Top Cdn BE: Lots of Biofuel Action

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January 22, 2018,

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To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical plants, you see the first and the most, here. There are three drivers for that… by Jim Lane.

Innovation in the forest sector will help to combat the effects of climate change, create new markets for Canadian forest companies and sustain good, middle-class jobs for Canadians. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced funding of $6.45 million for six projects in British Columbia to promote innovation and diversification in forestry and support collaboration with Indigenous communities… by Natural Resources Canada.

The Government of Canada has announced it will invest $3.5 million in funding to support an Alberta-based cleantech expansion project. The project will be carried out by Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, Rho Canada Ventures, and the Waste Management of Canada Corporation. Federal small business loans will help the partners to complete the final phase of a facility expansion project that will support innovative waste management practices… by Mentor Works.

Le Gouvernement du Québec a annoncé lundi matin l’octroi d’un montant de 1,3M$ supplémentaire pour le centre de recherche et de transfert technologique Agrinova-BioChar BorealisLe montant servira à la construction à Mashteuiatsh d’un bâtiment qui hébergera un centre de recherche et de transfert technologique en conversion thermochimique de cellulose de bois, visant la production de biocharbon et de produits dérivés à haute valeur ajoutée… by Anne-Marie Gravel.

This week we reported that Steeper Energy is partnering with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct a $59M industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway leading to a future commercial scale project... by Jim Lane.

This time next year, Chester municipality wants to be producing electricity out of potato skins and coffee grinds at its landfill, and selling it to Nova Scotia Power. The Municipality of the District of Chester is in the market for a wet anaerobic digestion system, issuing a call for tenders on Tuesday… by Andrew Rankin.

Jan. 16, 2018 – Today, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) announced the 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge – a global call for innovators to propose solutions to help Ontario industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. The initiative is part of the broader TargetGHG program, which is delivered by OCE on behalf of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change… by Ontario Centres of Excellence.

It’s been clear for a while now that there’s too much carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere, heavily contributing to a warming planet, and now scientists have come up with a new plan for dealing with all this excess CO2 – converting it into plastic. Plastic itself isn’t the most environmentally friendly of materials, but not only would it mean that CO2 gets converted into something useful, it could also reduce the need to produce plastics out of fossil fuels, giving us a better chance of hitting targets for limiting climate change… by Denis Bedova.

As Receiver of RTK, Grant Thornton Limited has been mandated to conduct a sales process for the Company’s assets. RTK was a producer of industrial wood pellets. The Company constructed the mill and launched operations in 2014. Additional upgrades were made to the mill in 2015 and 2016. The mill is presently idle… by Grant Thornton

SARNIA, Ontario – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) as one of Canada’s Resource Champions, for their outstanding efforts to promote natural resources development and trade in Canada. BIC’s efforts help ensure a prosperous future for the natural resources sector, the Canadian economy and for all Canadians..  by BIC

In 2016, BIC established the COMM SCI initiative program, which acts as a hub for the commercialization of sustainable chemistry and bio-based innovation. COMM SCI was established with a $12-million contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s (FedDev Ontario) Investing in Regional Diversification initiative and additional support from the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science… by BIC