Biofuel options for central and northern Australia

Biofuel options for central and northern Australia

The Northern Territory has a strategic objective of reducing the reliance of remote communities on diesel for stationary energy. Biofuels (especially biodiesel) represent a promising alternative fuel especially for remote communities, as it requires no modifications in existing diesel engines.However, further research and studies are required in the NT to explore issues such as:potential biofuel options including plants, waste streams and algae; novel methods, optimisation techniques and experimental instruments to investigate the effect of different biofuel blends on existing diesel generators and vehicle fleets in remote communities; modelling and simulation of hybrid bio-fuelled diesel engines to investigate the practicality and trade-offs for remote communities; and policy and economic studies to inform the widespread deployment in remote communities of any identified solution.

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