Biofuel from waste

Stanley Hu with Dr John Kavanagh and Brittney Vella Stanley Hu with Dr John Kavanagh and Brittney Vella

 

Biofuel will form an important step in the path to a lower carbon future. Pioneering research by the University of Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies in collaboration with The Future Project is refining the way we can derive ethanol from waste materials. 

Stanley Hu and Samuel Dickinson are assisting Britteny Vella and Dr John Kavanagh. The team is experimenting with novel ways to produce Biofuel from cellulose waste. Efficiently producing the ethanol from waste would bring very significant benefits to the Australian environment and economy by diverting waste from landfill as well as gaining value from that waste. The team have been feeding waste paper to a cellulase solution in order to produce glucose, from which ethanol can be produced. They hope to help design a method by which this process can be optimised and ultimately scaled up for commercial production. In the future, your regular car trip might be powered by this collaboration with Sydney University's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies!

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