Gene discovery, plant biotechnology, genetics and breeding for improved production of biomass and biofuels.
Development of energy crops that can grow in marginal environments and do not compete with food crops. ‘Super Canola/Mustard’ is the major current target but Moringa, another oil species, and Jatropha (in collaboration with India, Thailand and the Philippines) are also being evaluated.
Process intensification for biodiesel and hydrogen production, and generating benign chemical feedstocks.
Advanced process technology for production of fuels and materials from biomass including pyrolysis, gasification and liquefaction.
Development of fully self-contained systems for production of renewable energy and materials, particularly making use of degraded land (mine sites and saline soils) and marginal environments in rural communities.
Optimisation of biogas production (methane) from municipal solid waste.