Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

March 16, 2011 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Development of Innovative Biomass Technology for Market

SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - A federal investment to support the development and demonstration of a biomass heating system in Sherwood Park will help lead to new commercialization opportunities.

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced an investment of $1.5 million towards the Resource Industry Suppliers Association and Strathcona County to develop, test and commercialize a biomass-fuelled district heating system at Sherwood Park's Centre in the Park. In addition, both the Resource Industry Suppliers Association and Strathcona County are also each contributing $675,000 towards the initiative.

"Our Government's investment towards this initiative will help enable the development of innovative clean energy technology and processes that generate new economic opportunities and benefit our communities," said Minister Yelich.

As the first biomass district heating system in an urban setting in Alberta, this project involves installing a central boiler that uses biomass from agricultural residues (oat hulls) and wood waste. The new biomass heating system will be supplemented, if necessary, by the existing natural gas heating system to serve nearby buildings and is expected to create opportunities for small- and medium-sized companies to tap into supply chains related to the collection, processing and delivery of waste-to-fuel materials.

"Strathcona County appreciates the support from the federal government for this project," said Mayor Linda Osinchuk. "This project will contribute to the County's sustainable direction, help us develop renewable fuel sources locally, further reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and develop job-related skills associated with biomass processing." 

The bio-energy conversion process involves transforming biomass from renewable sources such as agricultural and wood waste into high-value commodities such as electricity, heat, steam, ethanol and biodiesel.

"RISA is proud and excited to be involved with this community renewable project," said Allan Bartolcic, Executive Director of the Resource Industry Suppliers Association. "The world as we know it is changing at a rapid pace, as renewable energy is the future."

Western Economic Diversification Canada works with the provinces, industry associations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.

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The Government of Canada is investing $1.5 million towards the Resource Industry Suppliers Association and Strathcona County to develop, test and commercialize a biomass fuelled district heating system at Centre in the Park in Sherwood Park. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for the initiative, which will create new opportunities for biomass energy commercialization in Western Canada. 

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Contact Information

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Donna Kinley
    Regional Manager, Communications
    780-495-6892
    Cell: 780-991-7432
    or
    Linda Osinchuk
    Mayor, Strathcona County
    Sherwood Park, Alberta
    780-464-8000
    or
    Resource Industry Suppliers Association
    Allan Bartolcic
    Executive Director
    780-489-5900
    Cell: 780-566-2546
    www.resourcesuppliers.com
    or
    WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
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