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$5M supports biofuels pilot projects


Vancouver, BC – The BC Bioenergy Network is rewarding nearly $5 million in funding to two biomass pilot projects.

The network has awarded $1.82 million in funding to Lignol Innovations and a further $3 million in funding to Nexterra Energy. Lignol uses biorefining technology to turn wood waste into fuel-grade bioethanol and biochemicals. Nexterra develops systems that turn wood waste into clean, renewable heat and power using biomass gasification technology.

“BCBN invests in technologies that can become building blocks of a robust clean bioenergy sector here in British Columbia,” said Michael Weedon, executive director of BCBN. “As we enter these uncertain economic times, it becomes crucial that we support smart, innovative and economically tested technologies that can help expand the industry in British Columbia. BCBN is a leading partner in the commercialization of these technologies and the opportunities they will bring to the province.”

The BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) was established in April 2008 through a $25-million provincial grant. It is an industry-led association that is encouraging the development of world-class bioenergy research and technology, pilot and demonstration projects with industry and communities in key biomass resource areas. The network has identified the following technology areas for funding support: solid wood residues, pulp and paper residues, harvesting and pelletizing, agriculture residues, municipal wastewater, municipal landfill waste, municipal solid waste and community heating electricity greenhouse systems.