Newfoundland & Labrador government supports innovative bio-products research project
October 5, 2021
By Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
The Newfoundland & Labrador government has allocated $127,359 toward a Memorial University research project to help develop innovative bio-products from fish and forest biomass residues.
Led by Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, the researchers will extract biofuels from various biomass residues to maximize the value of these natural resources through the use of a supercritical fluid extractor.
This infrastructure can turn “waste” into value, thereby decreasing the overall environmental burden for oceans and landfills, reducing costs associated with handling and managing waste, and creating additional products for processors. These by-products can be used in medicinals, nutritional supplements, and agriculture, in addition to alternatives for petroleum-based plastics.
The total cost for this project is $254,718. It is one of five research and development projects supported by grants amounting to $1.3 million from the Newfoundland & Labrador government.
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