Queensland opens biofutures funding


In Queensland, proposals are being accepted for the $5-million, Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund aimed at cultivating technologies that convert waste into useful products and create jobs in the state.

Feedstocks can include food and household wastes, tires, plastics, fats and oils, and biosolids from sewage treatment facilities.

“The Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund offers grants from $50,000 to $1 million to develop pilot, demonstration or commercial-scale projects that produce bio-based products instead of conventional fossil fuel-based products,” Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick tells Energy Magazine.  “The fund will support projects that transform carbon-rich waste from agriculture, food processing, construction and industrial processes into bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts. Through this initiative we’ll see innovative waste processing technologies emerge that are scalable and can be deployed statewide, particularly in regional areas of Queensland.”

Applicants are required to provide cofounding that matches or exceeds the awarded grant. The funds could be used to purchase and install equipment or for collaborative research projects. Expressions of interest can be submitted at www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/w2b-fund until April 8th.