Innovation
The first panel of the day at the 2016 Scaling Up Conference in Ottawa focused on setting the stage for growing a successful bioeconomy.
Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike.
Officials from Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the construction and commissioning of an oxy-fired pressurized fluidized bed combustion (oxy-PFBC) pilot test facility at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa on Oct. 18.
Fanshawe College has begun construction of its new biotechnology research facility, the Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology, in London, Ont. The new centre will advance biotechnology, chemistry, and environmental technology programs through research and innovation with industry collaborations and partnerships.
Kelheim Fibres has developed a viscose fibre which provides static dissipation. These electrically conductive fibres may have use in protective work wear for electrostatic discharge or in moisture detection applications.
Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The research centre has developed solvents which are able to extract 50 per cent of the lignin from wood in a pure form that retains its natural chemical structure during processing.
A new round of research and innovation funding aimed at growing a sustainable bioeconomy in Alberta has been announced. Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has approved nearly $13 million in funding for 61 projects by researchers and companies.
The potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to solve the toughest problems facing manufacturers was the main topic of the 41st annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas conference.
One European speaker at the PacWest conference had words of caution regarding Canada’s global position within the pulp and paper industry. Mats Nordgren, a specialist with Valmet, described how the industry in Europe is rebuilding and upgrading technology in the mills. He hopes Canadian companies will invest and keep up.
AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.
Finnish pulp producer Stora Enso has announced a joint development and license agreement to cooperate on bio-based chemicals development with California-based Rennovia, a specialty chemicals company.
The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program has partnered with NineSigma to establish and manage an open innovation platform to assist newly commercialized products and technologies find new markets and new innovative uses in the global marketplace.
The use of bio-based cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) offers potential benefits for the production of both conventional and new paper grades, according to a technical paper authored by experts from GL&V and the University of Maine. The paper, The Application of CNF to Improve Packaging Grade Performance, was presented at PaperWeek Canada in February.
Armand Langlois reported at PaperWeek Canada on the progress his company, Enerlab 2000, is making in the development of a polymerization process to incorporate lignin in polyurethane.
American Process, Inc. has received a patent for its BioPlus™ nanocellulose technology, U.S. Patent No. 9,187,865. This patent covers an AVAP® process for producing a nanocellulose material, as well as many downstream applications using the nanocellulose.

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