Queensland biofuel taking world stage

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Australian-first trials of biojet fuel and 100 per cent renewable diesel biofuel will be some of the innovative Queensland projects on show at the 2019BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.

Now in its 16th year, the event is being held in Des Moines, Iowa on July 8-11. In attendance are more than 900 people representing over 570 companies from 35 countries.

Queensland is the only Australian state government represented at the event, which is a forum to share the latest advancements in biofuels, synthetic biology, food ingredients, enzymes and renewable chemicals.

The Queensland Government’s partnership with Virgin Australia, Gevo, Inc., Brisbane Airport, DB Schenker and Caltex has resulted in a biojet fuel trial comprising more than 700 domestic and international flights and over one million kilometres travelled.

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And in February this year, Southern Oil subsidiary SynBio, out of Gladstone, partnered with global OEM Scania to successfully trial 100 per cent renewable diesel in truck engines.

QUT Professor and Queensland Biofutures Envoy Ian O’Hara, who is leading a research delegation to the BIO World Congress, said the state’s strong presence at the event speaks volumes to the industry worldwide.

“The fact we have a Queensland pavilion at BIO, and that we have representation from two levels of government, our universities, and from local industry, makes our intentions to become a global bio leader clear,” Prof. O’Hara said.

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During his trade mission, Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick will be meeting with leading global companies looking to invest in Queensland, and visiting a number of Iowan manufacturing plants and agriculture operations to see two of the state’s key industries in action.

“It’s a market expected to be worth US$1.1 trillion by 2022, and we want to capture our share of that investment,” Mr Dick said.