September 3-10, 2007

Atikokan Bio-Energy Research Centre to support six clean energy projects

ATIKOKAN, ONT-The Atikokan Bio-Energy Research Centre is receiving $4 million from the Ontario government to support six innovative clean energy projects; work on these bioenergy projects will include research and testing in northern Ontario. Covering a range of practical applied research topics in the field of bioenergy, the six projects will be directed by researchers from Ontario universities and colleges and will receive additional financial or in-kind support from partner companies in the industrial sector. The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), an organization that connects academia and industry to bring innovations to market, is managing the program on behalf of the Ministry of Energy. Through the Atikokan Centre, OCE has issued offers of funding for the following projects: direct and indirect methods of co-firing peat and forest biomass with coal (Lakehead University); assessing the environmental impacts of peat as a potential energy source (Lakehead University); maximizing the economic benefit of utilizing wood biomass for energy production (Lakehead University and Confederation College); optimizing power plant combustion processes for co-fired biomass fuels (McMaster University, University of Toronto); new technology to monitor mercury emissions (University of Toronto); and enhancing the capacity in northwestern Ontario to develop a sustainable wood pellet industry (Queen's University). It is expected that research will begin this fall.

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