Top Cdn BE: Enerkem

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November 6, 2017,

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Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals. Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility is the result of more than 10 years of efforts to scale up Enerkem’s technology from pilot and demonstration, to full commercial scale. Enerkem’s Tim Cesarek gave this illuminating overview on the company’s progress towards further commercial installations, and milestones along the way, at ABLC Next in San Francisco... by Tim Cesarek.

A company planning to build a plant in Sarnia to turn corn stalks and wheat straw into sugar has sweetened the deal for members of a farm co-op formed to be its partner and supplier. Comet Biorefining, a startup company from London, has said it will build and operate a plant at the TransAlta site in Sarnia able to produce 27 million kilograms (60 million pounds) of dextrose sugar annually for use in the making of renewable fuels and biochemical... by Paul Morden.

Oct. 31, 2017 – Montreal-based BioAmber has announced president and chief operating officer Fabrice Orecchioni has resigned. Orecchioni will be assuming an advisory role with BioAmber, supporting a series of strategic initiatives through to Feb. 24, the company announced… by Maria Church.

Agriculture’s role in reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment looms large in the provincial government’s, Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. The word “agriculture” appears 34 times in the 60-page document. “Manitoba’s farmers are at the front lines of climate change and need to be at the forefront of solutions,” the plan says… by Allan Dawson.

Nov. 3, 2017 – The wood pellet research laboratory (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia is getting a boost of $250,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The funding is part of a larger grant of $1.8 million to a larger group of UBC researchers to further support the development of the UBC’s biorefining research and innovation capacity. Founded in 1997, the CFI funds state-of-the-art research infrastructure (facilities and equipment) that Canadian researchers will use to conduct world-class research... by Shahab Sokhansanj.

Nov. 3, 2017 – In July of 2016, in an article published in Policy Options, I wrote: “One day soon, our children will be pulling bio-based products off the shelves without even thinking about it. But transitioning to the bioeconomy will take a coherent effort over 20 years. If Canada wants to stay competitive with its neighbours, we had better get started.”… by Jeff Passmore.