03/12/2009 - 00:00

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03/12/2009 - 00:00

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AN alternative fuel that could help tackle waste oil problems faced at mine sites is being tested and developed in Western Australia.

AN alternative fuel that could help tackle waste oil problems faced at mine sites is being tested and developed in Western Australia.

Called LoNOX, the new fuel is being developed to power diesel generators at mine sites and other static power generation plants.

Renewable energy business, Blue Planet Energy, has completed laboratory testing of LoNOX and is about to start field-testing using a permitted site and waste oil provided by Perth-based waste treatment company, Tox Free Solutions.

The state government’s Waste Authority, which raises funds from the landfill levy, has awarded Blue Planet $80,000 for development and testing.

If the field tests demonstrate the viability of LoNOX production on a commercial scale, it could form a new market for easier recycling of waste oil.

The company will receive 70,000 litres of waste oil to dilute and burn in a generator to prove that it is a viable and cost competitive option to diesel, which is currently used in quantities of up to 40,000 litres per year at some mine sites.

Blue Planet director Cam Feast said there were currently 190 million litres of waste oil in Australia, with about 40ML coming from WA.

“Our processing plant consists of a single 20-foot container, that container is capable of doing between 20,000 and 30,000 litres a day, which is between five million and 10 million litres a year, but we believe we can upscale it,” he said.

“If we could secure more of the supply of waste oil in Australia, we could use it to produce more of the modulised container units.”

Mr Feast said the portable containers created a new option to solve the issue of having such high quantities of hazardous material being produced and transported because they could be deployed where necessary.

“It seems a perfect match when you have a state that’s having an issue with waste oil and the natural by-product of the mining industry, and then a company that has invented a fuel that utilises that and turns a waste problem into fuel,” he said.

 

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