Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

October 05, 2009 11:41 ET

Transforming Organic Waste to Energy in Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage

SDTC will provide $2.7 million to cleantech project led by Innovente

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2009) - A project that will develop and demonstrate a technology to transform organic residues into a green renewable energy source was launched today. Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will be providing $2.7 million in funding to Innovente Inc. for its project in Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage, Quebec.

"Our Government supports clean technologies that provide opportunities for economic growth while offering innovative solutions to help protect our environment," said Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and to the Minister of National Revenue. "This investment will move forward bioenergy and foster a healthy, cleaner and more prosperous Canada."

"This project clearly shows that clean technologies can bring a multitude of benefits to Canadians," said Vicky J. Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. "The SHOC™ technology is energy-efficient and transforms waste into a product that can substitute fossil fuels and also be used as a soil conditioner. In addition, the project will be creating jobs in the community, stimulating our economy in the short and long term."

Innovente and its partners will further develop and demonstrate the SHOC™ (Drying and Sanitization by Controlled Oxidation) technology, a drying process used to transform organic residues like manures, municipal sewage, food processing wastes and pulp and paper mill sludges, into an odourless, aseptic bio-energy material called BEFOR (BioEnergy From Organic Residues) that can be used as a green renewable energy source. The SHOC™ technology uses up to six times less energy than conventional drying methods, thus greatly limiting adverse environmental impacts.

"We are proud to be launching this important green energy project today. Our regional model will provide sustainable solutions to a number of organic waste management issues, while producing clean, renewable energy," said Richard Painchaud, President of Innovente. "In addition to providing a significant financial contribution, SDTC also brings credibility to Innovente's project and to the team working on it."

The Innovente project will also receive close to $3 million in funding from the Government of Quebec's Agence de l'efficacite energetique through its Technoclimat program.

About SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm's-length foundation created by the Government of Canada which has received $1.05 billion as part of the Government's commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians.

SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.

SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working with the public and private sector including industry, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all levels of government to achieve this mandate.

Contact Information

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