Aurora Biofuels, Green Rock Energy and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder are set to share in $8 million of Western Australian State Government funding for new low emission energy projects.

Announced by Western Australian Environment Minister Donna Faragher and Western Australian Energy Minister Peter Collier, the funding will draw from the Low Emissions Energy Development Fund.

Aurora Biofuels will receive $2million towards a project to source CO2 from a major industrial plant in the Karratha region for use as feedstock for algal production, with subsequent production of biodiesel and other algal products.

Green Rock Energy will receive $5.4 million towards its project for the commercial demonstration of direct use of geothermal energy in hot sedimentary aquifers beneath the Perth metropolitan area to replace electricity for building air-conditioning at The University of Western Australia’s Crawley campus.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been granted $559,000 for a project to install ground source heat pumps, paired with solar photovoltaic panels, to provide renewable energy for pool heating at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Oasis Recreation Centre.

Source: Eco Generation.