and general purpose bucket, with a bolt-on cutting edge designed to increase productivity.

According to Rob, the engine is high torque, high performance and fuel efficient, and connects to a tropical cooling package that allows it to work at full capacity in tough conditions.

Rob says he initially brought just one SDLG wheel loader from CJD. However, after watching the machine in action, he went back for a second.

“CJD has been great to work with, not just with supplying the loaders, but also with servicing and after-sales support,” Rob says.

“The comfort of having their back-up was a big influence on our decision to buy the first, and then second SDLG loader.”

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Peterson 2700 Series Grinder

Peterson’s 2710D caters to high production operations for wood and green waste and frequent moves between jobs.

Available through Australian supplier Komatsu Forest, the Peterson 2710D is accessible in five different models, including 4710, 5710 and 6710.

The machine provides the choice of engines of a powerful Caterpillar Tier IV C15 580 horsepower or optional Tier II C18 765 horsepower for export. As a heavy duty and mobile machine, the 2710D offers high throughputs in a reduced size.

Peterson’s three-stage grinding process provides a consistent product and better fracturing of material than previous models. Its patented impact release system airbags provides uniform grinding and protection from contaminated feedstock.

Its large feed opening is ideal for processing odd sized feedstock. The opening is among the largest in its class, measuring in at 60 by 32 inches, and offers a maximum lift of 42 inches.

Urethrane cushions and shear pins aim to protect the mill from catastrophic damage in the event of contaminated feedstock.

The 2710D also features a large grate area that enables it to produce materials to exact specifications. The quick change multiple grate system makes it easy to customise grate configurations and produce a range of finished materials. Grates can be removed through an easy access door on the side wall.