Government of Canada invests C$10m in new biorefinery

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Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, has announced a $10 million (€6.9m) contribution to BioLesna Carbon Technologies LP, a joint venture between BC Biocarbon and Dunkley Lumber Ltd., for a new biorefinery in Carrot River, Saskatchewan.
The contribution comes through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program, which aims to support Canada’s forest sector resilience through targeted investments in advanced technologies and products.
The Carrot River Biorefinery will utilise BC Biocarbon’s proprietary processes to convert residual biomass from forest operations to produce four initial products: biochar, bio-oil, wood vinegar and pyrolysis gas.
These materials can then be further refined into value-added products such as soil additives, filtration media, electrodes and specialty chemicals.
Based on the project’s ability to substitute products derived from non-renewable sources and the carbon sequestration capacity of the biochar produced, carbon removal credits may also be generated.
Through this project, BioLesna Carbon Technologies said it will create local employment for the Carrot River community and surrounding areas.
The Carrot River Biorefinery will also contribute to increased scale-up production and monetisation of low-grade feedstock, as well as improve the utilisation of forestry-based residuals and increase the diversity of forest products.
The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation programme facilitates the adoption of transformative technologies and products by bridging the gap between development and commercialisation, according to Natural Resources Canada.
The IFIT programme aims to create a more competitive and resilient forest sector with a focus on low-carbon projects that result in new or diversified revenue streams.
“Canadian innovation is helping us to address many challenges, including reducing food waste. The government of Canada is pleased to fund this expansion of a successful and innovative pilot programme on residential compost in Nelson, B.C. Congratulations to all of those involved, and thank you for your commitment to sustainability," said Wilkinson.


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