Bio­fuel push cranks up

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AUS­TRALIAN rub­bish will lead a new ethanol drive for trans­port fuel un­der a process de­vel­oped in the US. Rub­bish will move into the fuel front­line in 2014 when the Flex Ethanol Aus­tralia plant comes on­line in Vic­to­ria in a deal that links the Coskata com­pany to a con­sor­tium that in­cludes GM Holden and the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment.

Coskata al­ready has a pi­lot ethanol pro­gram in the US but is us­ing wood chips, not rub­bish. It will switch to full-scale pro­duc­tion in less than two years.

Vic­to­ria will take up the rub­bish col­lec­tion in a deal that could even­tu­ally end the world’s re­liance on po­ten­tial food sources— mostly corn in the US — for au­to­mo­tive fuel.

Coskata vice-pres­i­dent James Fraw­ley told cars­Guide: ‘‘The technology is right to­day. We’re hop­ing that is as soon as the Aus­tralian con­sor­tium moves for­ward’’.

‘‘There is go­ing to be a huge mar­ket. Our technology is cost­com­pet­i­tive with gaso­line as a trans­port fuel.’’

His com­pany rocked the fuel busi­ness when it first an­nounced the rub­bish-to-ethanol plan and its back­ing from Gen­eral Mo­tors, but it has been very quiet since then.

Now Fraw­ley is happy to con­firm the suc­cess of a pi­lot pro­duc­tion plant in the US and the plans to go in­ter­na­tional, not only in Aus­tralia but to other coun­tries in­clud­ing China and Brazil.

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