$10.1 million invested into Canadian biomass cluster

Canada’s government announced a federal investment of up to $7 million (€6.19 million) to a biomass cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The cluster, led by producer BioFuelNet Canada Network, will also include an additional $3.1 million (€2.74 million) in contributions from the industry for a total of $10.1 million (€8.93 million).

Three key areas of research at the cluster include: advanced technologies to boost biomass production; using biomass heat and energy to extend the greenhouse growing season in Northern Canada; and reducing production costs and expanding export markets for biomass.

“Our Government is proud to support innovation that will help position Canada's agricultural sector as a leader in the production of bioenergy and other bioproducts,” said Lawrence MacAulay, minister of agriculture and agri-food.

“This investment in biomass research will help farmers manage agricultural waste, reduce energy costs and environmental impacts, while creating new market opportunities for Canadian bioenergy.”

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