Canadian Biomass Magazine

Bio-energy and tech campus proposed in Sault Ste. Marie

October 2, 2012
By Sault Star

October 2, 2012, Sault Ste. Marie, ON – It's looking like the former St. Marys Paper site has a future in green energy.

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and Riversedge Developments Inc., the developer that is in the process of dismantling the former industrial site, announced this week they are actively seeking out educational institutions and businesses interested in a bio-energy and technology campus that would be constructed on the eastern third of the property.

Jason Naccarato, SSMIC's vice-president of development, told the Sault Star that the idea is to create a spot where post-secondary institutions and for-profit start-up companies could create and test new renewable energy technology – from heat-to-energy projects to biofuel and biomass.

Riversedge and the Innovation Centre have formed an advisory committee that includes representatives from Sault College and Algoma University.

He said talks have begun with private-sector companies too. The site would have small-scale plants which could be used as a proving ground for new technologies, and then continue to be used as test site once those technologies are established.

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