The race to produce a sustainable, scalable form of biofuel has become ‘wacky’ – literally. There are articles printed daily heralding the latest method of producing fuel, be it converting whiskey waste, recycling cooking oil or scooping algae from the ocean. Big Oil is ploughing millions each year into production and research – so why has an answer to our fuel needs not been found yet?
The answer may well be in this infographic by the folks at Intelligent Partnership which leads along the yellow brick road to the Emerald City down-under. Australia has long been a centre for horticulture due to its excellent climatic conditions – it has swathes of available land and a stable government that has been actively promoting the renewable fuel industry since 2007. With the seeding of crops able to produce so called ‘green oil’ on non-arable land (ie land not suitable for food production) , Australia neatly avoids the controversy of fuel v’s food and may well find that, with the tornado ensuing within the global biofuel industry, it could be left holding the ruby slippers.
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