Andrew Lang, a farmer and current president of the Victorian Bioenergy Network, is excited about the prospects of using waste agricultural material for creating bio-energy, at every scale.
He said the potential is enormous, with one CSIRO report in 2012 suggesting that up to 9pc of Australia’s power needs could come from the most economically available straw in just the main cropping regions.
Mr Lang has spent ten years on the board of the World Bio-Energy Association, during which time time he has seen through energy plants operations in Europe and Scandinavia.
There, the concept of turning straw from winter cereal crops, both as pellets and big square bales, into heat, power and transport biofuels, is a reality.
“The Danes have been…