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Forest industry technologies receive $4.7M in funding

August 28, 2019  

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Ottawa has announced two investments totalling more than $4.7 million in Woodland Biofuels.

“By investing in commercializing Woodland’s groundbreaking waste-to-fuel technology, Canada is leading the world in reducing fuel costs and fighting climate change,” says Greg Nuttall, chief executive officer of Woodland Biofuels. “Woodland’s process not only reduces GHG emissions by up to 92 per cent, it produces fuel at a lower cost than making gasoline from oil. The funding being provided by the Canadian government is expected to enable Woodland’s first commercial plant, which we anticipate will be built right here in Sarnia (Ontario).”

The first investment of $1.9 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, will allow Woodland Biofuels to develop a technology to produce ethanol, a sustainable and renewable fuel, from wood and agricultural waste. This technology will cut greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create and maintain jobs for Canadian workers.

The second investment of over $2.8 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, will increase the efficiency of Woodland Biofuels’ cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodland’s first commercial-scale ethanol facility.

This production plant utilizes a mixture of forestry waste and construction and demolition wood waste to produce ethanol. This project aims to create a permanent, new revenue-generating industry.

“The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is proud to partner with Woodland Biofuels to facilitate the commercialization of their innovative technology,” says Katherine Albion, executive director, Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. “Not only are we creating a world-class commercialization ecosystem at the Research Park, but our forest industry – related initiatives will support Woodland Biofuels to create sustainable, positive economic and environmental benefits for the SarniaLambton hybrid chemical cluster and the Canadian forestry sector.”

Headquartered in Toronto, Woodland Biofuels will integrate these projects in its operations in Sarnia.

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