Top Cdn BE: Showcasing Ventures

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April 9, 2018,

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April 3, 2018 – A far-sighted local government is working with one of the world’s leading brewers to protect its pristine regional environment with an outstanding wastewater pre-treatment facility for a new brewery that is set to become a major employer in the district… by Global Water Engineering.

A 40,000 square-foot building at Chester’s landfill is expected to convert garbage bags into about 3.5 million litres of synthetic diesel every year. The facility intends to take on 90 per cent of the 50,000 tonnes of annual solid waste that arrives at the landfill and produce even more biofuel, through a process that generates zero emissions… by Andrew Rankin.

BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest environmental footprint in the industry. CEO Rick Eno gave this illuminating overview of the company’s progress and promise at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC… by Jim Lane and Rick Eno.

Iogen says it has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined engineering to transform cellulosic biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective fuels for today’s cars and trucks.” Also, the company has become a leader in the aggregation and sale of renewable natural gas. The first commercial cellulosic ethanol facility based on Iogen technology was built in Brazil by Raizen, a $30 billion Brazilian energy company, and started its commissioning process in late 2014 after completion of construction…. by Jim Land and Brian Foody.

April 5, 2018 – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) has made an investment in GreenMantra Technologies (GMT), a Brantford-based company that has made significant progress in up-cycling waste plastics, building a substantial ‘clean-tech’ enterprise by producing high value applications for their regional customers… by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada.

Benefuel is a renewable energy company that utilizes their patented ENSEL® catalyst technology to produce a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, with high yields. The biodiesel produced meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard, the highest market designation. BIC has been working with Benefuel for a number of years, providing advice and services in anticipation of Benefuel’s decision to build its first, commercial-scale ENSEL® plant in Sarnia... by Sandy Marshall.

It is not necessary that the thousands of metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted every year from power plants have to reach only the atmosphere. Scientists hope that by the next decade, CO2 waste could be affordably captured and transformed into useful molecules for renewable fuels, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, or feedstock. A team of US and Canadian researchers have described their proposal for making better use of CO2 and the ways to achieve it, in the Joule journal on March 29, 2018… by AZoCleantech.

The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata is certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the global standard and certification scheme for sustainable biofuels. It is one of only four crops in the world to achieve that status… by Jim Lane and Sreve Fabijanski.

A Yukon logging company is helping its bottom line by making good use of what would otherwise be considered waste product. It’s turning low-grade wood into chips, to fuel biomass burners. “About 25 per cent of what we’re originally harvesting would end up in the slash pile,” said Ivan Thompson of Bear Creek Logging in Haines Junction. “It’s being consumed by fire anyway, so [it] may as well be heating buildings.”… by CBC News.