Expressions of interest are open under a new $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund) aimed at helping companies find innovative ways to convert waste into bio-based products.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the aim was to make Queensland a world leader in the re-manufacturing of materials to turn waste into bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts.
This includes utilising household food and green waste, tyres and plastics, recovered fats and oils from restaurants, and biosolids from sewerage treatment plants.
“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,” Mr Dick said.
“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.
“We’re already doing this at pilot plants where we’re converting a variety of feedstocks like sugarcane waste into biofuels.”
Expressions of interest can be made via the W2B Fund webpage (www.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/w2b-fund) until 5pm, April 8, 2019.
It is anticipated the initial projects selected will be funded within the first half of 2019.