Four innovative bioenergy projects and the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, were awarded top honours at the inaugural Bioenergy Innovation Awards Dinner held at the State Library of Queensland.
The awards showcased innovative bio-based alternatives for heat, power and liquid fuels and how these projects are taking significant steps towards seeing the multi-billion investment potential of the sector.
Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie said bioenergy is the subject of considerable interest and investment worldwide due to its enormous potential to reduce carbon emissions and drive a more sustainable energy future.
“The awards are recognition for the terrific breadth and scope of the bioenergy project work being undertaken across Australia,” she says.
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“The awarded projects challenge the status quo of the energy sector, build on the early pioneering work and showcase the potential for Australia to be a world-class bioenergy player.”
The five major winners are:
Government Leadership Award – Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
Under the Premier’s leadership, a 10-year Roadmap and Action Plan (The Plan) has been developed by the Queensland Government to support the growth of Queensland’s bio-economy, showing how the state could be established as a premium location.
The Plan has already identified 15 current projects that represent a potential investment of around $1.4 billion and 2,500 new jobs in rural and regional communities if they progress as planned.
“The integrated approach is paving the way for Australia to develop a sustainable, export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector by 2026,” McKenzie says.
“The plan shows a pathway which recognises Queensland’s mix of natural resources, skilled workforces, world-class research and development and supporting supply chain industries.”
Large-Scale Bioenergy Innovation Award – Biogas Renewables (WA)
A first of its kind project for Australia converting food waste to energy has received top honours in the large-scale category. Perth-based Biogass Renewables has commissioned a plant that will take between 35,000 and 50,000 tonnes per annum of food waste, which is capable of producing between 2.4MW – 2.6MW of energy.
Small-Scale Bioenergy Innovation Award – Meredith Dairy (VIC)
Meredith Dairy was given the gong for its successful demonstration of a holistic, integrated solution at small scale. Their project replaced their gas boiler unit with a boiler fuelled by sustainably sourced biomass materials using wood chips.
Community Leadership Award – Pyrenees Shire Council (VIC)
Pyrenees Shire Council in regional Victoria was recognised for its large-scale collaborative project that focused on converting straw and straw pellets to energy.
Research Leadership Award – Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment
A large-scale national collaboration of states, industry and universities has created the platform the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment to enable better links between biomass suppliers and end users. The platform will support local businesses to get more value from organic material.
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