About Grown Fuel Biodiesel Consultancy and Paul Martin

In 1999 Paul Martin weaned himself off his fossil fuel addiction by using used cooking oil to run his van. This simple act of reducing personal emissions was the beginning of the biodiesel industry in Australia.
By actively demonstrating how diesel engines can run on biodiesel, a media storm followed, as did demand for biodiesel. Since that time, Paul has been working in the industry that he started. Paul is a founding member of the Australian Biodiesel Consultancy (ABC), the Australian Biodiesel Group (ABG), and the Biodiesel Association of Australia (BAA) among many others. Grown Fuel is the original experienced, specialised, independent biodiesel consultancy in Australia. With experience working on numerous biodiesel plants and in every aspect of the biodiesel industry, it is by far the most qualified biodiesel consultancy available.

Biodiesel Timeline

Due to confidentiality considerations, the bulk of our work cannot be displayed publicly. However, here is a selection of photos in chronological order to demonstrate some of the projects Grown Fuel has been involved with.

Pacific Adventist University biodiesel plant has been opened

Pacific Adventist University biodiesel plant has been opened

Pacific Adventist University biodiesel plant has been opened. Grown Fuel has finished building the biodiesel plant in PNG for PAU. We have set up the collection of cooking oil for the first time ever in Port Moresby, delivered the plant, renovated and adapted the building into a biodiesel facility, commissioned the plant,test the fuel and now ongoing we assist with troubleshooting,training and biodiesel advice. The biodiesel from the plant is used in the Uni vehicle fleet.

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Biodiesel plant installation began in 2014

Biodiesel plant installation began in 2014

Biodiesel plant installation began late 2014 at Pacific Adventist University,Papua New Guinea. This project includes setting up cooking oil collection for the first time in Port Moresby. The plant was built in Australia by Grown Fuel and shipped to site.Grown Fuel’s role in the project is to: *Design the whole facility. *Build the plant, test it, then ship it. *Oversee every detail of building fit out. *Commission the plant. *Train staff in plant operation. *Troubleshoot and provide on-going

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B20 On-demand Blending Plant

B20 On-demand Blending Plant

B20 On-demand Blending Plant, custom designed and built by Grown Fuel for King Island Power Station. Capable for use with tallow biodiesel, this blending plant brings King Island one step closer to achieve its goal of maximum renewable energy generation. See the details and installed plant here

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B20 On-demand Blending Plant for King Island Power Station

B20 On-demand Blending Plant for King Island Power Station

B20 On-demand Blending Plant for King Island Power Station.Following a feasibility study and 1.5 years of B100 and B20 testing on their 1.8MW CAT generators, King Island Power Station is switching to B20 on a permanent basis, with the ability to use B100 if the abbatoir on the island re-opens.

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Delivering a speech on The Potential of Biodiesel

Delivering a speech on The Potential of Biodiesel

Delivering a speech on ‘The Potential of Biodiesel’, Port Moresby, Paupa New Guinea 2013

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Week-long biodiesel and biogas lecture and site visits

Week-long biodiesel and biogas lecture and site visits

Week-long biodiesel and biogas lecture and site visits for Chinese government delegation

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Plant operation

Plant operation

Plant operation at Australian Biodiesel Group Nerangbah plant,the company that Paul founded and started the biodiesel industry in Australia with.

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Working for Biodiesel New Zealand

Working for Biodiesel New Zealand

Working for Biodiesel New Zealand (BDNZ). Solid Energy bought out Canterbury Biodiesel in Christchurch New Zealand and retained Grown Fuel for design work, plant upgrades and troubleshooting specification issues. This plant is still the only comercial biodiesel plant in New Zealand.

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Wash plant, BDNZ

Wash plant, BDNZ

Wash plant, BDNZ

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Reactors, BDNZ

Reactors, BDNZ

Reactors, BDNZ

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Crush mill and silos for BDNZ

Crush mill and silos for BDNZ

Crush mill and silos for BDNZ biodiesel feedstock, Rolleston.

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Example of Plant

Example of Plant

This is an example of plant that Grown Fuel has been able to adapt to produce quality biodiesel. This drying plant was overhauled by Grown Fuel and can now achieve 200ppm water content.

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Grown Fuel 40 million litre per year biodiesel plant design for BDNZ

Grown Fuel 40 million litre per year biodiesel plant design for BDNZ

Grown Fuel 40 million litre per year biodiesel plant design for BDNZ.

