Australian-first biofuel demonstration facility in NSW

Overdrive News by David Brown

Biofuel 600The Federal Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian bio-fuel company Ethanol Technologies.

Ethtec plans to construct a $30 million purpose-built facility in the Hunter Valley, expected to produce 270,000 litres of biofuel per annum – with the aim of making the technology available to the commercial market within five years.

The company is seeking to make advanced biofuels a viable option to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions particularly in the transport industry, which contributes up to 16% of Australia’s total emissions.

The global market for biofuels or ethanol is in the region of 100 billion litres but by 2050 the International Energy Agency estimates that demand will increase to over 900 billion litres.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto