Second Generation Feedstocks for Biofuels Suitable for Production in North West Victoria
Italian Australian Foundation
Environment & Sustainability, Automotives
Skills deficiencies exist in the biodiesel industry in both experience and qualification pathways. The report notes the absence of extensive knowledge in biodiesel production; sourcing, selection and grading of suitable feedstocks; product grading and quality assurance mechanisms. To address these skills deficiencies comprehensively, the Fellowship program included meetings in Rome, Florence, Verona and culminated at the Second International Symposium on Energy from Waste and Biomass in Venice.
Findings from this report affirms the need to ensure that Victoria engages in technologies such as microalgae to oil technologies. These technologies are suited for exploitation in regional Victorian economies where climate, saline water and carbon sources can be sourced. Moreover, the report highlights the need for there to be a catalyst facility (trial farm) where skills can be transferred from academic research to production techniques. Industry collaboration will be necessary as the body of knowledge expands and mainstream/common processes are developed.