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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Muradel Pty Ltd

    Location

    Whyalla, South Australia
    Western Australia

    ARENA Program

    Emerging Renewables Program

  • Start Date

    January 2013

    Status

    Past

  • Project Partners
    None
    This bioenergy project was completed on 18 June 2016.

Summary

Australia and the broader global community are searching for viable, sustainable alternatives to fossil oil as future sources of liquid fuels, and to develop superior solutions to biofuels currently produced from food crops such as corn-based ethanol and biodiesel from palm oil.

Key results

Muradel was able to build and operate a demonstration scale facility to assess the commercial feasibility of converting microalgae to biocrude. Muradel successfully demonstrated that an energy positive biofuel could be produced from micoralgae and that the carbon footprint was less than the derived equivalent fuel. However biofuels could not be produced at parity with fossil fuels using microalgae as the biomass feedstock demonstrating that significant barriers exist to the economic production of algal biofuels.

A major outcome from the project was the development of Muradel’s proprietary HTL technology, which is able to transform a wide range of organic feedstocks to biofuels and specialty chemicals. Muradel’s current focus is in converting low cost feedstocks (renewable waste sources) to renewable fuels and chemicals.

Last updated
29 January 2021
Last updated 29 January 2021
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