Diesel trees being planted in Queensland

Forestry companies have thrown their weight behind North Queensland’s latest biofuel concept, Copaifera langsdorffii, otherwise known as diesel trees. Up to 1,000 hectares of saplings are expected to be planted this spring along the coastal strip north of Mackay.

If all goes to plan, once the trees mature in about 15 years, they will be tapped in much the same way as is a rubber tree, with this oily sap carrying cetane levels powerful enough to fire a diesel engine.

According to the driver behind the project, Mackay nurseryman Mike Jubow, private companies are proposing to plant about one million trees a year, for the next four to five years. In turn, Mr Jubow will transform his nursery to cope with demand and interest that far exceeded his expectations.

It has been estimated that a one hectare plantation would produce 10,000 to 12,000 litres per annum once in full production.

What a great idea. Carbon sinks that produce diesel! The other interesting thing about Copaifera langsdorffii, is that the scientific community have been aware of its diesel producing potential since the late 70s.

Source: Queensland Country Life

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