Come along to their inaugural Open Day, a free family fun day to introduce you to the plant that could potentially save our planet! Animals, jumping castles, stalls, music, sausage sizzle, markets, biodiesel demos, and more, an action packed day of entertainment to celebrate one of Queensland's quiet achievers.
Image courtesy of Pongamia Project
Pongamia pinnata is a pretty amazing plant, and a group of researchers from University of Queensland are working to secure its future as a reliable, renewable energy source. Biodiesel from the seeds of this tree gives Australia a real, and achievable, opportunity to become leaders in renewable energy, and say farewell to fossil fuels.
The characteristics of this particular plant are truly exciting. Often grown as a shade tree, with a fairly fast growth rate, it is salt and drought tolerant and can easily be grown in arid areas. This means it doesn't take the place of food crops and can help with the rejuvenation of marginal lands. The oil yields of Pongamia seeds are ten times that of soybean, one of the world's leading biofuel feedstocks.
image courtesy Pongamia Project
What's even more exciting is that Pongamia is a tree legume, meaning it is a nitrogen fixing plant, meaning it helps put Nitrogen back into the soil. Thus reducing growing costs and creating a smaller environmental footprint by not requiring nitrogen fertiliser which means cheaper, cleaner biofuel production!
Now all the Pongamia Project need is lots of support, so come to the open day, adopt a sapling, get encouraged, get involved and feel quite positively, and possibly like we can make a difference. Clean, sustainable and renewable energy sources are the way of the future and sources that can be grown, in marginal lands, require minimum input, and are also a native species have got to be worth it.