Greenfield Global and the University of Alberta are developing a technology that will convert agricultural waste into renewable diesel fuel
by CM staff
The $2 million Government of Canada investment is advancing the company’s “waste-to-fuel” technology.
Edmonton — Greenfield Global Inc., Canadian alcohol, solvent and biofuels producer, welcomed Francis Drouin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to Greenfield’s sponsored laboratory space at the University of Alberta to share progress on a $2 million agricultural waste-to-clean fuel project funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program, Research and Innovation stream.
Greenfield, in collaboration with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering, is developing a new clean technology that will convert agricultural waste into renewable diesel fuel. This technology has the potential of reducing the overall greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural and transportation sectors by up to 90 per cent when compared to fossil-based diesel fuel.
“Climate change solutions not only help the environment but can also improve the economy and support producers – and projects like this are a great example,” said Francis Drouin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau. “This new technology will convert agricultural waste to renewable fuel, add value for producers and boost the energy industry, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Additional benefits of the technology include being feedstock agnostic and utilizing a spoke-and-hub approach to the collection of feedstocks, production of biocrude, and the refining of biocrude into renewable diesel.
Three key contributors that supported Greenfield’s funding submission process and helped make this project possible were the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and the Grain Farmers of Ontario.
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