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Bioenergy Australia Conference 2016




14 - 16 NOVEMBER 2016

Bioenergy Australia's premier bioenergy conference, Bioenergy Australia 2016 was a resounding success with an increase in numbers, exhibitors and sponsors. Bioenergy Australia would like to thank all those involved in making this year's event a huge success.  Thank you to our Sponsors, our exhibitors, our speakers and our delegates.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Bioenergy Australia event in 2017 and of course to Bioenergy Australia 2017.

Bioenergy Australia 2016 was held at the Mercure Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, from Monday 14 November - Tuesday 15 November 2016 with a technical tour on Wednesday, 16 November.

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The Conference was scheduled to link with the IEA Bioenergy EXCO Meetings that were held in Rotorua, New Zealand in the previous week. As a result, we were delighted to welcome  several international speakers and delegates to our event representing over 20 countries.

Use this page to access materials from the Conference. 



Poster Presenters

Sponsors and Trade Exhibitors

Technical Tour Details and Photographs

Contact for Queries

 Event Photographs

IEA Bioenergy Task Presentations

IEA Bioenergy Tech Tours (Task 37 and Task 42)

Plans for 2017

List of Delegates

Media Coverage

Program and Presentations



Presentations from Bioenergy Australia 2016 are available ONLY to those attending the Conference although as is traditional with the Bioenergy Australia Conference, some keynote presentations and IEA Bioenergy Presentations are freely available.



DAY ONE: Monday, 14 November 2016
07:30 – 17:30 Registration Open
09:00 – 10:35 SESSION ONE:  Day One Plenary – Framework for Bioenergy Chair: Colin Stucley, Chelsea Room
09:00 – 09:05 Welcome Colin Stucley, Chair of Bioenergy Australia & Stephen Schuck, CEO of Bioenergy Australia
09:05 – 09:20 Official Opening The Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
09:20 – 09:45 Queensland’s Biofutures Revolution Michael Burke, Department of State Development
09:45 – 10:10 Financing Bioenergy in Australia: Experience and Insights from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Henry Anning, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
10:10 – 10:35 ARENA’s Activities in Bioenergy Matthew Walden, ARENA
10:35 – 11:00  Morning Tea and Poster Presentations in the Exhibition Area 
1100 -  1300 SESSION TWO:  Day One Plenary – Bioenergy Perspectives Chair: Colin Stucley, Chelsea Room
1100 - 1120 Life Cycle GHG Assessments of Cellulosic Ethanol Concepts Jesper H Kløverpris, Novozymes, Denmark
1120 - 1140 *The Potential of Drop-In Biofuels and Biomass-to-Biojet in Particular (modified version available), John N Saddler, University of British Columbia, Canada
1140 - 1200 *Bioenergy in Austria Manfred Wörgetter,  Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH, Austria
1200 - 1220 *Overview of Advances in United States’ Bioenergy Arena James J Spaeth, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden, United States of America
1220 - 1240 *The Role of Bioenergy in a Low Carbon Economy Kees Kwant, Chairman IEA Bioenergy, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands
1240 - 1300 Prospects for Thermo-Chemical Conversion of Biogenic Resources in Australia Marc Stammbach, Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia
1300 – 14:00  Lunch and Networking – Exhibition and Posters in the Exhibition Area
NOTE - Presentations marked with ' * ' are IEA Bioenergy related.































Presentations from the following sessions are available to delegates only given that there is a cost to attend the Conference:


Post the 2016 Conference, attending delegates will have received a direct link to these presentations.

If you would like access to any or all of the presentations and did not attend the conference, contact for further details including costs and Terms and Conditions (note - BA Members received reduced rates on Conference Materials).



The National Team Leaders for Tasks 37, 38, 39, 42 and 43 each presented a Task Update at the Conference.  ARENA funding contributes to the fees payable for Australia's participation in these Tasks.  As such, the presentations made by the NTL's and other IEA Bioenergy task participants are openly provided below as follows:




The ABBA Project (Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment Project) is an ARENA funded project and as such, the presentations relating to ABBA are also made widely available.

Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment, with contributions from:

  • Julie Bird, Rural Industries R&D Corporation
  • Dave Rogers, Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
  • Mary Lewitzka, RenewablesSA
  • Kelly Wickham, Sustainability Victoria
  • Martin Moroni, Private Forests Tasmania
  • Kelly Bryant, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
  • Fabiano Ximenes, NSW Department of Industry
  • Ana Belgun, Data61 CSIRO
  • Rebecca Dengate, Data61 CSIRO
  • Phil Hobson, Queensland University of Technology, Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan, University of the Sunshine Coast




The following Posters were on display at Bioenergy Australia 2016:

POSTER COMPETITION WINNER 2016 - Congratulations to Jo-Anne Blinco, Wilmar, who won the Best Poster Competition and took away the $550 prize.

Poster winner 2016















Thank you to our Event Sponsors and Trade and Services Exhibitors.


Platinum Sponsor - Department of State Development

Gold Sponsor-CEFC

Gold Sponsor - Beasley's / Putzmeister

Old Government Logo CEFC logo Beasleys Logo 
Silver Sponsor   | Silver Sponsor   |  Silver Sponsor    |
QUT logo
Conf. Dinner Sponsor | Delegate Lanyard Sponsor | Name Badge Sponsor  |
HZIA logo


 HRS Environmental  



A Selection of photographs from the Conference are available below.


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Articles and media coverage of the event included interviews and articles produced by some of our speakers:

What is Australia’s biofuel future?”, Ed de Jong, Avantium and Geoff Bell, Microbiogen, Ecogeneration, 28 Oct 2016

"Biogas: The ugly duckling of Renewable Energy", Jason Hawley Finn Biogas, Inside Waste Magazine, 27 Oct 2016 

"Is Australia ready for EfW?", Joyanne Manning, Arup, Inside Waste Magazine, 2 November 2016

International biogas experts converge in Queensland”, Inside Waste Magazine, 3 November 2016.

