Top Cdn BE: Agrisoma Flying High

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March 19, 2018,

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Representatives from Tolko Industries Ltd. will be on hand March 20 at the Best Western Mirage Banquet Room, from 4-8 pm, to discuss the new energy plant project for the company’s lumber mill in High Level. Construction of the energy plant is expected to start in April, and to be operational by June 2019. “We’re excited to bring this project to the community,” said Dave Gillespie, Plant Manager for Tolko’s High Level division. “This system is the first phase of Tolko’s plan to permanently decommission the beehive burner.”… by Tolko.

VANCOUVER — Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. says it’s moving forward with plans to redevelop an existing Smithers, B.C., particle board facility to produce wood pellets. The company is redeveloping the site under the Smithers Pellet Limited Partnership, in which it owns a 70 per cent interest and West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. owns the rest… by the Canadian Press.

It’s a sight dog owners know well: garbage cans in parks piled high with plastic bags full of poop. It’s a lot of trash, and as dog ownership increases, so will the amount of waste produced by our furry four-legged friends. But there’s technology that can turn your dog’s excrement into a valuable commodity — and the City of Ottawa is looking into it... by CBC News.

BioFuel Digest, a U.S.-based news site, has named Sarnia’s Comet Biorefining and Bio-Amber among the 50 “hottest” advanced bioeconomy companies of 2018. The Florida-based bio-fuels website created the list with votes from an industry panel as well as subscribers. Comet Biorefining, based at TransAlta’s Blue Water Energy Park, was ranked 46th and Bio-Amber, a Montreal-based company operating a manufacturing plant in Sarnia, was 17th… by Paul Morden.

As startup-in-ascent metaphors go, they don’t get more on-the-nose than Qantas Flight 96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne on Jan. 28. The 15-hour journey took place in Boeing’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner 787-9, but it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill intercontinental crossing. The 13,000-kilometre trip was the first flight between the United States and Australia propelled by a blend of traditional jet fuel and oil from a mustard-like seed called carinata.. by David Sali.

A Gatineau firm that supplies raw material for the burgeoning jet biofuel market has landed a $12-million financing round with the aim of continuing its aggressive global expansion. Agrisoma Biosciences – which made history in January when its seeds from a mustard-like plant called carinata were used in the first biofuel-powered commercial flight from the United States to Australia – announced the new funding this week… by David Sali.


Mar. 16, 2018 – Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. has signed a share purchase agreement with S2G Biochemicals Inc. and its shareholders. Upon completion of the transaction, Fortress Global, through a newly formed special purpose company, says it intends to commission the construction of a demonstration plant to produce xylitol at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose (FSC) Mill in Quebec, utilizing proprietary process technologies, know-how and expertise developed by S2G and Mondelez International, a snack company... by Pulp & Paper Canada

1- The industrial bioeconomy refers to the creation and commercialization of products such as fuel, electricity, paints, plastics and other products that are biomass- or carbohydrate-based, not hydrocarbon-based. 2- Canada has a massive biomass resource, however the key is to manufacture bio products domestically instead of exporting natural resources and importing value added products. 3- Canada lags behind Europe and the US when it comes to the bioeconomy, but we are moving in the right direction… by Jeff Passmore.

Word of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s deep transportation web development expertise recently sparked interest in the United States’ neighbor to the north, kicking off a collaborative international effort to launch a powerful new alternative fueling station tool on the other side of the border.,, by NREL