Top Cdn BE: First Nations Bioenergy Hurt by Ford

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July 2, 2018,

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Everyone in our industry can agree that it is in our interest to promote a greater understanding of the role of biofuels in the fight against climate change. Canada is a great example of how biofuels can lead the way for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, and of the importance of bringing this message to policymakers… by Jim Grey.

The forest industry is looking at new ways to turn its ‘trash’ into ‘treasure,’ and provide solutions to some issues unique to Squamish at the same time. Once a significant pollutant, the industry is using new technologies to convert its wood waste, or biomass— including wood shavings, sawdust, offcuts, wood chips, tree bark, and pellets — into biofuel, a form of renewable energy… by Lauren Boothby.

What if, instead of burning piles of wood debris throughout the Robson Valley, that fibre could be turned into a high-value and relatively earth-friendly fuel to create electricity in coal plants overseas? Jason Janus the CEO of 4Leaf Corp was in McBride last Thursday revealing more details about their planned biochar plant in the community. Janus co-hosted an open house at the office of the McBride Community Forest. He says the company has occupancy of the former MFI industrial site outside of McBride, but they have not yet closed the deal to purchase the property… by Jason Janus and Andru McCracken.

What if instead of having to adopt new types of vehicles that are electric or run on hydrogen—and all the new infrastructure and technological challenges this requires—the vehicles ran on carbon-neutral versions of ordinary gas or kerosene? This is the idea behind “synthetic hydrocarbons,” or synfuels, or sometimes just “air to fuels.” They can be manufactured by combining CO2 captured from the atmosphere with cleanly-produced hydrogen. When combusted, these synfuels just emit back into the atmosphere what had earlier been drawn down, making the fuel carbon-neutral... by the Climate Examiner.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, June 29, 2018 / — A new report conducted by Navius Research and sponsored by Advanced Biofuels Canada explores the causes of abnormally high fuel prices in the Vancouver region, and assesses the potential of clean fuels to provide more competition at the pump… by Ian Thomson.

When school starts this fall, the University of Winnipeg will flip the switch on a novel way to keep downtown buildings heated — with boilers that burn wood pellets. Last fall the downtown university took delivery of two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers, to provide supplementary heating a steam plant now provides for its Ashdown, Manitoba and Lockhart Halls… by Lorraine Stevenson.

Ying Zheng is a professor of chemical engineering and was the 2017 Canada Research Chair in Chemical Processes and Catalysis at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). She is an expert in the field of energy process engineering, more specifically catalytic processes for fuel upgrading and waste-to-energy and value-added products. She has published more than 120 papers and has ten patents to her name, some of which have been licensed or are in the process of being licensed. An accomplished and dedicated professional, Ying is an inspiring and influential role model… by Anne Millar and Mary Wells.

Liquid multi-carbon alcohols such as ethanol and n-propanol are desired as renewable transportation fuels. They offer high energy densities, ease of long-range transport, and direct drop-in usage in existing internal combustion engines. Engineering catalysts that favor high-value alcohols is desired… by the University of Science and Technology of China.

Northern Ontario’s bio-economy prospects have been dealt a hit with the incoming Ford government’s pre-emptive strike to kill a multitude of provincial cap-and-trade programs. A week before the Ford government’s June 29 swearing-in ceremony, word went out from Queen’s Park that a slew of Green Energy Ontario programs were being closed, including the$6.7-million Modern Wood Heating Pilots for Sioux Lookout, Wawa, Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island and six Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities in northwestern Ontario… by Ian Ross.