Monday, 15 December 2008

Earthrace docks in Ballina on 30 December 2008

The Far North Coaster reports:

You'll be able to see the boat, which holds the record for circling the globe and is for sale for $US1.5 million, when she docks in Ballina on December 30 and 31.

Earthrace is billed as the fastest and greenest powerboat in the world, and will arrive in Ballina as part of a worldwide tour to communicate the importance of biofuels in the fight against global warming.

In June this year, Earthrace set a world record for a powerboat to circle the globe – smashing the old record by more than two weeks.........

Earthrace will be powered by 100 per cent biodiesel from Queensland-company Neumann Petroleum.

Biodiesel is the name for a variety of ester-based oxygenated fuels made from vegetable oils or animal fats, most commonly derived from tallow, canola, cotton seed and soy.

"It is the only alternative fuel that can be used directly in any existing, unmodified diesel engine and offers numerous benefits including 80 per cent lower carbon dioxide emissions; almost 100 per cent lower sulphur dioxide; safer handling, transportation and storage; and new markets and opportunities for Australia's agricultural industry," Mr Bethune said.

"While 100 per cent biodiesel is not commercially available to motorists in Australia, Neumann Petroleum offers a 20 per cent blend through selected Matilda service stations in Queensland."

If you are up Ballina way - go see this boat and show your support for green technology!

1 comment:

opit said...

Biodiesel is the epitome of using food for fuel : something the UN cites as cause of high prices and resulting starvation among poor nations.
I'm not saying he has the answer; but this Oil Drum contributor is at least trying to look at coherent forward-looking strategy.
You will find his thoughts on biofuel in December 06 or January 07 articles.
There are other ideas around too