Bringing biomass into Canada’s energy mix
NRC program targets bioenergy systems for stationary applications
October 09, 2013 — Gatineau, Quebec
The production of energy from biomass is opening up new markets for the Canadian forestry, agricultural and municipal solid waste sectors. Today, at the 2013 CanBio Annual Conference and Trade Show, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) launched its Bioenergy Systems for Viable Stationary Applications research program to help industry capitalize on these market opportunities.
“By connecting feedstock, technology and equipment suppliers with end-users in a large-scale, collaborative research effort, we can address interdependent biofuel production and utilization challenges,” said Andy Reynolds, General Manager of the Energy, Mining and Environment portfolio at the National Research Council of Canada. “This will accelerate deployment in markets where bioenergy is cost-competitive, such as remote communities and industry reliant on expensive diesel fuel, and cities facing high municipal solid waste diversion costs.”
The NRC bioenergy program will channel a critical mass of expertise into projects to optimize biofuel production and upgrading, and resolve biofuel-power plant compatibility issues, lowering the capital and operating costs for bioenergy systems and components. These activities will be complemented by technical support for codes and standards and techno-economic expertise to help clients from the project design and feasibility stage, to development, integration, testing and demonstration in the field.
Co-investment of industry and other stakeholders along the value chain – feedstock suppliers, technology providers, power plant original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators, utilities and other end-users – will ensure the program delivers integrated solutions to end-users within relevant deployment timelines. This will bring estimated economic benefits of over $800 million in targeted stationary markets over the next decade, expanding export opportunities for Canadian companies while keeping energy costs affordable for consumers.
In addition to a core multidisciplinary team of some 40 researchers based in Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal, clients and collaborators also have ready access to all of NRC’s world class staff and facilities conveniently located at sites across the country.
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