Top Cdn BE: Celebrating 150th

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July 3, 2017,

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The 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 1st is a time to reflect upon the country’s achievements; this article covers the evolution of the Canadian biofuel industry – including gaseous, liquid and solid biofuels, and biomass power – from 1867 to 2017. The foundations of the biofuel industry in Canada are found in the nation’s forest resources. A lumber industry had emerged for shipbuilding long before Confederation… by Gerald Kutney.

Research scientist Richard Grosshans is counting on cattails to help clean up Lake Winnipeg and Manitoba’s wetlands, while also offering an organic, sustainable source of biofuel. For about a decade, Grosshans and his colleagues have been collecting the tall wetland plants — also known as bulrushes — which can remove pollutants that get into the water through run-off. “It is extremely efficient at absorbing things like nutrients, like phosphorus or nitrogen, or even contaminants. And so we use this plant, we harvested it, to remove those things from the environment,” he said…  by CBC News

Le plan d’action que dévoilera le ministre vise à accélérer la transition vers des sources d’énergie propres. Québec vise une réduction de 40 % du pétrole consommé dans la province d’ici 2030. La première série de mesures devrait entraîner une baisse de 6 % d’ici trois ans. C’est l’équivalent de 1,15 milliard de litres de carburant par rapport à 2013… by Martin Croteau.

Jun. 27, 2017 – Not everyone thinks of innovation when they think of Canada’s forest products companies. But the federal government has fully recognized that the future of the forestry industry and its 230,000 workers depends on the success of its ongoing commitment to innovation and sustainable development in every area of its business…  by Derek Nighbor

(UPM, Helsinki, 28 June 2017 at 15:00 EET) – UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels’ feedstock and protein for animal feed. The sequential cropping concept enables contract farmers to take agricultural land into use outside the main cultivation period, in winter time, without compromising existing food production. This does not cause any land use change, prevents erosion and improves soil quality. Carinata will provide additional income to local farmers, who do not normally have their fields in productive use during winter. In South America UPM grows and tests Carinata with third-party farmers in Uruguay and Brazil... by UPM

CALGARY—An Alberta-based biofuel firm working on technology to convert waste oil, grease and sustainable vegetable oils into drop-in fuel has signed an development and licensing agreement with Royal Dutch Shell plc. SBI BioEnergy Inc. and the global oil giant’s International Exploration and Production unit announced the new deal June 27. It grants Shell exclusive rights to the Edmonton company’s biofuel processes, while stipulating the two companies will work together to demonstrate and scale up the technology… by Cleantech Canada.

The Alberta government is investing $35 million into helping Indigenous communities cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy bills and create employment. As part of the province’s climate leadership plan to invest in local renewable projects, 48 First Nations, eight Métis settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta will benefit from the initiative… by Brandi Morin.