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Canadian AD plant gets grant

An anaerobic digestion plant in Canada has received a C$1,500,000 (€1.1 million) grant from The BC Bioenergy Network, a provincially-funded company supporting the growing bioenergy sector in British Columbia.

The grant enables Elemental Energy to demonstrate Paradigm Environment Technologies' MicroSludge and anaerobic digestion at Catalyst Paper's Crofton-based pulp and paper mill on Vancouver Island.

This funding complements C$2.5 million from Natural Resources Canada and C$1.0 million from the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.

Contributions to the project have also been committed by Elemental Energy, Paradigm Environmental Technologies, Catalyst Paper, and FPInnovations for a total $6.1 million project budget.

The project involves the establishment of a fully automated transportable demonstration plant that includes a MicroSludge unit, sludge thickening equipment, anaerobic digesters, and a laboratory.

The plant will process a portion of the waste activated sludge (WAS) from the mill's effluent treatment plant to show how it can be turned into biogas, a renewable source of energy.

The demonstration will replicate mill operations in order to measure the operating savings at full scale.

Installation of the equipment at the Crofton mill, located north of Victoria, is scheduled for early 2011. The demonstration trial is expected to last about 15 months. Following the Crofton demonstration, the transportable plant will be moved to other pulp mills for further trials.

Source: TheBioenergySite News Desk