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February 28, 2019   |   Big Rigs


Renewable diesel trial begins in Queensland

Australia's first trial using 100 per cent renewable diesel to fuel a Scania test engine is up and running thanks to the Palaszczuk Government's Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.

Southern Oil's Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant at Yarwun, near Gladstone, is pioneering the refining of renewable diesel fuel made from waste plastic, old vehicle tyres, agriculture and forestry waste, and biosolids.

The high-end Scania V8 test engine is being used in its power generation configuration for the testing - allowing assessment of exhaust emissions, performance and response, fuel efficiency, cost and engine lifetime.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said renewable diesel is a much greener alternative to mineral diesel.

"A state-based renewable fuels industry would underpin Queensland's domestic fuel security for decades to come.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said renewable diesel could eventually be used to power heavy transport, marine and industrial applications.

"There's also a need for diesel generators in Queensland - especially during natural disasters - and generators using engines like this could produce enough electricity to run about 50 domestic houses, using renewable diesel."

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