University of Saskatchewan receives biofuel funding
March 5, 2015
By Andrew Snook
March 5, 2015 - The University of Saskatchewan has received $538,542 in funding for purchasing equipment for the development and commercialization of new, more efficient and affordable glycerol purification and conversion technologies.
Chemical engineering professor Ajay Dalai, who is also the Canada Research Chair in bioenergy and environmentally friendly chemical processing, is leading the research at U of S.
“This major investment in biofuels-related research builds on an area of outstanding U of S research strength, developing new cutting-edge technologies that will benefit biofuel producers and our economy,” said Karen Chad, vice-president of research, University of Saskatchewan. “It’s an excellent example of how we work with industrial and government partners to help find clean energy solutions that can lead to spin-off companies and new job opportunities.”
According to U of S, its glycerol purification technology could double the price that companies can charge for the substance, in turn adding more value to biodiesel production.
The U of S plans to develop and file three patents: one for the purification technology, and two for the conversion technologies. A Saskatchewan start-up company is expected to manufacture all three technologies for commercial use, and subsequently market them.
The announcement was made by Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Michelle Rempel.
“Our government is pleased to support this collaborative project between industry and University of Saskatchewan,” said Rempel. “Providing innovative technologies that will help increase the productivity and competitiveness of the biofuel and biochemical sectors in Western Canada.”
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