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Biofour to test biomass incinerator

Feb. 28, 2012, Saint-Alexis-de-Monclams, QC - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced an investment of up to $126,400 in Biofour Inc., through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program, to test an incinerator for agricultural biomass combustion.


February 28, 2012
By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Feb. 28, 2012, Saint-Alexis-de-Monclams, QC – Thanks to an investment by the Canadian government, Canadian
producers will have access to new business opportunities for
agricultural biomass. Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister
of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced an investment
of up to $126,400 in Biofour Inc., through the Canadian Agricultural
Adaptation Program (CAAP), to test an incinerator for agricultural
biomass combustion.

“This project offers producers new opportunities and will generate
positive economic benefits while reducing both greenhouse gas emissions
and the contamination of the water table and soil,” said Minister
Paradis. “The marketing of this technology in other industries could
generate an interesting diversification of the sector. The green economy
is creating jobs and shows promise for the entire country.”

Biofour Inc. will use this investment to test a boiler incinerator
that burns biomasses other than those derived from forest products. The
goal is to verify its effectiveness and its economic value in the
sector’s daily applications. This trial will attempt to evaluate the
energy potential of various biomasses. The project will supply a poultry
house and will allow for use of the incinerator in a heating network
supplied by crop residues and poultry litter.

This project will have a positive impact on the agricultural sector
by giving producers new ways to profit from agricultural residues,
either by marketing their raw materials in organized markets or by
acquiring an oven and reclaiming the residues.

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“These funds will help support our efforts to develop technologies
that add value to agricultural and agri-food residual materials,” said
Marilou Cyr, Director of Marketing, Communications and Business
Development at Biofour Inc. “Our goal is to provide an alternative
heating and residue management solution for Canadian agricultural and
agri-food businesses, thus helping to simultaneously reduce production
costs and greenhouse gas emissions.”

CAAP is a five-year program (2009-14). It has a budget of $163
million and aims to help the Canadian agricultural sector adapt and
remain competitive. The measures included in the next phase of Canada’s
Economic Action Plan, combined with other Government of Canada programs
and initiatives, such as CAAP, will continue to help farmers by
emphasizing job creation and strengthening the economy. The investments
in new business opportunities will help to further reinforce Canada’s
agricultural sector and economy for the future.


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