Top Cdn BE: History of Biofuels

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January 1, 2018,

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In the modern world, fuels are often equated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. However, fossil fuels only came into their own during the 20th century. From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme. Both fossil fuels and biofuels originate from biomass. The major difference between them is that fossil fuels are sequestered carbon, and biofuels are renewable carbon… by Gerald Kutney.

The 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 1st is a time to reflect upon the country’s achievements; this article covers the evolution of the Canadian biofuel industry – including gaseous, liquid and solid biofuels, and biomass power – from 1867 to 2017. The foundations of the biofuel industry in Canada are found in the nation’s forest resources… by Gerald Kutney.

December 20, 2017 – TORONTO, December 20, 2017 – 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 the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

A familiar company to Cochrane is setting up its first office and it plans to make the town its ‘ground zero.’ Eco-Growth Environmental Inc., an environmental company born in Calgary, has established its headquarters on Railway Street – a move which its staff say is not only going to help with the green causes in Cochrane, but will also help boost the economy by creating jobs… by Amy Tucker.

Waste-to-product company Renewi PLC has announced that it recently started accepting the first waste at its new Organics Biofuels Processing Facility, a closed-loop and fully integrated organics waste management system in the city of Surrey, Canada, that is expected to help supply fuel for the city’s waste collection trucks… by Joseph Bebon.

Quesnel mayor Bob Simpson is worried the approval of Site C will have an immediate impact on forestry towns, as BC Hydro will have a reduced need for biomass from the lumber industry in order to meet energy needs in the province. The provincial power provider has several contracts in place to purchase power produced by companies that convert wood waste, or biomass, into electricity. Sources include wood chips and sawdust from mills, and slash from roadsides and logging sites… by Andrew Kurjata.

In Canada, the Manitoba Cooperators reports that with the US all but shutting its doors to biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, demand for Canadian canola is increasing so much that prices for ICE Canada canola futures rose to a two-month high on the back of stronger soy oil prices. Thanks to higher prices, crush margins for canola also rose this week by C$10 to C$84 above the January futures contract. The US’s International Trade Commission determined on December 21 that Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports had “materially damaged” the US biodiesel industry... by Meghan Sapp.