Full details of this facility and its available services can be found at www.solarbiofuels.org/sbrc.

The Solar Biofuels Research Centre (SBRC) provides an advanced pilot-scale test facility and ancillary laboratories for the development of advanced microalgae systems for the production of food, fuel, biofuels, bioproducts and bioremediation. It is designed to provide a research hub to build synergy between industry and university partners skilled in biology, engineering and systems development.

The $3.48 million SBRC project has the potential to benefit regional communities by developing economically viable methods of producing biofuels and other commodities including animal feeds. Capabilities of the SBRC include: strain purification; cryopreservation; nutrient and light optimisation; metabolic engineering; high value product development and screening; photobioreactor and raceway system design; and technoeconomic analysis.

The SBRC, located at Pinjarra Hills in Brisbane, was developed by IMB in partnership with the Queensland Government, KBR Inc., Neste Oil Corp., Cement Australia Pty Ltd, Siemens, and Bielefeld University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

Fast facts

  • $3.5M project designed to develop microalgae-based systems as a source of clean fuel
  • focus on developing economically viable methods of producing biofuels and other commodities including animal feeds
  • major boost to Queensland’s efforts to become an international hub for biofuels in the Asia Pacific.

Technology and research

  • Biology: Microalgae are solar powered cell factories that produce food, fuels and bioproducts and facilitate bioremediation.
  • Engineering: Advanced engineering enables the development of high efficiency systems.
  • Systems: Mathematical and techno-economic modelling guide systems design.

Facilities and capabilities

  • strain purification
  • cryopreservation
  • nutrient optimisation
  • light optimisation
  • metabolomics and metabolic engineering
  • high value product development and screening
  • photobioreactor and raceway system design
  • technoeconomic analysis
  • scale up

Project partners

  • Queensland Government
  • UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • KBR
  • Neste Oil
  • Cement Australia
  • Siemens
  • University of Bielefeld (Germany)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) 



Facility contacts

For more details, contact enquiries@solarbiofuels.org.

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