Government of Alberta and ERA announce $10 million for BioRefinex's Lacombe Biorefinery

Government of Alberta and ERA announce $10 million for BioRefinex's Lacombe Biorefinery

Today, the Government of Alberta and ERA announced a commitment of $10 million to BioRefinex for the commercialization of its patented thermal hydrolysis technology. The investment will support a new and innovative facility that will create jobs, cut emissions, and transform agricultural and plant waste.


The Calgary-based company aims to deploy its technology through the completion of engineering design, construction, and operation of a $45 million biorefinery in Lacombe, Alberta. The Lacombe Biorefinery will support up to 80 construction jobs and about 25 full-time jobs in Lacombe and Calgary. The facility will also cut about 40,000 tonnes of emissions each year. Funding comes from the carbon price paid by large emitters in Alberta through the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund. 

The Lacombe Biorefinery will be the first facility in the world to showcase the full application of a technology called BioRefinex thermal hydrolysis. This innovative, Alberta-made technology uses high heat, high pressure, and water to turn animal and plant waste from agriculture and food processing into organic fertilizer and renewable natural gas. The fertilizer will be shipped out to customers across Alberta and the renewable natural gas will go into the local distribution system for Albertans to use for cooking, heating, and electricity. The facility will have the capacity to generate enough renewable natural gas to heat more than 1,000 homes each year.


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Original article from Emission Reduction Alberta, October 15th 2020