B. W. BioEnergy Inc. and CBU Awarded ACOA Atlantic Innovation Fund to Demonstrate Green Energy Technology

BioEnergy Inc., in partnership with Cape Breton University’s Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (CSEE) and Target Hydraulics and Machine Works, was awarded an Atlantic Innovation Fund investment on March 20, valued at $1.7 million over a 3-year period, from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). With this investment, BioEnergy Inc. will construct, test, and commercialize Torrefaction technology, enabling the development of high-value fuels and carbon-based products.

Torrefaction is a thermal technology carried out at atmospheric pressure in the absence of oxygen. It creates a solid product that weighs 30 per cent less than the original biomass, which reduces feedstock transportation costs by more than 60 per cent. The result is a clean burning feedstock with a much higher energy content. “Torrefaction could be used across the region to create new economic activity by producing a cleaner green fuel,” says BioEnergy Inc. President, Barrie Fiolek.

In 2008, the Atlantica BioEnergy Task Force recommended Torrefaction as an enabling technology for the future sustainability and competitiveness of the forestry and agriculture industries. This technology makes use of available wood and agri-biomass feedstock – renewable resources – for the production of bioenergy and bio-products in an environmentally conscious manner and thus enhancing sustainable economic development in the Region. Now, BioEnergy Inc. and CSEE will research and demonstrate Torrefaction at commercial scale for increasing the value of available biomass in the region.

“The education, R&D, and technology implementation that BioEnergy Inc. and Cape Breton University’s CSEE provide will assist in driving our region to the forefront of the renewable energy economy and help it become a sustainable economy,” says Dr. Ross McCurdy, CSEE’s Chief Operating Officer.

About BioEnergy Inc.
BioEnergy Inc. is a producer, marketer and exporter of renewable energy products, technology and expertise that is working to create innovative solutions for emission and waste reduction while developing biomass opportunities in the renewable energy and green products sectors. BioEnergy Inc., an innovative energy company, is actively engaged in the design, construction, commission­ing and test piloting of torrefaction, bio-char and green carbon production processes.

Cape Breton University’s Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment champions global sustainable prosperity through the development of sustainable energy and environmental management solutions. CSEE is committed to an aggressive innovation and commercialization agenda, researching, developing and implementing technologies and promoting commercial opportunities that benefit the community.


Irene Khattar
Director, Communications
Cape Breton University
t: (902)563-1896
c: (902) 574-0986
e: irene_khattar@cbu.ca

Barrie Fiolek
President, BioEnergy Inc.
t: (902) 564-9229
e: bioenergyinc@seaside.ns.ca