Land secured for new biomaterials innovation centre Technoparc Montréal and FPInnovations have concluded the purchase of lands by FPInnovations for its establishment at the Technoparc de Montréal. The lands, totalling more than 360,000 square feet, are in the southern part of the Technoparc de Montréal, the Eco-campus Hubert Reeves section. “This is an opportunity for the greater Montreal area as well as for the Quebec and Canadian forest industry to lead the way in the field of biomaterials and clean technologies,” said Pierre Lapointe, president and CEO of FPInnovations. “The location chosen at the Technoparc will allow us to get closer to our current partners, to facilitate travel for our collaborators, and to allow our employees to work within an environment that promotes innovation and cooperation.” “We are very proud of this transaction, which marks a real kick-off in the development of the Eco-campus Hubert Reeves. FPInnovations corresponds exactly to the type of resident companies looking for a workplace with a perfect symbiosis between humans and nature. We are convinced that the arrival of FPInnovations will attract a growing interest for companies wishing to settle in an environment where nature protection is a priority,” said Mario Monette, president and CEO of Technoparc Montréal. Anomera raises $1.7 million to turn wood waste into cellulose microbead The Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre says its client Anomera has raised $1.7 million in financing to aid with its seed-stage phase. The Montreal, Quebec-based company converts raw materials from certified, biodiversity forest management origins into a biodegradable, cellulose platform. It conserves the strength of native cellulose while elaborating it into highly performing products, creating a new class of cellulose microbeads for the cosmetics and skin care industries, describes the company. As consumers become increasingly concerned about what goes into these products and the impact of industrial practices on the environment, founders Dr. Mark Andrews, Tim Morse, Monika Rak and Nathan Hordy say they have found a way to replace environmentally damaging plastic microbeads. “We have been able to use Canadian forest industry cellulose to make game-changing cosmetic ingredients that can outperform microplastics. We really have a natural alternative to mineral, ceramic and artificial ingredients,” said Dr. Andrews. Anomera says it is looking to use its early seed-stage funding for significant scale-up to supply large quantities of ingredients to its first customer. In the near future, Anomera will seek A-round financing to build a manufacturing facility, distribution channels, staff key employees, and invest in R&D as well as business development. The company has received support from the incubation services of CEIM in Montreal, Que., the RIC Centre in Mississauga, Ont., and Green Centre Canada in Kingston, Ont. “With the great support of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in Mississauga, we have nearly completed scale up to significant quantities of cosmetic ingredients, and run-to-run validation of our processes,” said Dr. Andrews. Enerkem approved to sell cellulosic ethanol in U.S. Waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem has received approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alta., facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Enerkem’s advanced biofuels facility has completed the necessary steps required by the EPA and is the first ever municipal waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant to receive approval to sell in the United States. Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels are to be blended in the conventional transportation fuel pool by 2022, notes Enerkem. “With this EPA approval, we are now able to sell one of the lowest-carbon transportation fuels into the world’s largest biofuels market,” said Vincent Chornet, Enerkem president and CEO. “This provides further validation of Enerkem’s leading position in the global race to decarbonizing the transportation fuel sector, which is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.” Enerkem is now registered for D3 Renewable identification numbers (RINs) credits. These RIN credits are purchased by U.S. refiners to comply with the U.S. RFS program. The EPA has established that cellulosic biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 60 per cent when compared to gasoline. Earlier this year, Enerkem expanded its Edmonton biofuel facility to produce some 13 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually following the commissioning of its methanolto- ethanol conversion unit. This pioneering facility has been financed by private sources and received funding support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Alberta Innovates and Alberta Energy. Headquartered in Montreal, Que., Enerkem produces biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. Its technology converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other chemical intermediates.
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