News & Updates

November 08, 2010

Enerkem Inc., a company supporting the ABIN network, has succeeded in coupling gasification,  syngas conditioning and methanol synthesis. The latter is a key step in the subsequent production of ethanol from methanol. The effort is carried out at Enerkem's demonstration plant at Westbury, QC, where 1.5 tonnes/h of residual biomass (spent electrical poles and sorted municipal solid waste) are being converted (O2 / steam gasification) into syngas.  The successful coupling started in the week of October 18, 2010.

October 12, 2010

To read more about Red Mud and the Hungarian Red Mud Disaster, please click on the links below.

A press release from the University of Guelph
Chemical Engineering News

MacLeans Magazine

September 03, 2010

Professor Murray Thomson (University of Toronto) and Chantal Gloor, Manager, ABIN and Director of Administration & Operations, ICFAR represented ABIN at the Annual General Meeting of ABIP in Ottawa, Ontario June 10, 2010. Their presentation can be seen here.

May 27, 2010

The Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources of The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, hosted the first general ABIN Conference at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre from March 14 - 16, 2010.

January 13, 2010

With economic fears top of mind, going green may not be the major concern for small businesses. But becoming an environmentally friendly operation can be well worth it in terms of cost savings and attracting customers.

January 05, 2010

Each year, more than one million tonnes of wood pellets – made of waste wood from B.C. forests – are shipped to Europe to meet a growing demand for a clean-burning biofuel. Composed entirely of compressed sawdust or forest residues, wood pellets generate far fewer emissions than conventional firewood and are the subject of a unique research effort within UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre.

December 22, 2009

Former APEGS president Steve Halabura, P.Geo F.E.C. (Hon.) is looking for Saskatchewan’s energy future in an odd place: in its past. Halabura and his business colleagues are working to take Saskatchewan’s oldest and (up until now) dirtiest resource and reinvent it for the 21st century.

August 19, 2009

Through their ground-breaking research at The University of Western Ontario's Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources, Profs. Franco Berruti and Cedric Briens are supporting environmental management and a sustainable future.

April 29, 2009

The need for collaboration between agriculture and government was one of the key points raised at a green energy conference held in London earlier this week.

April 25, 2009

The red tape tying up an emerging green industry that may become a new economic backbone for Southwestern Ontario will be examined at a London conference here tomorrow.

March 23, 2009

In the fanciful Brothers Grimm fairy tale, dwarfish Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold to win the miller’s daughter’s first born child. The federal government is spending money to turn straw, and other products left after crop harvest and processing, into this Millennium’s equivalent of gold, green energy.

March 19, 2009

Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Joe Preston announced today (March 19) the Canadian government is investing $8.7 million in a University of Western Ontario-led initiative to develop technologies that will increase the industrial value of agricultural surplus.


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