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May 29, 2017,

Sixth Element is a boutique consulting firm, providing services on pro forma design and analysis, feasibility studies and business plans, technology/venture vetting and audits (see Projects for recent studies).  Our focus sectors are emerging biofuels and Indigenous bioeconomy ventures in the forestry sector, including lumber, logging and bioenergy.

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SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying from KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. This is the first delivery of biofuel completed by AEG…  by Mass Transit Network

OTTERBURNE — It was, suitably, a ball of fire in the night sky that was a turning point for a Christian school’s move towards environmentalism. In late January 2014, the TransCanada Pipelines compressor station just west of Highway 59 blew, sending flames 200 feet into the air and melting part of Provincial Road 303, which leads to Providence University College… by Kelly Taylor.

BERLIN, Germany, May 23, 2017 /CNW/ – Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution and Canada is committed to doing its part to reduce climate-harming pollutants at home and around the world. That’s why yesterday Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna launched a $7 million project that will see Canada and Chile team up to reduce and capture climate-warming methane from landfills and other areas of the waste management sector... by Environment and Climate Change Canada

Active Energy, the London quoted international renewable energy, forestry management and timber processing business, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement in principle with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador (the “Province”), Canada, that if finalised will provide Active Energy and its affiliate, Timberlands International plc (‘Timberlands’), with a Crown timber licence and forest management agreement relating to two Forest Management Districts covering 1.2 million hectares.  In addition, both parties are evaluating a number of other collaborative opportunities for both Timberlands and Advanced Biomass Solutions plc, another affiliate company of AEG, involving timber processing and the commercialisation of the CoalSwitch product, the world’s first ‘drop in’ biomass fuel that can completely replace coal in existing coal fired power stations without the need for expensive retrofitting... by Active Energy

May 24, 2017 – There is considerable talk in government circles of how Canada can improve its innovation performance. Earlier this spring, the federal government tabled its ‘Innovation’ budget. A key plank of this budget is moving forward with its committed investment in clusters and networks, which in the words of the government, is “intended to catalyze private sector dynamism, bring a critical mass of stakeholders together and connect their ideas to the marketplace”… by Paul Lansbergen

Not long ago, we updated on Steeper Energy, which has been executing on a $3m grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada towards development of a $30M 100 barrel per day demonstration project for the company’s hydrofaction biomass-to-liquids technology platform. It’s a supercritical technology. For those new to the the field, that means high temperatures and high pressures, and relies on the strange and useful physical properties of water when it reaches the supercritical temperature range – at 374C and 221 atmospheric pressures... by Perry Toms

May 25, 2017 – Japan is a good news story for Canada’s wood pellet producers. As recently as 2014, Canada exported just 62,000 tonnes to Japan, but by 2016, this had increased by a whopping 350 per cent to 272,000 tonnes. Canada presently accounts for 78 per cent of Japanese wood pellet imports and we aim to maintain this position. As impressive as these figures sound, by 2030… by Gord Murray.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that the Government of Canada is moving forward with provincial and territorial partners, industry and stakeholders, to develop a national strategy to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVS) on Canadian roads by 2018. Transportation accounts for about 24 percent of Canada’s emissions, mostly from cars and trucks… by Transport Canada.

SYDNEY, N.S. — It’s completely black but nearly totally green. Gritty and sooty, yet great to use for washing up. Know what it is? Give up? It’s biochar, an environmentally friendly charcoal developed at Cape Breton University by professor Stephanie MacQuarrie and business partner Barrie Fiolek of B.W Bioenergy… by the Cape Breton Post.

The pair recently co-founded a company called Breton Organic Charcoals to sell their product, which they say can replace and outperform the activated charcoal currently used in hundreds of different applications, ranging from water filtration and environmental remediation to farming and cosmetics.

The forestry sector can play a key role in creating a sustainable future that makes better use of leftover material, converting it to alternative fuel sources. Susan Wood-Bohm was the keynote speaker at UNBC’s Doug Little Memorial Lecture Thursday night, named BioCleantech: New Opportunities for Canada’s Forest Sector. “BioCleantech which is the concept of using biological carbon – so carbon that comes from agriculture or forestry, or municipal waste, organic stream – to help us offset the carbon that comes from fossil fuels in a way that helps us to reduce our net greenhouse gas emissions in the country,”… by Samantha Wright Allen.