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An analysis of current and future opportunities for biomethane production in Australia


Topic ID
379

Thesis Topic/Title
An analysis of current and future opportunities for biomethane production in Australia

Description

There are currently rapid changes in the Australian energy landscape, with increased use of wind and solar renewable energy. Renewable gas in the form of biomethane produced from organic wastes is largely an untapped renewable energy resource in Australia. In Europe and elsewhere, large amounts of biomethane are converted into vehicle fuel or injected into natural gas grids to supply industry and households with clean green energy.

Australia is at a turning point. Major gas grid owners are asking for green biomethane solutions. The opportunities are great. Around 130,000 commercial businesses rely on gas, plus 44% of Australia’s household or more than 6.5 million homes. Unfortunately, there are currently no feasible technology concepts for Australia. This is an urgent research need.

This project will draw on extensive industry connections via the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 37: Energy from Biogas to collaboratively research, explore, clarify and develop biogas to biomethane options for Australia. Industry collaboration is a great strength in this project, enhancing adoption readiness of research, industrial relevance and employability.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
  • National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
  • School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Field of Research
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering


Application Open Date
12/11/2018

Application Close Date
31/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
Not Applicable

Admission Requirements

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