Top Cdn BE: China & Enerkem

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January 29, 2018,

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BEIJING, ChinaJan. 22, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Enerkem Inc. (, a world leading waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced today it has signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth over C$125M in the form of equity investment in Enerkem Inc., future licenses, equipment manufacturing and sales, as well as for the creation of a major joint venture that will lead the construction of over 100 Enerkem state-of-the-art facilities in China by 2035. The announcement was made in the presence of the Premier of QuebecPhilippe Couillard, during his China trade mission… by Enerkem.

We reported last week on the Silva Green Fuels JV between Sweden’s Södra and Norway’s Statkraft, using Steeper Energy technology to produce drop-in advanced biofuels in Norway. But Södra has much more going on, and we reported on a major development in December when we related that Södra will invest more than $12.5 million in the production of biomethanol, a sustainable fuel from forest raw material… by Jim Lane.

Enerkem bolted into the #2 position and Braskem reached the top 5 in the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy ballot, as subscriber balloting began to near the February 2nd conclusion for the 2018 poll. Overall, LanzaTech remains in the lead, followed by Enerkem, Amyris, Novozymes, Braskem, BASF, DSM, Genomatica, Renewable Energy Group and Poet-DSM. The Digest released the early-voting totals from Subscriber Voting — which do not yet include Invited International Selector votes… by Jim Lane.

The Brazil Bilateral is a co-operative R&D effort between Brazil’s Petrobras and the US National renewable Energy Laboratory. It aims to demonstrate technical and economic feasibility of co-processing raw fast pyrolysis oil in Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) operation, establish collaborations with credible commercial partners, generate co-processing yield data at steady-state from FCC unit at Petrobras demonstration refinery SIX, and perform techno-economic and sustainability analyses based on yield data… by NREL.

Thunder Bay, Ontario – January 22, 2018 – FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today announced a significant investment in the implementation of a TMP-Bio pilot project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pilot project will focus on developing new ways to efficiently produce and commercialize innovative bio-chemicals derived from wood, contributing to the development of a bio-economy in Northern Ontario, as well as elsewhere in Canada… by FPInnovations.

It’s been nearly two years since the province lifted regulations requiring NS Power’s biomass plant to run around the clock. Nevertheless, the facility has been operating non-stop for over a month now due to soaring natural gas prices. Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Tiffany Chase confirms the Point Tupper plant has been running “fairly consistently” over the past few months in order to provide a cheaper option for electricity customers... by Jacob Boon.

On Jan. 26, government officials in Canada inaugurated a biomethanation plant in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The facility processes waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) that is fed into grid of Énergir, a natural gas distributor in Quebec… by Erin Voegele.

A Gatineau biofuel company is helping to revolutionize the airline industry. Gatineau’s Agrisoma is powering the world’s first ever transpacific flight from the United States to Australia using jet fuel from a renewable source. On Sunday, Australia’s Qantas Airline will depart on a 15-hour journey from Los Angeles to Melbourne using a mix of traditional and renewable jet fuel… by CTV Ottawa.