Feasibility assessment / studies
A feasibility study may include on-the-ground and desktop assessments of the following:
- Plant design
- Funding options/grants
- Business plans
- Liaison and lobby work
- Site assessment
- Proposal development
- Risk assessment
- Costing all areas of proposals
- Management briefings
- Operability concerns
- International research of biodiesel plants and practices
- Local implications regarding manufacture and use
- Mediation with sensitive staff
- Presentations to interested local companies
- Crop selection
- Business plans, etc.
Grown Fuel has conducted comprehensive feasibility studies for local governments and many businesses large and small. See about GF.
Research and Development
Grown Fuel offers its own biodiesel process technology. This has become possible through years of biodiesel manufacture, plant design, building and troubleshooting commercial and small-scale operations. Paul has worked on numerous biodiesel plants and has extensive knowledge of what works and what does not.
Grown Fuel has successfully lobbied in Canberra, Macquarie St and Spring St to achieve government backing for industry-scale and personal use biodiesel production. This lobbying and liaison with interested parties was a major contributor to the $50 million funding for biofuels producers and the Cleaner Fuels Grant that currently off sets excise tax on biodiesel. Also biodiesels inclusion in CSIRO / AGO emission studies, and the acceptance of biodiesel as a legitimate fuel including setting the Australian biodiesel standard by Environment Australia, to name direct outcomes. A number of Industry and government working groups to get the industry moving were also formed due to the work of Paul Martin from Grown Fuel.
What do you need to start a biodiesel business?
- Feedstock: Used Cooking Oil, New Oil or Tallow
- A market or use for diesel fuel
- A premises with truck access
Commercial biodiesel plants need to start at 20,000 litres per week in order to be economically viable. Plants need case-by-case assessment, taking into account your situation regarding: available equipment and premises, local fossil diesel price, availability of feedstocks etc.
With the fossil price as it is, finding a way to make a project viable is nearly always possible, and Grown Fuel will assist you in determining the procedure that works best for you.
Grown Fuel have a commitment to high quality, and therefore will not be involved in building / design plants that make a poor quality fuel as a way of reducing operating costs. To produce a saleable commodity profitably you need economies of scale.
Trials and fleet conversions
Grown Fuel’s extensive product knowledge and marketing know-how can assist you in successfully converting individual vehicles and fleets to the use of biodiesel.