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CRIBE invests in biomass-to-syngas demonstration plant


May 10, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is investing $900,000 to expand Elementa Group’s pre-commercial demonstration plant in Sault Ste. Marie to use forest biomass. The current Elementa process uses municipal solid…

The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is investing $900,000 to expand Elementa Group’s pre-commercial demonstration plant in Sault Ste. Marie to use forest biomass. The current Elementa process uses municipal solid waste to produce a high-quality synthetic gas (syngas). The funding will allow Elementa to make necessary modifications to begin using forest biomass as an additional feedstock.

According to CRIBE, converting this plant to also use forest biomass as a feedstock will demonstrate the viability of forest residue as a renewable energy source. “Sault Ste. Marie is surrounded by an abundant supply of renewable forest biomass and residual waste. Instead of this waste counting as an overhead cost to the industry, now we can convert it into a renewable energy source,” says Frank Dottori, chair of the CRIBE board.

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CRIBE is a provincial initiative to transform the forest products industry in northern Ontario.


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