Canadian government funds biofuels and bioenergy projects
On March 30, the Canadian government provided funding for several biofuels and bioenergy projects, including those focused on liquid transportation fuels, biocarbon, renewable natural gas (RNG) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). ).
Enerkem, based in Montreal, Quebec, received a $5 million prize under Natural Resources Canada’s “Sold Out” program, which challenged Canadians to develop affordable, cleaner aviation fuel. Enerkem develops and uses advanced biochemical processes to convert municipal solid waste (MSW), as well as forestry and agricultural biomass, into sustainable chemicals and advanced biofuels, including SAFs.
“I am extremely proud of the recognition we received by winning the ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ challenge,” said Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO of Enerkem. “In order to reduce the carbon footprint of commercial aviation, we partnered with CRB and imagined a realistic approach based on proven technologies and using our abundant forest resources in a sustainable way. This was the strength of our solution, as confirmed by the competition jury.
Natural Resources Canada awarded $4.58 million to Canfor Pulp Ltd. in Prince George, British Columbia, to complete a preliminary engineering design study in support of a low-carbon biofuels production plant that will produce transportation fuels. The project will use patented Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTRTM) technology to convert hog fuels and other wood by-products into low-carbon biocrude.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco in Hamilton, Ontario has received $1.85 million to demonstrate the ability to use biocarbon in an industrial blast furnace in support of a future commercial technology demonstration at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco plant. Biocarbon will replace both metallurgical and pulverized coke in an effort to reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia has been awarded $1.16 million to create breakthrough advances in thermochemical processes to economically produce RNG from forest residues. The project will provide technical design information for the construction of an approximately 500 gigajoule (GJ) per day demonstration plant at a pump plant in British Columbia.