Agriculture

2016 Poultry Litter Biochar Trials

We are very pleased to be the recipient of another round of Northern Agriculture Catchments Council’s (NACC’s) Farm Demonstration Grants Scheme. The 2016 poultry litter biochar trials is our third successful application and it’s great to see our local NRM group supporting farmers in the Northern Ag Region doing their own research.

2015 Biochar Trials

Last year we ran a similar trial through the program on Jib JIb Farm in Northampton. The initial aim of the trial was to see ...

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WA Biochar Trials

We are pleased to announce that our application to the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) to run biochar trials has been successful.

The primary aim of the biochar trials is to demonstrate potassium response to the application of wheat straw biochar to soil in a cereal crop.

Australian farmers are burning crop residue to control chemical resistant weeds. Farmers have the opportunity to capture this residue to produce bioenergy and biofuels. To achieve this outcome it is important to understand ...

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Energy Farmers Australia builds WA’s first mobile biochar kiln

Energy Farmers Australia is pleased to announce the development of our first mobile biochar kiln. The kiln has been in the pipeline for well over a year and we have just finished construction. We are in the process of commissioning the unit and expect to have it operating in the the next couple of months.

This unit is mobile and will process approx. 200-300 kg/hour. Initially we will use it to produce biochar for field trials and to demonstrate bioenergy technology ...

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Glenvar Harvest Direct – A bioenergy and weed management tool

The emerging bioenergy industry will create opportunities for farmers to control weeds as farmers look at efficient and cost effective ways to capture biomass such as wheat straw to feed bioenergy projects. In the process, machines like the Glenvar Harvest Direct could be the tool that farmers use to not only harvest this resource but remove weeds seeds from paddocks as well.

Currently most farmers either lay the crop residue in rows and burn it, or use chaff carts to capture ...

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Wheat straw for bioenergy

A case for wheat straw for bioenergy!

West Australian agricultural cropping systems have wheat straw in abundance and at the moment we are not utilising this resource to our and our communities’ advantage. Wheat straw for bioenergy is a feasible option and Energy Farmers is working to develop projects that use wheat straw for bioenergy.

Current situation

Most farmers in Western Australia are cropping year in year out. Wheat, canola and lupins grown in rotation gives farmers the option of using alternative chemicals ...

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Anaerobic Digestion 101

Anaerobic Digestion TankThe Anaerobic digestion process or AD for short uses micro-organisms to break down organic materials in the absence of oxygen to produce biogas and bioenergy.

Stages of anaerobic digestion

The anaerobic digestion process

What is biogas?

Biogas is a gas comprised mainly of methane. Methane is highly combustible and can be used for heating, cooling and electrical generation. See below ...

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Energy Farmers Company Overview

ENERGY FARMERS

Energy Farmers Overview

We are  working with stakeholders to ramp up the bioenergy industry in Australia. Our view is that we need to build the confidence of farmers and feedstock suppliers in bioenergy technology, develop biomass supply chains and ultimately be in a position to supply large amounts of biomass to future bioenergy and biofuels projects across Australia.

For now we are developing small on site solutions that use wastes resources to ...

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Energy Farmers presents at Bioenergy Australia’s annual conference.

Our bioenergy presentation at Bioenergy Australia’s annual conference held in Melbourne on the 25th-27th of November was on the work we have been doing in the bioenergy space. It was great to mix with other industry players and sobering to hear they are all facing the same constraints getting projects off the ground.

Biomass projects are complex needing a lot of different aspects to come together to ensure project success. Financing these projects is an issue, long development times mean ...

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Bioenergy Roadmap – A good plan for the future.

Internationally it has been proven that bioenergy can be a significant player in energy supply. Indeed many developed economies have ambitious plans to increase the contribution of bioenergy in future. Currently bioenergy contributes less that 1% of Australia’s energy supply. Australia must draw from these international experiences and apply them as part of actions required to combat the effects of climate change.

The ‘Australian Bioenergy Roadmap – Setting the direction for biomass in stationary energy to 2020 and beyond” ...

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Biochar in the ground in Western Australia.

May was a busy month for Energy Farmers. Tom Vogan, Wayne Phillips from AV Engineering in Northam and myself spent a week laying down our biochar trials with the grower groups we are working with. Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG), Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group (MMPIG) and North Stirling Pallinup Natural Resources (NSPNRM) all participated in the trails ...

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