Renewable Natural Gas Production from Woody Biomass

Project Description:


Renewable natural gas (RNG) has the potential to replace 50% of Canada’s natural gas consumption and reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 108 million tons of CO2 equivalent per year. Forest residues have the largest untapped potential to produce RNG by thermochemical processes. The goal of this project is to create breakthrough advances in the technologies required to economically produce RNG at scale from wood based biomass. RNG production via thermochemical and catalytic pathways using novel catalysts will be developed. The project outcome is the technical, economic and design information needed to construct a demonstration plant at a pulp mill in B.C. This project is conducted In collaboration with partners the BC Pulp and Paper BioProducts Alliance (BC BioAlliance: an applied research and innovation consortium of Canfor, Catalyst, Domtar, Harmac, Mercer, Paper Excellence, and West Fraser) and FPInnovations.

Lead Researchers:



Tony Bi

Professor |
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

 


Kevin Smith

Professor |
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering