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A.J. (Sandy) Marshall,
former President, LANXESS Canada
Rising oil prices and growing concerns over environmental sustainability – combined with ongoing economic challenges in the forestry, agricultural and chemical industries – are creating strong incentives to use forestry and agricultural materials to create green fuels, green chemicals and green products. Southwestern Ontario is the heartland of Canada’s chemical and plastic industries. It is also home to thousands of hectares of prime agricultural land. BIC, a CECR, has brought these sectors together to establish Sarnia as an international biohybrid cluster that converts forestry and agricultural materials into biofuels, biobased chemicals and bioproducts for a wide range of applications, from construction materials to automotive parts.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has partnered with companies in the chemical, energy, automotive, agricultural and forestry sectors to position the Sarnia-Lambton region as a world-scale Hybrid Chemistry Cluster. It has created North America’s first bioindustrial laboratories and shared pilot plant facilities (Bowman Centre) for gasification, pyrolysis, fermentation and bioconversion – key technologies involved in converting agricultural and forestry by-products into fuels, chemicals, products and materials. The accelerator is home to three companies – Woodland Biofuels, GreenCore Composites and KmX Corp. – which collaborate with more than 80 researchers from 24 institutions and companies to build, demonstrate and test new technologies. BIC has also provided critical commercialization funding through its Sustainable Chemistry Alliance Innovation Fund.
* (formerly known as Bioindustrial Innovation Centre - BIC)
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada's 1st Annual BioProducts AgSci Cluster Workshop
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
March 11-12, 2015