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BioFuelNet - BFN

$25 million for 2012-17
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Number of partners

Partner contributions
$16.3 million

McGill University, Montréal, Quebec

Scientific Director and CEO
Donald Smith Donald Smith

Board chair
Anne Drost Anne Drost

Building an advanced Canadian biofuels industry

The opportunity

Canada holds enormous potential for sustainable biofuel production. Its vast quantities of agricultural and forestry waste, plus municipal solid waste, provide the raw materials needed to produce a sustainable, clean fuel that reduces net greenhouse gas emissions relative to conventional fossil fuel. Energy crops, such as poplar and switchgrass, grown on marginal lands are another promising source of biomass for biofuel production. Advanced biofuels could enable Canada to meet its current federal ethanol blending mandate (5% ethanol blended into gasoline) with a home-grown, non-food alternative to U.S. corn ethanol imports. A national effort is under way to ensure that biofuels can be produced sustainably, economically and in large enough quantities to supply a significant proportion of Canada’s fuel needs.

How BFN is seizing the opportunity

BioFuelNet (BFN) focuses on solving major bottlenecks in the biofuel production chain as they pertain to feedstock, conversion and utilization, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. BFN has attracted more than 230 researchers from 27 Canadian academic institutions, and collaborations with 152 organizations – among them 99 industrial partners, including pulp and paper mills that are repurposing to use biofuels, first generation biofuel production plants that are transitioning to advanced feedstocks and technologies, and transportation stakeholders identifying their next generation of advanced biofuels.

Among the results

  • As part of Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), BFN, Air Canada and 12 other stakeholder organizations are assessing the feasibility, cost and environmental impact of establishing biojet fuel supply chains at key locations across the country. CBSCI aims to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel into a shared fuel system at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.  
  • BFN’s Advanced Biofuels Symposium has become Canada’s largest advanced biofuels event, gathering more than 300 participants from research, industry and government to discuss the development of the Canadian biofuels sector.
  • As part of its second phase of research, BFN funded ten research and commercialization projects in advanced biofuels, which are produced from non-food materials. The $8.5 million in funding targets strategic areas such as aviation and forestry-based biofuels.
  • BFN participated in Talk Energy Week 2016, with nine speakers presenting in eight cities during the campaign’s Speaker Series. BFN also sent educational kits about biofuels to grade 11 and 12 teachers across Canada.

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Turning Canadian wood waste into green bio-coal
April 27, 2015
Made-in-Canada bio-coal is competing to supplant traditional coal currently used for heat and power in much of the world. This novel renewable energy source comes as a growing number of jurisdictions, including Ontario, ban construction of traditional coal-fired power plants and impose strict regulations and restrictions on existing facilities. Read more
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Advanced Biofuels Course 2016: Introduction Lecture
August 11, 2016
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BioFuelNet Canada: Working together as a network
August 9, 2016
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Food vs Fuel with Warren Mabee
July 22, 2016
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BFN HQP Clement Villemont
April 7, 2016
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How I Saved The World
February 16, 2016
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Advanced Biofuels Symposium 2015
August 5, 2015
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BFN asks Montreal
May 27, 2015
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Increasing the Efficiency of Bioethanol Production
October 20, 2014
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BioFuelNet Canada: Advanced Biofuels Panel Discussion
February 19, 2014
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BioFuelNet Canada: Developing Biofuels of The Future
January 27, 2014