A New NCRIS Biofuels Research Pilot Plant is Launched
9 March 2011
The NCRIS Biofuels Research Pilot Plant is the first semi-automated, continuous-flow kilo-scale research facility of its kind in Australia. The plant will look at how biomass - particularly woody plant matter - can be used to produce chemicals used in the likes of food, fragrances and plastics and fuels more efficiently. These are abundant and high in celluloses but contain lignin that envelops the cellulose and makes it difficult to break down.
It was officially opened this month by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella. The plant will be operated jointly by Professor Brian Haynes' research group within the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and researchers from the School of Chemistry, led by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer.