The tiny township of Mollongghip between Ballarat and Daylesford is well and truly punching above its weight in the green space.
A new business called MADE (Mollongghip & District Enterprises) Energy has been launched by four locals attracting a Federal Government Business Research and Innovation Initiative grant from a field of 220 applications.
Co Founder Bryce Ott says they plan to turn vegetable waste into sustainable fuel and fertiliser following buy in from the local farming community.
"It came from working with the farmers and without that engagement, without understanding what their pain points are, what they need help with and what they can't do on their own individually," Mr Ott said.
MADE Energy’s submission focuses on low-temperature, low-pressure production of biohydrogen, considered by many to be the holy grail of innovation in the sustainable energy sector. The feasibility study will be conducted in partnership with Griffith University and Frontier Impact Group, world-leading experts in anaerobic digestion technology and in the commercialisation of the solution.
“This initiative is giving Australian businesses with clever ideas the opportunity to develop them further, with the potential of creating products that will benefit the community and the Australian economy," said Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.
While the grant is for a feasibility study, Minister Andrews also said that following the feasibility tests, the most successful projects may be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million to develop a prototype or proof of concept.