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Update January 8th 2014
This event has been postponed.

Farewell to fossil fuels
Pongamia tree in flower
Image courtesy of Pongamia Project
Get set for Pongamania at the Pongamia Open Day!

Australia Day Holiday Monday 27th January 2014 10am - 3pm
BioEnergy Plantations Australia, 2 Williams Rd, Elimbah

Tucked away near Woodford, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a little plantation with big ideas. Welcome to The Pongamia Project - wanna know more?

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.

Pongamia Open Day
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.

Pongamia tree in flower
Image courtesy of Pongamia Project
Pongamia Project Biodiesel Open Day
Image courtesy of Pongamia Project

Need to know more? Here's their website.

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.

Pongamia tree, oil, and seeds
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.
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Why? Discover biodiesel while having fun
When: 27th January 2014
Where: Elimbah, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Cost: Free
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