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New Zealand’s bio­fuel in­dus­try be­gan six years ago when, in 2007 and 2008, Gull and Mo­bil re­spec­tively started to take ad­van­tage of the Ethanol Ex­cise Ex­emp­tion in­tro­duced by the Govern­ment (still ap­pli­ca­ble to­day). In 2009, the The Biodiesel Grants Scheme was launched with a 42.5 cents per litre sub­sidy. Un­for­tu­nately, when this life sup­port was re­moved last May the sec­tor had not yet gained suf­fi­cient mo­men­tum to sup­ply bio­fu­els to the mass mar­ket na­tion­wide. De­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties, Gull con­tin­ues to of­fer bio­fuel blended fu­els in the North Is­land, made from a nat­u­ral byprod­uct of the dairy in­dus­try’s ac­tiv­ity. Z En­ergy also re­cently put

Gull bio­fu­els are made from a by-prod­uct of the dairy in­dus­try, and sourced from Fon­terra.

its hat in the bio­fuel ring, with a pos­si­ble $15 mil­lion in­vest­ment to de­velop the po­ten­tial of con­vert­ing tal­low from the meat in­dus­try to biodiesel, with po­ten­tial pro­duc­tion of up to 20m litres a year. New player Green Fu­els NZ has pur­chased the biodiesel busi­ness from Solid En­ergy, so there is clearly still keen in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing this sec­tor fur­ther. De­vel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion of bio­fu­els is un­der­way, prin­ci­pally sourced from woody biomass. The tech­nol­ogy is still years away from reach­ing the mar­ket, but wood milling com­pa­nies like Norske Skog and Carters are ac­tively look­ing at con­vert­ing their fa­cil­i­ties to bio­fuel pro­duc­tion, backed with re­search from the for­mer Crown Re­search In­sti­tute Scion.

Dr Ian Suck­ling pic­tured in front of a pilot plant be­ing used in re­search to con­vert

chipped Pi­nus ra­di­ata (in hands) into liq­uid fu­els at Scion. Photo: Alan Gib­son.

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