New Technology Set To Revitalise Sugar Cane Industry

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Media release - July 6, 2010

New technology set to revitalise sugar cane industry

Biomass Technologies’ BT10 Processor – an Australian owned and built world first 


new Australian-developed

sugar cane processing technology has arrived just as the CSR sugar

division Sucrogen has been sold to an offshore corporation.

Biomass Technologies’ BT10 Processor is a world-first innovation that has the potential to revitalise

local production and revolutionise Australia’s sugar cane growing industry.


BT10 Processor is technology unlike any other. It is designed to separate fresh cut sugar cane

into juice and fibre on the spot, without resorting to a traditional mill. It has a custom built shredder,

produces clean fresh juice and

beautifully dry and clean fibre,

and has surprisingly low energy


It is currently designed to process at a rate of 10

to 15

tonnes per hour, with future

units likely to target around 50 tonnes per hour.

The BT10 Processor was invented by Queenslander

Trevor Cullinger, and built by Maroochydore

company, Nybro Engineering.  It is a world first in its field. It was recently unveiled to cane growers

on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

The potential impact of Biomass


BT10 Processor on Australia’s sugar cane growing

industry cannot be understated.

“The BT10 processor enables cane to be processed outside the traditional milling structure,” said

Chairman Mark Diamond.

“For both growers and millers it offers a way to do things much more

efficiently and in an environmentally friendly way.

This is tremendously empowering

we really

believe the BT10 Processor will help local sugar cane industries become commercially viable again.”

The BT10 technology was first developed and patented by Trevor Cullinger in 1997. The company

itself was incorporated in 2008 and


100 per cent Australian owned. It is a partnership between

Trevor Cullinger, Sydney investors and members of the Burdekin Irrigation Group from Home Hill in

Far North Queensland.

“We believe our BT10 technology is cutting edge, highly efficient and affordable,” said Mark

Diamond. “Our goals are to get the technology taken up as widely as possible within the sugar

industry, as well as broader applications in sweet sorghum and other crops, and to keep it Australian




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