Pilot plant to turn sugarcane waste into biofuel in Australia

Queensland University of Technology researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either jet and diesel fuel or chemicals. The patented REACH technology, developed by US parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective drop-in biofuels and bio-chemicals. Support and funding for this project was provided by the Queensland Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.

"Once the pilot is successfully delivered, Mercurius then plans to build a larger demonstration plant, which would scale up production of biofuels and bio-chemical” Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said.

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