Canadian Biomass Magazine

Prairie Clean Energy receives Innovation Saskatchewan Grant

July 5, 2023
By Prairie Clean Energy

Approximately 700,000 tonnes of flax straw is grown on the Canadian prairies each year and is considered agricultural trash. Photo courtesy Greg Huszar, Huszar Visuals.

Prairie Clean Energy (PCE) is one of just four Saskatchewan companies awarded a grant from Innovation Saskatchewan in its most recent round of funding. PCE received the grant as part of Innovation Saskatchewan’s research and development (R&D) project grants through the Saskatchewan Advantage Innovation Fund (SAIF).

PCE was awarded $180,000 for R&D related to its remarkable work developing a technically viable process to produce flax straw pellets as a feedstock for the deep decarbonization of industries that use large amounts of fossil fuels for heat and power generation. This funding announcement marks the second time Innovation Saskatchewan has funded a PCE-led project.

“We’re excited about the confidence Innovation Saskatchewan continues to show in PCE and our work. We have demonstrated that our low-carbon flax pellets boast up to 90 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions potentials compared to heat and power produced by fossil fuels,” say Mark Cooper, PCE’s CEO and president.

The focus of the grant is on the engineering, quality process, and safety processes for the commercial scale PCE flax straw processing plant opening in Regina in mid 2024, as well as developing a trace and tracking platform to optimize the delivery of flax straw bales. Project partners include Saskatchewan flax, canola, and hemp producers as well as The Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) and the MITACS projects at the University of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, which is developing the trace and track platform.


Prairie Clean Energy is a Saskatchewan-based company that produces solutions for decarbonizing the energy sources in Canada and globally through the aggregation and processing of under-utilized biomass resources in the prairies.

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