Building bioprocesses for sustainable fuel and food
E10 is regular unleaded petrol blended with 10% ethanol. E10 is a safe and reliable fuel, compatible with most petrol-powered cars on the road today.
Ethanol is a colourless alcohol that can be made by fermenting starch. Left over materials from food crop production can be a low cost source for sustainable ethanol production.
24 billion litres of diesel is consumed each year in Australia and makes up 40% of our transport fuel. Biodiesel is a low carbon alternative for any diesel engine. Trucks, tractors, or generators can be readily run on biodiesel.
Used cooking oil can be readily converted into biodiesel, helping to reduce waste oils in landfills or in aquatic environments. Biodiesel is also biodegradable, reducing contamination risks when used in agriculture or pristine environments like ski-fields.
Hydrogen is the only fuel that produces zero carbon. Only water vapour is produced from combustion. It is the ultimate sustainable future fuel but there are many technical challenges in commercialising this energy. Our goal is to produce safe storage and systems for low cost hydrogen use in domestic cooking.
Methane, by weight, has had a 20 times greater impact on climate change than carbon dioxide over the last 100 years. Anaerobic fermentation is a straightforward and traditional method to process organic waste into this usable fuel for cooking gas.