In Canada, Steeper Energy has received a $3m grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) office. This funding is to be used for the development of an Industrial Scale Pilot Plant to commercialize its proprietary hydrofaction biomass-to-liquids technology platform. The SDTC funds will assist in the completion of Steeper Energy’s 100 barrel per day […]
In Canada, Altranex has been issued a patent for its novel process which transforms bio-based oils and fats into high performance lubricants. In independent evaluations by international motor oil producers, their product Altra-BASE exhibits performance characteristics of synthetic motor oils, but can be produced from multiple low-cost renewable sources much cheaper than synthetic fuels. “Altra-BASE […]
In Canada, a senior researcher with International Institute for Sustainable Development is looking at cattails as a possible feedstock for biofuels, especially as a heat source. Providence University in Otterburne, Manitoba wants to move towards more sustainable energy sources and already heats 80% of its campus with biomass, so is looking to cattails as a […]
In Canada, last week the City of Surrey broke ground on the less-than-$68 million MSW-based natural gas plant that is set to come online in 2017. Construction is set to start this spring on the facility designed by Netherlands-based Orgaworld under a 25-year design, build, finance, operate and maintenance contract.
In Canada, biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542, announced by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. With this funding, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), led by Canada Research Chair […]
In Canada, Comet Biorefining Inc announced the closing of a funding round led by Sofinnova Partners. Comet will use the proceeds to complete the design of its commercial facility, expand the team and continue to develop commercial partnerships. Comet has developed a proprietary technology for the conversion of wood, wheat straw, bagasse, corn stover and […]
In Wisconsin, ethanol exports have increased 18% according to numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. The increases have totaled an export value of over $250 million dollars and have driven Wisconsin’s export totals to an all time high. Exports to Canada, the top buyer of Wisconsin agricultural products, jumped 14 […]
In Canada, the Government of Canada is making an investment of $3.7 million to help Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative (IGPC) Ethanol Inc. install Canada’s first Fiber Separation Technology(TM) (FST) system to help boost production through operational efficiencies. This investment will enable IGPC Ethanol to have a higher output of ethanol, corn oil and distillers’ grains, […]
In Canada, Luxembourg-based Heridge has launched a new subsidiary called Atlantic Biodiesel to assume control of the former Great Lakes Biodiesel facility in Dain City. The company had won the 170 million liter facility at auction having already partly funded the project’s development with a loan that was never fully paid.
In Canada, a new report from World Resources Institute is under fire from the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. GRFA is accusing the report of using false data on the environmental and land use impacts of biofuels. According to GRFA, the report claims that “biofuels have increased competition for land and food but fails to show […]