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Demonstration of market delivery of biodiesel from Indian mustard in NW NSW
Summary This project proposes to rapidly develop mustard cultivars suitable for economically viable biodiesel production. Biodiesel production contributes to a more sustainable farming sector as it is a clean burning alternative fuel produced from renewable crop resources; in this instance, Indian mustard. Biodiesel contains no petroleum but can be blended at any ratio with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compressionignition (diesel) engines with little or no modification. It is biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. The use of biodiesel in existing farm machinery will reduce farm costs, improve the economic viability of associated industries in rural communities and reduce carbon emissions. The development of superior Indian mustard cultivars that meet farmer and industry requirements will be essential to attaining these goals.
Program Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Research organisation The University of Sydney
Objective summary The project will have three objectives, 1) the genetic improvement of mustard for biodiesel production; 2) establishment of the feasibility of producing biodiesel from locally grown mustard in northern NSW and 3) evaluation of the model of regional biodiesel selfsufficiency using the PBI research station located at Narrabri as a pilot case.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, May 30, 2008
Project completion date Thursday, October 20, 2011
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Adoption of R&D
RIRDC goal BBE-Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Principal researcher Richard Trethowan
Research manager Duncan Farquhar
Admin contact Pearly Harumal