Feds invest up to $11.2M to Bioproducts Cluster
April 25, 2019
By Ellen Cools
April 25, 2019 – Today the federal government announced an investment of up to $11.2 million for the Bioproducts Cluster, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to work towards providing alternatives to non-renewable based materials.
Led by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, the cluster will include an additional $10.9 million in contributions from industry.
The Bioproducts Cluster will support research on new applications for farm crops and residues, in a range of categories, including energy, chemical and industrial products. One project includes up to $2 million of funding for Ecosynthetix, a renewable chemicals company focused on bio-based materials, to develop new green resins for adhesive binders in wood products. This could ultimately provide the construction sector with a greener building product.
“Biondustrial Innovation Canada is pleased to receive support from the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to continue to support the development of emerging technologies and non-traditional sectors that provide benefit to Canadian farmers. The outcomes of the Bioproducts Cluster will lead to development and further commercialization of technologies focusing on biochemicals, biomaterials, biofuels and energy from the agriculture sector, as well as novel agricultural practices to assist in providing sustainable biomass feedstocks and co-products to these applications. These technologies provide added and alternative value opportunities to the sector to complement existing value chains,” said A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, in a statement.
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