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Canadian National Bioeconomy Strategy Released (Ind. Report)
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Date: 2019-05-15
In Ottawa, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has released Canada's first national Bioeconomy Strategy reflecting the views of more than 400 industry representatives from across the country.

The Strategy recommends action on four key priority areas identified in foundational work by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Economic Sector Strategy Tables, and Canada's forestry ministers. These priority areas call for: creating agile regulation and government policy; establishing biomass supply and stewardship; building strong companies and value chains; and building strong sustainable innovation ecosystems.

Consultations with industry concluded a national Strategy is needed to fully advance Canada's bioeconomy. The Strategy recognizes the role of innovation clusters and ecosystems as key to advancing Canada's bioeconomy. These venues will facilitate relationships between producers, SMEs, and large firms along the full value chain, domestically and globally.

With this Strategy, industry has addressed the ways in which Canada's competitive advantages including access to biomass, global leadership in forestry and agriculture, sustainable resource management, and a skilled workforce, can make Canada a world leader.

The recommendations focus on commercializing innovations to grow larger companies, and to have Canadian products and processes adopted into international value chains and call on the government to introduce policies, regulation and support for companies and the agriculture and forestry sectors to adopt practices and new technologies that improve stewardship of natural resources and increase productivity.

Download the Canada's Bioeconomy Strategy: Leveraging our Strengths for a Sustainable Future report HERE. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, May, 2019) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, (226) 778-0020,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioeconomy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  

BIC Approves Benefuel's Sarnia Biodiesel Project (Ind. Report)
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,Benefuel
Date: 2018-05-30
Following up on our April 4 coverage, the not-for-profit NGO Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) Center for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI) initiative program is reporting approval of a COMM SCI project with Benefuel. The company utilizes its patented ENSEL catalyst technology to produce a low-carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, with high yields.

Benefuel's catalytic process ENSEL combines esterification of free fatty acids (FFA) and transesterification of triglycerides into a single process step—a long-standing technology goal of the biodiesel and oleochemical industries. Solving these challenge significantly expands feedstock options, simplifies the refining process and enables a cost structure competitive with petroleum products.

The COMM SCI project ams to support a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a 20 million gpy biodiesel plant to be located in Sarnia, Ontario. (Source: BIC, Benefuel, Green Car Congress, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir.,; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,  Benefuel,  

BIC Approves Investment in Benefuel Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Benefuel,Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Date: 2018-04-04
Sarnia, Ontario-based non-profit industry group Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) reports it has been advising on, and approved an investment in Benefuel's planned commercial-scale biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ont. BIC provide critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies.

Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, April 03, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir.,; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Benefuel,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,  

Advanced Chemical Technologies Plans Sarnia Methanol Demo (Ind. Report)
Advanced Chemical Technologies
Date: 2017-11-13
Advanced Chemical Technologies reports it plans to construct a $150 million commercial scale green methanol demonstration facility at Transalta's Bluewater Energy Park in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario by late 2020. To that end, the company has partnered with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) to conduct a feasibility study and identify any commercial barriers to the project.

ACT's proprietary process will use industrial CO2 emissions, natural gas, water, and electricity to produce methanol which can be used as a fuel and in products like plastics and adhesives. (Source: Advanced Chemicals Technologies, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Blackburn, Nov., 2017) Contact: Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc., Doug Beynon, Pres., (405) 843-2585,; Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, (226) 778-0020, /

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Biochemical,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada ,  

S2G's Sarnia Advanced Biorefinery Project Underway (Ind. Report)
S2G BioChem, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Date: 2017-06-21
Vancouver, BC-based S2G BioChem (S2G), a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, reports it has begun work on its first standalone biorefinery demonstration plant in Sarnia, Ont. Basic engineering for the facility is underway and construction is expected to begin in 2018.

The commercial-scale facility will refine local, sustainable forestry and agricultural residues using S2G's patented process to produce more than 2,000 MTY of xylitol and bioglycols.

The new $20 million biorefinery demonstration plant, will be funded by S2G and a network of investors and partners, including previously announced support from food giant Mondelez International and Bioindustrial Innovation Canada's (BIC) Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation fund (COMM SCI). COMM SCI was established with support from the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario's Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada , S2G Biochem , Canadian Biomass, 20 June, 2017) Contact: S2G BioChem, Mark Kirby, Pres., (604) 221-8670,; Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., (226) 778-0020,

More Low-Carbon Energy News S2G BioChem,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,  

Comet Biorefining's Sarnia Plant Completes Funding Round (Funding)
Comet Biorefining
Date: 2017-03-06
Following on our Dec. 5th, 2016 coverage, London, Ontario-based Comet Biorefining is reporting completion of a round of equity financing for its planned plant in Sarnia, Ontario, to turn corn stover and wheat straw into sugar for industrial uses.

The equity financing was led by PM Equity Parnership, the corporate venture and private equity investment arm of Philip Morris International. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), a government-funded non-profit agency that helps companies develop renewable and bio-based technologies, and Sofinnova Partners also participated. The terms of the financing were not disclosed.

Design and engineering work is underway for a planned commissioning in 2018. The plant is expected to produce 60 million ppy of dextrose sugar. (Source: Comet Biorefining, Sarnia Observer, Mar., 2017) Contact: Comet Biorefining, Rich Troyer, CEO, (519) 494-7514,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Comet Biorefining,  Corn Stover,  Cellulosic ,  

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