Biofuel Research Institutes in Australia

A list of biofuel research institutes in Australia is given below:10450151_680657768650710_5470902751896477621_n

1. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency. Its Energy Flagship aims at developing 1) cost competitive low emission energy from coal and 2) algal biodiesel as a means to return to natural resources for energy production.

2. South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)

SARDI is based in Adelaide and focuses on the research and development of new and improved feedstocks from crops, microalgae and other sources for biofuel production. Its Biofuels Group is looking forward to developing a National Photobioreactor Facility in South Australia with the help of National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), a Commonwealth Government run program.

3. Biofuels Research Institute (BRI)

This nonprofit organization conducts technology development studies for conversion of 1) biomass and other waste streams into biofuels 2) biodiesel waste products into high value chemicals 3) syngas into olefins and 4) crude glycerol from biodiesel production into glycerol ethers and motor oil. Through its macro- market analysis also the organization contributes to the growth of the biofuel industry.

4. Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

This independent, non-government organization was established in 1976 in Melbourne as the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences. It focuses on the promotion of the development and application of technology to improve the sustainability of biofuels and to reduce the carbon footprint of Australia’s energy supplies.

5. Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

Affiliated with The University of Queensland, Brisbane, this multi disciplinary research institute’s core research area is microbial engineering, systems and synthetic biology. It focuses on the development of biofuel technology to turn agricultural waste such as bagasse from sugarcane into advanced drop- in aviation fuels.

6. The Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI)

Is a collaboration involving C.S.I.R.O, three international universities and six Australian Universities with an aim to make solar thermal energy compete with other sources of renewable and traditional energy. It also targets to lower the cost of solar thermal power to 12 cents a kilowatt hour by 2020, thereby ensuring Australia’s global lead in the field of concentrating solar thermal (CST) power technologies.

7. Australian Biofuels Research Institute (ABRI)

ABRI was established in 2010 with an objective to develop 1) environmentally friendly fuels from algae and 2) biofuels that are chemically identical to fossil fuels. In the first round of projects, the institute’s focus area is the development of biocrude from algae by capturing carbon from power generating plants and also production of algae as a food for both animals and human beings. Based at the James Cook University in Queensland the institute was transferred to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in July 2012.

8. Syngenta Centre for Sugarcane Biofuels Development (SCSBD)

SCSBD is a collaborative research program of Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) of Queensland University Technology, Syngenta Biotechnology Inc and Farmacule Bioindustries Ltd. This multidisciplinary project aims to develop technologies for the conversion of sugarcane bagasse into bioethanol.The Centre is also working on production of large quantities of the cellulase enzymes and technology development for enzyme extraction from sugarcane.

9. Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, University of Western Australia (COEPEB)

This Australian Research Council (ARC) centre focuses on understanding and enhancing plant energy systems for greater yield in the face of harsh and changing environments.

10. Algae R&D Centre, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch (VLS)

The centre conducts researches and training on algae and seagrasses. The centre’s main focus is the development of commercial-scale algal production and also the production of algae biofuels using saline algae.

11. Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology (MACRO)

MACRO is a James cook University research centre. It aims to develop and commercialise marine and freshwater macroalgae for fuel, feed and fertiliser application.

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  1. Hemamalini says:

    A very comprehensive web site on biofuels. Relevant for the novice as well as a biofuel professional. A ready reference on the subject. Please keep updating…

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