Gladstone $16m project to see State lead in biofuels

A LEADING academic in the field of biocommodities believes yesterday's announcement will make Queensland a leader in the advanced biofuels industry.

Queensland University of Technology lead researcher of biofuels and bioproducts Ian O'Hara said it was not only positive for Gladstone but also Queensland.

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"Don't forget the value it generates for the sugar cane industry across growing, harvesting and milling," said the principal research fellow from QUT's Mackay biofuel pilot plant.

"Long term the (sugar industry) needs to diversify to be more financially viable and get more than just sugar from the crop."

He said the proposed plant would be different to any others in the world.

"These are direct drop in fuels and used in aviation fuels and military fuels," he said.

"The advanced fuels are a bit more complex, but worth more money and add another option for sugar producers to value add to their crops."



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