Biogas-solar power plant at AJ Bush rendering facility gets $500,000

A BIOGAS-solar power plant in the scenic rim is one of six new bio projects to receive funding from the Palaszczuk government.

The projects, valued at more than $22 million, will receive the first grants from the government's Queensland Waste to Biofutures fund.

A biogas-solar power plant at AJ Bush rendering facility will provide power to the premises and the grid

A biogas-solar power plant at AJ Bush rendering facility will provide power to the premises and the grid

The plant project has been given $500,000.

The plant, to be built at the AJ Bush rendering facility in Bromelton, will provide power for the premises and the grid.

State development minister Cameron Dick said $1.9 million has been awarded to six businesses and universities innovating in the waste-to-bioproducts space, with around 85 jobs to be created during construction and operation of the projects.

"Queensland is leading the way when it comes to turning waste streams into high-value bio products with environmental benefits," Mr Dick said.

"These six projects will create biogas, syngas and fertiliser replacements, and energy to run industrial plants and charge electric vehicles, but most importantly, they'll create more jobs for Queenslanders.

"When Deb Frecklington and the LNP were last in power, they cut the Queensland Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund, an initiative introduced by Labor to help develop emissions-reducing technology locally.

"In contrast, the Palaszczuk government is committed to creating a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector here in Queensland that promotes investment and supports jobs."

Environment and science minister Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk government was led the way towards a sustainable future.

"These projects demonstrate our strong leadership and support for initiatives that help create the industries and jobs of the future and improve economic and environmental sustainability," Ms Enoch said.

"It is important we take these steps now in moving towards a more sustainable future so we can support our future generations."

Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie said the W2B Fund was helping Queensland companies advance some exciting projects.

"These projects have enormous potential to attract investment in the bioenergy sector and create jobs," Ms McKenzie said.

"Bioenergy is attracting considerable interest worldwide due to its enormous potential to reduce carbon emissions and drive a more sustainable energy future."

W2B Fund recipients and their projects

  • BE Power Solutions ($500,000): Biogas-solar power plant at AJ Bush rendering facility Bromelton, Scenic Rim, providing power for the facility and the grid
  • Wildfire Energy ($500,000): Waste-to-energy demonstration project in Redbank Plains, Ipswich, which will convert feedstocks into syngas, enabling the production of renewable electricity, hydrogen and chemicals
  • Energy360 ($363,500): Bioenergy plant and electric vehicle (EV) charging station with future potential to power Bundaberg Regional Council waste-recovery trucks
  • Nilwaste Energy ($250,000): Demonstration plant at QUT's industrial testing facility in Banyo to convert waste into bioenergy
  • Pearl Global ($250,000): Project at Staplyton on the Gold Coast producing bioenergy from waste gas
  • University of Southern Queensland ($50,000): Toowoomba project to create granulated organomineral fertilisers from biosolids

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