Top Cdn BE: Biochar coming to Ontario

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April 2, 2018,

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Mar. 27, 2018 – Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. is just one Canadian forestry firm that is forging ahead in the biomass sector. The company recently acquired S2G Biochemicals, a British Columbia-based company that produces xylitol, a food industry sweetener best known as the artificial sweetener in chewing gum. Fortress Global plans to test the technology with a demonstration-scale plant at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose (FSC) Mill in Thurso, Que.,.. by Alyssa Dalton.

Usually, marijuana is used to prepare for a long flight, not to power it. However, that may be about to change. One Canadian hemp-based products company invented an airplane that is made almost entirely out of hemp (75%) and uses hemp biofuel to power the plane. The company, Hempearth, designed the hemp airplane with the aim of inventing a more environmentally friendly way of flying. Velocity, Inc manufactured the plane using Hempearth’s design… by Rob Hoffman.

The Vermillion Hutterite Colony southwest of Winnipeg is no longer relying on coal to heat its buildings, because they are now relying on renewable bio-heat. “We burn wood chips, feed them into the fire and it keeps burning, and it heats water pumps, hot water underground to all our buildings,” said Shawn Gross, the biomass furnace operator. The colony says it’s reducing its carbon footprint by trucking in 15-tons of wood chips that are then funneled into a furnace, which then heats the entire colony for 6 days during the coldest months… by Kraig Krause.

With all but one approval from Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change remaining for the new Haliburton Forest Biochar facility on Kennaway Road in Dysart, project manager Nina Shock said she expects the plant to be open this spring. As soon as the MOECC grants permission for production of the versatile biomaterial to begin, she said the Haliburton Biochar team plans to get to work on their innovative way of reducing greenhouse gases and fighting climate change. Biochar is a nutrient- and mineral-rich organic matter that is produced through pyrolysis – burning  plant matter (biomass) under high temperatures and zero-oxygen conditions… by Nate Smelle.

March 29, 2018 – Mississauga, Ont.-based CHAR Technologies has been approved for a grant totalling $1,062,385 provided by the Government of Ontario through the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF). The grant is in support of CHAR’s CleanFyre biocoal project, with participation from ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Canada’s largest flat roll steel producer and a lead user of CleanFyre within the project, Walker Environmental as a feedstock supplier and BioLine Corporation as a feedstock pre-processor… by Char Technologies.

The new Northern Ontario owners of an Atikokan wood pellet plant are in expansion mode, with plans to add jobs, diversify their product mix, and explore export opportunities. BioPower Sustainable Energy Corporation, a green energy startup, has taken control of the former Rentech plant, which has an existing supply contract to provide the nearby Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Atikokan plant with commercial-grade pellets… by Ian Ross.

MONTREALMarch 27, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – BioAmber Inc. (OTCPK: BIOA) today announced operational and financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017.

Q4 2017 Highlights:

  • The fourth quarter revenue of $5.4 million is a record quarter for BioAmber and a 755% increase on a year over year basis.
  • Profitability in the fourth quarter showed material gains from Q4, 2016. Gross margins improved from -231% to -20%, while total operating costs were reduced by 17% when excluding the impairment charge and write-off of property and intangible assets.
  • New applications for BioAmber’s bio-succinic acid continue to grow our customer base and drive our revenue opportunities. We added another 5 customers in Q4, 2017, and an additional 8 thus far in Q1, 2018, bringing our total customer base to over 80. We are now exporting to 17 countries from our Sarnia, Ontario plant… by Bioamber.

BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest environmental footprint in the industry. CEO Rick Eno gave this illuminating overview of the company’s progress and promise at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC… by Jim Lane.

The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the global standard and certification scheme for sustainable biofuels. It is one of only four crops in the world to achieve that status… by Jim Lane.

Gena Arthur could only gaze in wonder at the ancient cave paintings before her – and marvel at their longevity. “I was in a cave in France and looking at these paintings that have been there for 30,000 years and, I asked myself, ‘what did they do’?” she said. “You know, I put paint on my house last year,” she thought, at the time, “and it’s chipping off and flaking off and this is 30,000 years old.”... by Harry Sullivan.