Just Biodiesel recently recommissioned a plant in Barnawartha, Victoria, that can produce “up to 50 million litres of fuel per year, made from locally sourced animal waste and waste vegetable oil feedstocks,” Scania says. This is good news for Scania customers, as the company offers five Euro 6 engines that range from 320 to 580 horsepower and are capable of running on B100 biodiesel, one of the two types produced at the Barnawartha plant. (The other is a B20 blend.) Scania also points out that Euro 5 models “can be converted at minimal cost during a short visit to a Scania workshop.” B100 biodiesel is notable because it repurposes rendered animal tallow and used cooking oil and can decrease carbon emissions by as much as 83%.
Memorandum Of Understanding
“Scania has recently signed an MOU [memorandum of understanding] with Just Biodiesel for the supply of a fuel that is of a high standard and suitable for use by Scania vehicles. With partnerships such as this, we are driving the shift towards sustainable transport solutions in Australia and making it happen now!” says Anthony King, sustainability solutions manager at Scania Australia. “The Barnawartha plant is setting a new benchmark for biodiesel in Australia. No one else produces biodiesel on this scale here, and they have opportunities to increase their production with further facilities available to bring on line as demand grows around the country.”
Supply & Demand
Just Biodiesel Director Peter Chomley says the company plans to not only distribute its product in Australia, but also export it California and the European Union because “the biodiesel industry there is well established, and has been supported by many years of renewable energy support by governments.” He goes on to explain that “in California, biodiesel accounts for 15% of the diesel market,” whereas as “in Australia, it is basically zero.”
While demand for biodiesel is growing in Australia, Dr. John Hewson, chairman of Bioenergy Australia, points out that “the government has no fuel security strategy.” He explains that “80% of the soya bean that we export to Europe is converted to biofuels” and “we don’t do any value-adding in that industry in this country at all.” However, with the opening of the Barnawartha plant, Hewson says he sees an opportunity to use feedstocks and alternative fuels that are “spread right across this country” to realize the “enormous potential for development in regional Australia for investment and jobs using existing technologies to convert waste into fuels.”