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Evaluating biodiesel potential of Australian native plants
Summary It is expected that up to 30 native species be evaluated for their biodiesel production potential. The quality of the oil extracted, the quality of the biodiesel produced, and the fuel efficiency of the manufactured biodiesel will be assessed. This information is critically important in knowing if any of the native species can be used in biodiesel production at any commercial level.

Their fruit yield and general suitability for establishment on various soil conditions will also be assessed, so that relevant species may be promoted to be established in demonstration trials to convince the farmers the practical feasibility of growing biodiesel plants on farms.

Costbenefit analysis of growing any of the identified species will also be performed, but only at a very basic level. This is because, the by products from each species may have additional benefits (eg cake as animal feed), but the real value of these products cannot be fully assessed in this project, as this projects focuses mainly on biodiesel production.

Costbenefit analysis of growing any of the identified species will also be performed, but as a very basic level.
Program Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Research organisation Central Queensland University
Objective summary (a) Identification of potential native species that can produce appreciable amounts of raw materials for biodiesel production, and grow well on degraded and grazing lands of Central Queensland.

(b) Testing the seeds for oil content, and the oil for its quality and biodiesel production

(c) Economic analysis of biodiesel production from native species grown on degraded lands of central Queensland.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Project completion date Monday, January 31, 2011
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal BBE-Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Principal researcher Nanjappa Ashwath
Research manager Duncan Farquhar
Admin contact Sharon Hall