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Venture would convert solid sawmill waste to liquid fuel for kilns

Vancouver, BC -- Oct. 4, 2002 -- DynaMotive Technologies Corp. and Canfor Ltd. plan to develop commercial applicati...


Vancouver, BC — Oct. 4, 2002 — DynaMotive Technologies Corp. and Canfor Ltd. plan to develop commercial applications for BioOil, a clean burning fuel derived from such things as bark, sawdust and sugar cane bagasse.

The process uses a fast pyrolysis technology called BioTherm which converts biomass to liquid fuel (BioOil). “This technology also has the potential to provide Canfor with positive environmental benefits by helping to eliminate beehive burners currently being used to incarcerate the material,” said David Emerson, president and CEO of Canfor. As well, Emerson said that BioOil might serve as an alternative to natural gas to fuel its pulp mill limekilns and sawmill dry kilns.

Canada’s forest industry produces about 18 million tonnes of sawmill residue a year, of which about 6 million tonnes is incinerated or landfilled at a cost to industry. Converting it to fuel contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

A 10-tonne-per-day pilot plant is operating in Vancouver, reports Andrew Kingston, president and CEO of DynaMotive. The partnership is looking at the commercial feasibility of developing a demonstration plant, which would produce between 25 and 50 tonnes per day of BioOil.