The Feasibility Study will explore the viability of converting hardwood sawmill residue into higher value energy products.
How the project works
Sawmill and forest residues accounts for a major underutilised resource in the hardwood industry. The Feasibility Study will explore the technical and financial viability of building a second generation Hardwood Residue Bio-refinery to convert this residue into renewable liquid fuels and industry feedstocks. The Hardwood Residue Bio-refinery project will also explore the potential regulatory hurdles to developing biorefineries in rural New South Wales.
The technology being explored has been developed by a Spanish-based technology company, Global Ecofuel Solutions SL.
Area of innovation
The Global Ecofuel Solutions SL technology uses low temperature and pressure mechanical catalytic conversion to break long chain hydrocarbon molecules into shorter chain liquid hydrocarbon products such as avgas, diesel and bitumen.
This is a highly specialised process and has yet to be developed into a full production scale facility.
ARENA will be working closely with Boral Timber to assess elements of the Feasibility Study to develop a knowledge sharing portfolio on the progress and lessons learnt over the course of study.
If successful, the Feasibility Study could lead to the construction of a second generation biorefinery in rural NSW with the potential to convert up to 50,000 tonnes of sawmill residues from its Herons Creek hardwood sawmill, near Port Macquarie, into renewable diesel and bitumen.
The application of this technology has the potential to transform the way we use low value hardwood sawmill residues into a resource that could be highly valuable to industry.
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