Austrian technology will find a new home in the Fort McMurray region converting forestry wood waste into a valuable energy source, thanks in part to $2 million in funding from the Alberta government. The project, a $16-million project from Northland Forest Products Ltd., will divert wood waste in the region to create a new value-added opportunity from forestry biomass.
The commercial scale plant will use a thermo-chemical process to generate both thermal and electrical power with an estimated 1.4 megawatts of capacity, enough to power 1,400 average Alberta households. Carbon emission mitigation is also a key component of this proposal.
The funding was allocated through the Biorefining Commercialization and Market Development Program and the Bio-energy Infrastructure Development Program. Both grant programs are part of the Alberta government’s $239-million Nine-Point Bio-energy Plan designed to encourage the growth of a clean, renewable fuel industry in Alberta.
The grants also support product development, market research, and feasibility studies to assist bio-refiners in adopting new technologies and meeting market requirements.
More information on Alberta’s bio-energy industry and the grant programs is available on the Alberta Energy website at www.energy.gov.ab.ca under the Business section.