In 2009, Cultivate was funded by Regional Development Victoria to conduct a study of the biomass available in the Central Highlands region and options for how this could be used to produce renewable energy for the region. The findings of this study indicated that there was enough available biomass within 80 km of Ballarat to produce 30% of the city’s 2010 electricity requirements, most of the heat needed by commerce and institutions, and a significant fraction of present transport fuels. To see a full copy of the Central Highlands Bioenergy Scoping Study click here.
As a result Cultivate has taken a lead in promoting and supporting bioenergy projects, including:
- hosting the Victorian Bioenergy Network
- delivering a Bioenergy Technology course
- sponsoring participants to attend Bioenergy conferences and study tours
- delivering the Central Highlands Bioenergy Expo in association with the Regional Sustainability Alliance Ballarat, 2012; and
- co-hosting the Business Case for Bioenergy Forum and Tour in Central Victoria, 2014
- partnering with Pyrenees Shire to deliver the Regional Bioenergy Project – Beaufort Hospital.
About the Victorian Bioenergy Network
A bit of history…
The Victorian Bioenergy Network (VBN) was established in September 2008 with the Department of Primary Industries as the lead funding agency. Other key agencies involved in the VBN have been Sustainability Victoria, (SV) and Regional Development Victoria, (RDV). In 2012, the State Government decided to discontinue providing bioenergy extension, communication and training activities, and Cultivate Agribusiness was provided with some seed funding to host the VBN and continue this role.
The Victorian Bioenergy Network hosted by Cultivate, aims to:
- Promote bioenergy and increase the community’s understanding of the various opportunities for producing renewable energy from biomass.
- Share information on bioenergy development and opportunities across government and other bioenergy stakeholders.
- Collaborate and help develop the bioenergy industry in Victoria.
- Help define government's role in the bioenergy industry and avoid duplication of work in the bioenergy field.
- Provide a credible source of information on bioenergy in Victoria.
Events and activities
On 18th and 19th June this year 2015 the VBN will deliver a Bioenergy Forum and Tour in Gippsland - https://www.facebook.com/2015GippslandBioenergyForum.
If you would like to subscriber to the Victorian Bioenergy Network mailing list, click here
Sponsors and supporters
If you would like to talk with us about becoming a sponsor or supporter of the Victorian Bioenergy Network, please make contact here