Ian and Rob Stanley have more than 1.3 million mallees growing on their 25,000 ha property at Kalannie, Western Australia. They extract oil from the trees and convert the biomass to biochar. The process also generates a combustible gas that can be captured to run gas engines and generate renewable electrical power.
Ian Stanley: “The biomass yields at age 15 years on a wodgil soil site have been very impressive at up to 150 dry tonnes per hectare.”
More: The changing face of mallees [PDF 205 kb], a story published by the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre