The facility provides many benefits to both the Darling Downs area as well as Australia. The facility purchases locally grown sorghum, processes the starch in the grain into ethanol, and then returns the remaining portions of the grain, including both the energy and the protein portions, back into the local food supply-chain as an animal feed. This approach allows the region to both support the grain needs of the facility and also support needs for the thriving cattle production industry in the region.
As a petroleum substitute, ethanol provides many benefits for all of us living in Australia. First, it provides cleaner air for all of us to breathe. The use of E10 (blended petroleum and ethanol product containing 10% ethanol and 90% petroleum) reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 12%-19% (Argonne National Laboratory, United States). This is partially accomplished due to the fact that ethanol contains a very high oxygen content (up to 35%), which allows it to burn more cleanly and more completely than petroleum. Ethanol also contains less gum-forming compounds than traditional petroleum. In fact, E85 (85% ethanol, 15% petroleum) contains approximately 80% less of these gum-forming compounds. As a direct replacement for petroleum, ethanol also displaces toxic chemicals such as benzene.