The theme was Emerging Technologies in a Global Industry at the annual Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists conference this week and according to President Terry Doolan that meant renewable energy took centre stage.
The conference, which is held annually and in Mackay every four years, was held from Wednesday, April 27 – Friday, April 29.
“There’s going to be a lot of focus on renewable energy,” Mr Doolan said Tuesday, the night before the conference.
“There’s a lot more we could be doing with biodiesel for example.”
He said one of the keynote speakers, Pramod Chaudhari the founder and executive chair of Praj Industries Ltd, talks would centre on biodiesel.
The other speaker Simon Usher chief executive, Bonsucro would speak about increasing farming efficiency in an environmentally friendly way.
“Simon’s presentation will provide a look into how Bonsucro was radically repositioned through knowledge sharing, performance improvement, technology transfer and new resources, while Pramod’s presentation will discuss how diversification will shape the future of the sugar industry and the various useful industry technologies that will reduce effluent and energy consumption, and increase yield and quality,” he said.
The conference will also include an Australian Renewable Energy Agency Knowledge Sharing Workshop, where attendees would explore emerging renewable energy technologies relevant to the sugarcane industry.
The conference also included two farm tours and a trip to see the molasses bladder at the Mackay Harbour, which Mr Doolan said was “about the size of the MCG cricket ground”.
They also went to the Sarina Sugar Shed rum distillery.
“It’s always a bit of a novelty (for the conference attendees) to see we are involved in this sort of thing,” Mr Doolan said.
He said the delegates came from all over Australia and the world.
Source – Daily Mercury