IEA Bioenergy Task 42 - Biorefining Group Trip to Mackay - Daily Mercury - 'Fuelling a future for industry - bio-refiners visit pilot plant', 17 Nov 2016.











IEA Bioenergy Task 37 - Biogas Group visit to Toowoomba - "Talking Biogas", The Chronicle, 25 Nov 2016. 

Talking Biogas Article



















'Growing a sustainable biogas sector in Australia', Inside Waste Magazine (A/Prof Bernadette McCabe), 11 December 2016.


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Bioenergy Australia 2016 included a technical tour of the following locations:

  • Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (CSIRO)
  • UQ Pinjarra Hills – Algal biofuels and solar biofuels
  • XXXX Brewery Milton - Anaerobic digestion
  • Ecotech Biodiesel Narangba
  • Visy Gibson Island - Fluidised bed combustor/AD


Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (CSIRO)


CSIRO BA 2016 

UQ Pinjarra Hills - Algal biofuels and solar biofuels


UQ Algae BA 2016 

XXXX Brewery Milton - Anaerobic Digestion


 XXXX Brewery BA 2016

Ecotech Biodiesel


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Visy Gibson Island - Fluidised bed combustor/AD


Visy site visit



As part of Bioenergy Australia 2016 two of the five IEA Bioenergy Tasks in which Australia participates held their Annual Planning Meetings in Australia. Each Task Group was also able to combine the meeting with local site visits - IEA Bioenergy Task 37 - Biogas, visited Toowoomba while IEA Bioenergy Task 42 - Biorefining, visited Mackay.


  • IEA Bioenergy TASK 37 - Biogas - Task Meeting in Toowoomba and visit to Oakey Beef Exports Anaerobic Digestor Plant

 Task 37 visit to Toowoomba


The Task 37 Group was hosted by the University of Southern Queensland National Cente for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA).  

At the conclusion of the two day meeting Task 37 representatives had a tour the biogas facility at NH Foods Oakey Beef Exports (OBEX). OBEX, based in Queensland’s Darling Downs is one of Australia’s largest beef processing plants. It is an award winning, vertically integrated supply chain business which has implemented a number of innovative processes including the installation of an innovative-designed covered high rate anaerobic lagoon (COHRAL) to capture biogas from the plants wastewater which is used to replace natural gas in its boilers.  

The Task 37 Group extends its thanks to all those who made their trip to to Toowoomba possible and for the great welcome they received there


  • IEA Bioenergy TASK 42 - Biorefining - Task Meeting in Mackay and Visits to local MacKay Bio Developments

Task42 visit to Mackay












The Task 42 Biorefining Group was hosted by the Department of State Development and Mackay Regional Council Economic Development Program. The Group visited the following local bio related locations:

  • Wilmar Ethanol Distillery, Plane Creek Mill, Sarina - Wilmar Bio-Ethanol’s Distillery in Queensland produces 60 million litres of ethanol per year. The distillery produces ethanol (ethyl alcohol) by fermenting molasses, a by-product of sugar production. The biodunder produced is used as a liquid fertilizer rich in potassium used in Sarina, Mackay, Proserpine and the Burdekin. Bioethanol goes into: fuel; food and beverages; aerosols and cleaning products; pharmaceuticals, toiletries and cosmetics; printing; paints and surface coatings.
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Biocommodities Plant, Racecourse Mill site, Mackay - The facility offers a unique pilot scale research and development infrastructure for the conversion of cellulosic biomass into renewable transport fuels and high-value biocommodities in an integrated bio refinery. The QUT Mackay Renewable Bio commodities Pilot Plant was established in 2010 with $3.1 million in funding from the Queensland Government.

    The facility is located at the Racecourse Sugar Mill and tests the commercial viability of innovative products and processes within a factory setting. QUT Bio-commodities plant aims to link innovations in product and process development with the assessment of commercial viability to enhance the uptake of this technology in Australia. environments/facilities/mackay-renewable- biocommodities-pilot-plant

  • Mackay Sugar Cogen Plant at Mackay Sugar Ltd., Racecourse Mill, Mackay - 38 megawatt Racecourse Cogeneration Plant produces enough renewable energy to power about 30 per cent of Mackay. The plant is also reducing Queensland's greenhouse gas emissions by 200,000 tonnes equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) each year. 
  • Sugar Refinery, Sugar Australia, Mackay - Completed in 1994, Racecourse Refinery is Australia's newest and most advanced sugar refinery. The Racecourse Refinery can produce up to 420,000 tonnes per annum.

    The refining process itself is conventional with the following main operations: affination, phosphatation and filtration, granular carbon decolourisation, crystallisation, centrifuging and drying. The Racecourse Refinery adds a final conditioning step to this conventional process. The factory is designed for continuous operation with only a few maintenance shutdowns each year.

    Raw sugar for the refinery is sourced direct from the adjacent raw sugar mill and other surrounding mills during the cane crushing season (July to December) and retrieved from the Mackay Bulk Sugar Terminal during the non-crushing season (January to June). 

The Task 42 Group extends its thanks to all those who made their trip to Mackay possible and for the great welcome they received in Mackay.



The following delegates attended the Bioenergy Australia 2016 Conference:



Post the Conference, if you have any queries, please direct them to:

Bioenergy Australia 2016 Conference Secretariat

c/o The Association Specialists Pty Ltd

PO Box 576

Crows Nest NSW 1585 AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61 2 9431 8600   Fax: +61 2 9431 8677