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Adelaide busses running on Biodiesel

Adelaide busses running on Biodiesel

Adelaide busses running on Biodiesel.

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King Island power station

King Island power station

King Island power station runs on wind, solar and biodiesel. Grown Fuel did the feasability study and then the design work to change over to biodiesel and biodiesel blends.

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Grown Fuel feasibility study

Grown Fuel feasibility study

Grown Fuel feasibility study for Tasmania Hydro on the feasibility of making and running King Island power station on biodiesel and biodiesel blends.

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King Island proposed biodiesel plant

King Island proposed biodiesel plant

King Island proposed biodiesel plant, designed by Grown Fuel. Unfortunately the abbatoir closed, meaning tallow would have to be shipped from the mainland, making the project un-viable.

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Biodiesel in Practice by Paul Martin

Biodiesel in Practice by Paul Martin

Biodiesel in Practice by Paul Martin. A book detailing how to make biodiesel on a small scale.

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1000L per day containerised biodiesel plant

1000L per day containerised biodiesel plant

1000L per day containerised biodiesel plant built by Grown Fuel.

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1000L per day containerised biodiesel plant built

1000L per day containerised biodiesel plant built

1000L per day containerised biodiesel plant built by Grown Fuel.

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Filling up at Conservo

Filling up at Conservo

Filling up at Conservo, a pilot biofuel only service station, the first in Australia.

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Truck racing in Australia

Truck racing in Australia

Truck racing in Australia now runs on 100% biodiesel. If you have been to truck racing before you will notice that you can actualy see the trucks now, not just clouds of black fossil fuel smoke.

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Biodiesel training

Biodiesel training

Biodiesel training course.

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Biodiesel plant design by Grown Fuel

Biodiesel plant design by Grown Fuel

Biodiesel plant design by Grown Fuel. 2 million liters per year designed to easily upgrade to 5 million litres per year.

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Grown Fuel designed plant delivered to site

Grown Fuel designed plant delivered to site

Grown Fuel designed plant delivered to site.

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Plant design by Grown Fuel

Plant design by Grown Fuel

Biodiesel plant design by Grown Fuel.

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Plant tour for investors

Plant tour for investors

Plant tour for investors.

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Tallow-based biodiesel snow trials

Tallow-based biodiesel snow trials

Tallow-based biodiesel snow trials. Grown Fuel can set your business up to run 100% tallow based biodiesel at as low as +2C.

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Biodiesel plant design, first concept for BDNZ

Biodiesel plant design, first concept for BDNZ

Grown Fuel Biodiesel plant design, first concept for BDNZ.

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Australian Biodiesel Consultancy

Australian Biodiesel Consultancy

Australian Biodiesel Consultancy, the first biodiesel company in Australia started by Paul Martin, re-branded Australian Biodiesel Group for its IPO and listing on the ASX.

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Grown Fuel designed, built and commisioned pilot biodiesel plant

Grown Fuel designed, built and commisioned pilot biodiesel plant

Grown Fuel designed, built and commisioned pilot biodiesel plant.

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Melbourne Biodiesel Club funding proposal

Melbourne Biodiesel Club funding proposal

Melbourne Biodiesel Club funding proposal for a biodiesel co-operative.

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Canterbury Biodiesel

Canterbury Biodiesel

Canterbury Biodiesel. Grown Fuel did the plant design and troubleshooting to get this company started.

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Grown Fuel feasibility study

Grown Fuel feasibility study

Grown Fuel feasibility study.

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Grown Fuel feasibility study

Grown Fuel feasibility study

Grown Fuel feasibility study.

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Berkeley Vale biodiesel plant

Berkeley Vale biodiesel plant

Berkeley Vale biodiesel plant upgrade.

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Grown Fuel manual

Grown Fuel manual

Grown Fuel original biodiesel how-to manual.

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Biodiesel Excise Exemption Reform

Biodiesel Excise Exemption Reform

Biodiesel Excise Exemption Reform (BEER) was set by Paul Martin, Terry Schultz, Mike Juredini and Jeff Anderson to lobby for better tax.

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Paul Martin

Paul Martin

Paul Martin, a founding member of the Melbourne Biodiesel Club at the Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) holding a biodiesel stall to promote biodiesel.

