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Ontario Centres of Excellence Grant

Sat, 06/28/2008

Drs. Cedric Briens and Franco Berruti have been awarded a $210,000 grant, "Upgrading of a Mobile Pyrolyzer Demonstration Plant", over two years from the Ontario Centres of Excellence. The purpose of the project is to conduct research and development work to transform a mobile pyrolyzer for agricultural waste, which has been succesfully developed and tested at the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) at The University of Western Ontario, into a reliable and versatile commercial unit by developing a new type of biomass injector, an integrated biomass dryer a fractional condensation train, and a new technology for char removal. With the OCE Collaborative grant, the ICFAR Director, Dr. Franco Berruti, and its Research Director, Dr. Cedric Briens, and their partner, Ron Golden of Agri-Therm, have developed a new mobile pyrolyzer. This new processs can convert agricultural waste at the farm into a liquid bio-oil that can be easily stored and transported, thus avoiding the cumbersome and expensive transport of the raw waste.


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