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$20M plans unveiled for bio-oil plant and research facilities


Vancouver, BC – Energy solutions developer Dynamotive has announced the site location for a new flagship 200 tonnes-per-day bio-oil plant in Guelph, and a product research laboratory in the Waterloo area.

Together with its development partners, Dynamotive says it plans to invest $20 million in these initiatives through 2007 with further investments expected to follow.

The Guelph plant is being developed with MegaCity Recycling and will operate under the name Evolution Biofuels.

Dynamotive also announced that it has completed the development and installation of its product research laboratory in Waterloo. The laboratory will focus on developing value-added products from bio-oil with a view to enhancing bio-oil plant operations returns.

The Waterloo Research Laboratory, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamotive, will be headed by Dr Desmond Radlein and will be supported by Dr Jueh Wang and staff. Dynamotive says it has allocated $1.5 million for research through 2007.

“The company has identified a number of derivative products and chemicals derived from our bio-oil that will be the focus of development at the research facility,” says Andrew Kingston Dynamotive’s president and CEO. “There have been promising indications for the production of syngas from bio-oil, carbon activation from char and bio-oil blends. We are co-operating with universities and other research laboratories in North America and Europe in the development of derivative products from bio-oil and bio-oil/char mixes.”