Why Biomass?

According to the International Energy Agency, biomass has been and will continue to be the largest contributor to the world’s renewable energy in the near future – more than the sum of all other renewables.

Energy from biomass has many benefits including:

  • biomass is amongst the cheapest renewables available
  • biomass is widely available in almost every part of the world
  • biomass is the only renewable resource that can be used to directly produce liquid fuels for transport purposes
  • biomass can be used to generate base-load electricity.

The use of biomass to create a Bioenergy /Biofuel Industry will be an important way of regional development, for both developed and developing countries.

Renergi Pty Ltd only develops and commercialises bioenergy and biofuel technologies for the clean utilisation of non-food lignocellulosic biomass resources. Renergi does not develop or commercialise technologies utilising potential food products as a feedstock to generate electricity or to produce fuels.

Renergi firmly believes that it can only be a world leader in renewable energy technologies if its technologies can score highly in all of the following:

  • sustainability
  • social responsibility
  • economic competiveness

Renergi’s technologies will be able to accept a wide range of biomass feedstocks.  Our current technology development is focused on two types of biomass:

  • Mallee Biomass - Mallee is an indigenous plant in Australia. Its behaviour during the thermochemical conversion differs little from any other woody biomass such as pine. Mallee trees are currently planted to combat dryland salinity, which is the single biggest threat to the future sustainability of our agriculture and regional communities. Our technologies will find a commercial use of mallee trees, giving farmers their well-deserved financial return for planting these trees. By providing commercially competitive clean bioenergy and biofuels, our technologies will make the planting of mallee a sustainable means (both environmentally and financially) to fight the devastating dryland salinity problems.
  • Straw - This is a typical agricultural “waste”. In Western Australia (WA), we focus on wheat straw.

WA can develop sufficient biomass resources that can be used with our technologies to generate electricity and to produce biofuels and chemicals to give an annual GDP at a magnitude similar to the GDP of the current agriculture in Western Australia, while avoiding tens of millions of tons of CO2. This emerging bioenergy / biofuel industry will also create thousands of jobs in regional WA.

Our technologies can be deployed to many parts of the world.

 

Read more about mallee biomass:

  • Y. Yu, J. Bartle, C.-Z. Li and H. Wu, Mallee Biomass as a Key Bioenergy Source in Western Australia: Importance of Biomass Supply Chain, ENERGY & FUELS, 2009, Volume 23, Pages 3290-3299.
  • J. R. Bartle and A. Abadi, Toward Sustainable Production of Second Generation Bioenergy Feedstocks, ENERGY & FUELS, 2010, Volume 24, Pages 2-9.

Renergi is a start-up private company established in 2012 to commercialise a suite of renewable energy technologies developed in the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. The current technology focus at Renergi include biomass gasification for distributed power and heat generation, biomass pyrolysis and refinery for the production of biochar, bio-oil and advanced biofuels, and co-firing of biomass with coal in the existing coal-fired power stations.

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