September 11, 2017,
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- Biochar In Ontario
- Bioenergy in Alberta
- Green Chemistry Startup Gets Funding
- BioInnovation Challenge
- Biomass Co-gen in Quebec
- Porter Flying with Biofuels
- Finnish Bioenergy Co′s Looking at Canada
THUNDER BAY — Atikokan, located between Thunder Bay and Fort Frances, is home to the largest 100 per cent wood biomass generating facility in North America — but between 80 and 90 per cent of the time, it generates nothing at all. Thunder Bay boasts a state-of-the-art advanced biomass station, but for approximately 98 per cent of the year, it, too, lies idle… by Jon Thompson.
IT’S UNFORTUNATE that concerns and questions over what Haliburton Forest had planned for a biochar facility on Kennaway Road had to be taken to the Ontario Municipal Board in order to be answered. Given the relatively minor tweaks to the bylaw that resulted from the process, it seems that a lot of money and time had to be spent in order to change so little. Not to mention the hard feelings and deep suspicions that only intensified as the process went on. But that’s what the OMB process is all about. Local residents are exercising their right, granted them by provincial legislation, to conduct hearings on municipal planning decisions… by Jenn Watt.
In mid-April 2012, Porter Airlines used one of its Bombardier Q400 turboprop airliners to conduct the first biofuel-powered revenue flight in Canada. Porter’s biofuel-powered revenue flight utilized a 50/50 blend of biofuel with Jet A1 fuel.The biofuel portion is derived from the oilseed crop, Camelina sativa* (49 per cent) and Brassica carinata* (one per cent). Other key partners in the biofuel program include Saskatchewan-based Targeted Growth Canada (TGC), the producer of the crop of Camelina sativa and Pratt & Whitney Canada, the manufacturer of the PW150A engines that power the Q400 aircraft http://q400nextgen.com/en/. Funding for the program is being provided by the partners as well as by the Green Aviation Research & Development Network… by Aircraft Logbook.
There are emerging bioeconomy investment and development projects in Canada, especially in Ontario and Quebec Provinces. Behind the current development is a policy change, demanding large emitters like local steel and cement industries to increase the use of renewable energy. In addition, the country is closing landfills, which means that organic waste has to be recycled or converted to energy, e.g. biogas. Moreover, there are other legislative proposals and plans, which are a part of Canada’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, the federal government plans to impose a carbon tax on oil, coal and gas based energy production… by Saku Liuksia.