Canadian Company Gets British Funding for Renewable Energy

A Canadian company that produces energy from biomass has received one of Britain’s largest grants to develop its process.

LONDON, England, UK, 2001-04-02 <> DynaMotive Europe Limited, a subsidiary of DynaMotive Technologies Corporation of Vancouver, has received a £1.16 million (US$1.7 million) grant from the Department of Trade & Industry to enable commercial production testing of an integrated BioOil and electricity generating plant in the U.K. The total project will cost more than £4.5 million (US$6.6 million) and will be funded equally by Dynamotive and its partners in the project, Border Biofuels and Orenda Aerospace. The grant was announced by British Energy Minister Peter Hain, and will be used to develop an integrated feedstock preparation, BioOil production and power generation plant. Border Biofuels plans to construct a 25-tonne a day facility using DynaMotive’s patented fast pyrolysis technology to produce BioOil under a licensing agreement. The plant is expected to have a production capacity of 12,000 litres of BioOil a day, enough to power a sawmill. “Biomass is a key source of renewable energy and will be very important if we are to achieve our target of securing 10 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2010,” says Hain. “The government is very committed to renewables and is introducing an obligation on electricity suppliers to supply a proportion of their electricity from renewable sources. It has also proposed a capital grants programme of £89 million for biomass and offshore wind.” The plant will mark a milestone in the development of BioOil, becoming the largest commercial production facility of its kind in Britain. The integrated plant will demonstrate the commercial viability of larger scale integrated BioOil and electricity production facilities using wood waste as a fuel. BioOil is produced using a patented fast pyrolysis technology that converts biomass into a liquid fuel. Unlike fossil fuels, BioOil is clean burning, low in emissions of greenhouse gas and can be produced economically from renewable and non-depleting biomass such as timber, sawdust and sugar cane bagasse. It can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels to generate power and heat in boilers, gas turbines and diesel engines “We have long-term plans for the production of BioOil as a real alternative to fossil fuels to provide electricity in the U.K.,” says Adrian Bowles of Border Biofuels. “This testing and demonstration of an integrated facility will allow us to refine production techniques, ensuring that BioOil can be developed on this basis.” “Renewable energies are clearly a vital component in meeting the challenges of sustainable development,” says Canada’s High Commissioner Jeremy Kinsman.

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