BC government funds biomass, biogas projects

By Anna Austin | July 28, 2011

The British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines and Minister for Renewable Housing’s Innovative Clean Energy fund has selected 12 renewable energy projects that will receive a total of $8 million in funding. Five of them will utilize biogas or biomass for heat and/or power.

The ICE fund helps British Columbia entrepreneurs, communities and First Nations demonstrate the viability of their precommercial clean technologies to investors and customers worldwide. Since 2008, 56 projects have been approved for $79 million in funding.

In the latest round of projects, ASG Canada Energy Inc. at Anahim Lake will receive $1 million to convert waste biomass to biodiesel and show how communities and industry can use the excess heat and electricity for power.

Cedar Road LFG Inc. in Nanaimo will use $1 million to demonstrate a solution for the storage and dispensing of biogas for commercial vehicles, as well as a new heat recovery system that will capture waste heat for the district. The facility already produces 1.3 megawatts of electricity from biogas and sells it to BC Hydro.

Nations Energy Corp. in Kamloops will receive $1 million for a commercial-scale torrefaction plant that will convert mountain pine beetle-damaged wood into biocoal fuel pellets for use in power stations, boilers and cement kilns as an alternative to coal.

Pytrade Canada Inc. in Kitimat will use $1 million to help build a fast-pyrolysis plant that will heat biomass to produce bio-oil to create electricity for the grid, as well as biocoal and biogas.  

Tsay Keh Dene First Nation at Williston Lake will receive $1 million for a project that will use wood waste from the shores of Williston Lake to produce heat and electricity for the community, which is currently reliant on diesel fuel for heat.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines estimates that these five projects, along with the others, will bring $79 million in investment and 475 jobs to about 10 British Columbia communities.