Bioenergy

Biochar Emission Testing

We are very pleased to announce that we have received funding from Innovation Centre WA to conduct biochar emission testing on our pyrolysis process. The biochar emissions testing is very important in the commercialisation of our technology and will provide invaluable feedback going forward.

We are focusing the biochar emission testing on two industries where our technology could be utilised, poultry farms and waste water treatment. This funding will enable us to perform biochar emissions testing on sewage sludge and ...

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Building a Biochar Kiln

Building a Biochar Kiln – Lessons Learn’t

Drivers

Firstly, we were engaged by Chandala Poultry to design a system that would recover the energy from chicken litter the farm produces and use it to meet the farms energy requirements. We did look at other bioenergy technologies including anaerobic digestion but decided, after consultation with the owner, on pyrolysis.

Secondly, technologies to produce biochar in Australia are either too big, needing thousands of tonnes of feedstock to be viable and ...

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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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Biochar Workshop – Elmore Victoria

Biochar learning in the bush.

We recently attended a biochar workshop held in Elmore Victoria, Australia. The 2 day event run by the Kyneton Transition Hub and Bendigo Sustainability Group attracted a diverse crowd with a range of experience in the production and use of biochar.

Dr Stephen Joseph and Dr Paul Taylor ran proceedings and shared their knowledge. Attendees were treated to some of the latest findings in biochar research as well as some “hands on” practical ...

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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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The future is now – John Deere to develop a tractor to run on 100% veg oil

John Deere Germany has launched a new biofuels project (Praxtrax) that aims to develop a tractor that will run on 100% vegetable oil.

While this move will have its own issues in terms of the food for fuel debate, it highlights the fact that the world is moving to more sustainable supplies of fuel and energy.

Our vision at Energy Farmers Australia is that farmers are at the forefront of this emerging bioenergy industry and use their currently underused resources such as ...

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Mid West Waste to Energy Project – Testing for energy.

All wastes contain energy.

Organic energy is produced when an organic waste is converted into a fuel, such as methane. The process helps us reduce environmental damage because it recovers a valuable resource (methane) and reduces pollution in the atmosphere. Inorganic energy is produced when high calorific materials, such as plastics, are recovered. The plastics used to generate inorganic energy are most often those that can’t be recycled.

As part of stage one of EFA’s Mid West Waste to Energy Project Development ...

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