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Biodiesel articles

Biodiesel articles

One of the numerous biodiesel articles by Paul Martin.

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Plant assessment trip to Europe

Plant assessment trip to Europe

Plant assessment trip to Europe. This containerised plant was assessed by Grown Fuel for a client.

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Martin Mittlebach

Martin Mittlebach

Martin Mittlebach, one of the founders of the modern biodiesel industryholding his Golden Globe award. Martin took Grown Fuel on a plant tour of his first biodiesel plant, the oldest operating plant in the world, Mureck, Austria.

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Longest running biodiesel plant

Longest running biodiesel plant

Biodiesel Industries, the longest running biodiesel plant in Australia, employed Grown Fuel to help troubleshoot their original plant.

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Noosa council feasibility study

Noosa council feasibility study

Noosa council feasibility study into running their fleet on biodiesel.

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Richard with the Energea lab-scale biodiesel plant

Richard with the Energea lab-scale biodiesel plant

Richard with the Energea lab-scale biodiesel plant in Austria. It was here in Richard’s lab that the Energea biodiesel plant process was perfected.

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Energea biodiesel reactor

Energea biodiesel reactor

Energea biodiesel reactor. Paul Martin went to Austria in 2000 to search out and assess biodiesel production technologies. He took on distribution rights for Australia and introduced Australian Renewable Fuels (ARF) to the technology. ARF bought 2 plants.

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Richard Amery

Richard Amery

Richard Amery, then NSW minister for Agriculture, pumps the first biodiesel bowser in Australia for the TV cameras. Paul Martin opened the first biodiesel plant and stocked this, the first biodiesel pump in Australia in 2001.

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Paul Martin with the Local Member of Parliament

Paul Martin with the Local Member of Parliament

Paul Martin with the Local Member of Parliament at the biodiesel pump opening. The pump was selling 1500 liters of biodiesel per week within 6 weeks of opening.

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Terry Schultz, Paul Martin and Adrian Lake with Bob Katter in Parliament House Canberra

Terry Schultz, Paul Martin and Adrian Lake with Bob Katter in Parliament House Canberra

Terry Schultz, Paul Martin and Adrian Lake with Bob Katter in Parliament House Canberra. We spent much time and many trips lobbying for a biodiesel standard and fair tax treatment for biodiesel. It is our work that set up the regulatory framework for the biodiesel industry in Australia. We got the tax rebate through parliament with the help of the Democrats, a $50 million grant extended to biodiesel and the biodiesel standard set, over 3 years of lobbying.

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First biodiesel plant in Australia

First biodiesel plant in Australia

The first biodiesel plant in Australia, Berkeley Vale 2000 by Paul’s company Australian Biodiesel Consultancy.

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Australian Biodiesel Consultancy investment information

Australian Biodiesel Consultancy investment information

Australian Biodiesel Consultancy investment information 2000.

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Biodiesel Association of Australia

Biodiesel Association of Australia

Biodiesel Association of Australia member being interviewed by Steve Cannane, ABC, 2000.

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The Biodiesel Association of Australia

The Biodiesel Association of Australia

The Biodiesel Association of Australia (BAA), now the Biofuels Association of Australia, was started by Paul Martin and his van Fossil Fool. The BAA sent out 1000s of info kits to people all accross Australia encouraging them to stop using fossil fuels and make biodiesel. BAA did numerous interviews, talks and demonstrations, put out a quaterly newsletter and lobbied federal politicians for favourable biodiesel taxation conditions.

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Fossil Fool

Fossil Fool

Paul in the Fossil Fool kicks of the biodiesel industry in Australia. This was the first ever media on biodiesel and its potential for Australia.

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The Fossil Fool

The Fossil Fool

The Fossil Fool. This van was used to promote the concept of running a vehicle on cooking oil. It featured numerous times on TV, radio and in print. In 2000 fuel prices had just hit $1 per liter and it was Paul in his Fossil Fool who demonstrated how it was possible to get off fossil fuels. From this publicity, investors approached and hence the Australian Biodiesel Consultancy was started.

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Grown Fuel feasibility study

Grown Fuel feasibility study

Grown Fuel feasibility study.

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Biodiesel reactor

Biodiesel reactor

In the beginning Paul Martin used this biodiesel reactor to make biodiesel and start the biodiesel industry in Australia.

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