'Food crops offer fuel for thought' The Courier Mail. 23 November 2013.

'Oranges and lemons, algae, sugarcane and Pongamia seeds could all one day regularly power planes by providing the jet fuel of the future. The aviation industry is partnering with Queensland researchers as the notion of aeroplanes powered by biofuels becomes reality.'

'Lemons fly as the new juice of jet travel' The Australian. 09 October 2013. Read.

'Airplanes powered by lemons might sound like the psychedelic dreams of a back-to-nature hippie, but it is a vision fast becoming reality in a hi-tech scientific laboratory at The University of Queensland. As oil and petrochemicals become scarcer and more expensive, Claudia Vickers, a senior researcher at the Systems and Synthetic Biology Group at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology has turned to lemon peel, sugar cane and yeast bacteria to produce clean and renewable jet fuels of the future.'

'What happened to biofuels?' The Economist. 07 September 2013. Read.

'Scientists have long known how to convert various kinds of organic material into liquid fuel. Trees, shrubs, grasses, seeds, fungi, seaweed, algae and animal fats have all been turned into biofuels to power cars, ships and even planes. As well as being available to countries without tar sands, shale fields or gushers, biofuels can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by providing an alternative to releasing fossil-fuel carbon into the atmosphere. Frustratingly, however, making biofuels in large quantities has always been more expensive and less convenient than simply drilling a little deeper for oil......'

'Ground-breaking Australian study benchmarks biofuel pricing' UQ News. 22 May 2013. Read.

'Ground-breaking Australian research on the viability of aviation biofuels has today been released, at the culmination of almost three years of work by The University of Queensland, James Cook University, The Boeing Company, Virgin Australia, Mackay Sugar and IOR Energy. The results of the unique study as part of the Queensland Sustainable Aviation Fuel Initiative have been published in the international journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining and were presented today at the Boeing-hosted Aero Environment Summit in Sydney.......'

The story was covered in the Sydney Morning Herald here and The Australian here as well as in the Biofuels Digest here.

'Sustainable aviation fuel from sugarcane a step closer' AIBN News. 16 August 2012. Read.

'Moves to use Queensland sugarcane to fuel jets have taken a step forward, with funding for an alliance of researchers and global industry leaders. The Queensland State Government Research Partnerships Program has provided $300,000 to the Queensland Sustainable Aviation Fuels Initiative.......'

'US Navy here to talk biofuels' UQ News. 06 February 2012. Read.

'The United States Navy's Director for Operational Energy today visited The University of Queensland for discussions on UQ's world-leading biofuels research. As the US Department of Defense actively pursues ambitious targets and new “green” fuel sources for its energy requirements, the US Navy's Chris Tindal met biofuels researchers and industry leaders at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at UQ in Brisbane.......'

'Plant power for the planes of tomorrow' The Courier Mail. 19 November 2011. Read.

'Researcher in Queensland have welcomed news that Qantas next year is looking to power its first commercial flgiht using sustainable fuel. "We want the flight to be an inspriation, a preview of a sustainable future for Australian aviation," the airline's boss Alan Joyce said at an Australian Airports Association meeting in Brisbane this week. The University of Queensland is involved in research to create sustainable biofuel for the aviation industry from a number of organic sources.......'

'UQ wins $6.5 million for groundbreaking research projects' UQ News. 07 May 2010. Read.

'A University of Queensland-led global consortium that aims to produce environmentally friendly aviation fuel from algae is one of four UQ research projects awarded a total $6.48 million in State Government funding this week. The grant means UQ's St Lucia campus will become the base for world-first aviation biofuel research, which has airlines Boeing, Virgin Blue and United States-based green energy company Amyris as backers.......'


Useful QSAFI and Biofuel Links





Virgin Australia

IOR Energy

Mackay Sugar Limited

General Electric

James Cook University, School of Marine and Tropical Biology

Professor Rocky de Nys

Associate Professor Kirsten Heimann

University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Biosciences

Associate Professor Ben Hankamer

University of Queensland, Centre for Integrative Legume Research

Professor Peter Gresshoff

University of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Dr. Ralph Dietzgen

Professor Robert Henry

Biofuel News

Biofuels Digest

New Energy World Network

Biofuel Links

Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Biofuels Association of Australia

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Algae Based Process Model

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Sugarcane Fermentation Process Model

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