‘‘This technology can go anywhere in the world. There are governments looking at Coskata technology as well.’’
The Victorian plant could eventually turn up to one million tonnes of household, industrial and building waste into 200 million litres of ethanol each year, for use in the E85 fuel being rolled out across the country with backing from Holden.
The Commodore is already E85 compatible and Holden is committed to the fuel for all future models.
‘‘We’re in a position to now move to the next stage of the process, which is scaling up to a commercial design and full-scale processes,’’ Frawley says.
He forecasts that ethanol-from-rubbish plants have the potential to eventually supply half of the world’s transport fuel needs without any impact on food or land use.
Big market: some of the junk that can be used to produce the new fuel without affecting food or land.