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September 11, 2017,

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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.

Sept. 6, 2017 – The International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition is being reborn as the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition. The new name reflects a growth in the use of woody biomass from legacy industries such as wood pellet production and cogeneration to a full menu of products such as biofuels, biogas, biochemicals, biopharmaceuticals and other bioproducts…  by the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference.

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.

Sept. 5, 2017 – Whitecourt Power is investing $14.3 million into the refurbishment of its biomass power facility that has been turning wood waste into electricity for more than 20 years in Whitecourt, Alta. The refurbishment will include a repair of the facility’s boiler and the overhaul of its steam turbine and generator, according to the Whitecourt Star. The project will take about two months to complete and involve a facility shutdown. The Whitecourt Power facility received funding from the Government of Alberta’s Bioenergy Producer Program for the renovations… by Maria Church.
Sep. 7, 2017 – The Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre says its client Anomera has raised $1.7 million in financing to aid with its seed-stage phase. The Montreal, Quebec-based company describes itself as an innovator in green chemistry, materials science and sustainable manufacturing. The company converts raw materials from certified, biodiversity forest management origins into a proprietary, biodegradable, cellulose platform. Anomera says it conserves features of the strength and beauty of native cellulose, while elaborating it into highly performing products, saying it has created a new class of cellulose microbeads specifically crafted for the cosmetics and skin care industries… by Pulp & Paper Canada.
Sept. 7, 2017 -The semi-finalists have been chosen for the 2017 edition of The BioInnovation Challenge (BIC). Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova, the host of BIC, announced today that the semi-finalists who will take part in the program have been selected. The semi-finalists will receive professional pitch training between now and the semi-final run off, which will be held in Halifax on October 17. The program is part of a regional collaboration between BioNova, BioNB and PEI BioAlliance, its sister organizations in NB and PEI. The program allows up and coming life sciences companies to compete in the challenge and kick start their success… by BioNova.
Sept. 8, 2017 – As part of a $377.6-million transaction to diversify operations at its Brompton and Wayagamack Mills into specialty niches, Kruger Inc. is investing $4.8 million in its Biomass Cogeneration Plant adjacent to the Brompton Mill.
This major project, undertaken in partnership with the Government of Québec, will help to maintain more than 500 jobs in the Mauricie and Estrie regions. The announcement was made today in the presence of Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec; Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy; and Joseph Kruger II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kruger, as well as Ministers Luc Blanchette, Julie Boulet, and Luc Fortin… by Kruger.

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 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.