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CHAR pyrolysis facility to produce RNG with NGIF support

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CHAR Technologies (CHAR) will upgrade its operational high-temperature pyrolysis facility to produce around 20,000 gigajoules per year of RNG.

The firm’s pyrolysis facility converts woody materials and organic waste into renewable gases and biocarbon: activated charcoal ‘SulfaCHAR’ and solid biofuel ‘CleanFyre’.

The approval of a $300,000 (€201,000) grant from the Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) Industry Grants, a division of NGIF Capital Corporation, will support the RNG upgrades.

The grant funding will be partially disbursed at the commencement of each three milestones – detailed engineering design, fabrication and commissioning, and validation. CHAR expects project commissioning to begin in March 2022.

“NGIF was one of CHAR’s early supporters, and we are pleased to receive their support and continue our productive relationship,” said Andrew White, CEO of CHAR.

“The projects are vetted and supported by ACTO Pipelines, Enbridge Gas, FortisBC, Pacific Northern Gas, and SaskEnergy, allowing these utilities to see and validate CHAR’s high-temperature pyrolysis to RNG process.”

John Adams, NGIF Capital Corporation president and CEO, and NGIF Cleantech Ventures managing partner, commented: “I met Andrew [White] about 10 years ago when CHAR was a newly-formed spin-out from the University of Toronto and have seen continued growth in both his leadership and the organisation and now very excited to see RNG being produced at CHAR’s high-temperature pyrolysis facility.

“NGIF identifies and invests in opportunities that accelerate the clean technologies required to drive environmental performance in natural gas while also offering industry validation.”