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Canada’s CRIBE investing up to $6M in Domtar-Battelle partnership to convert wood waste to fuel via fast pyrolysis

The Canada-based Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is providing up to $6 million in funding to leverage a total project value of up to $14 million for a partnership between Domtar and Battelle Memorial Institute to develop and deploy a fast-pyrolysis-based system to convert wood waste to drop-in transportation fuel.

Domtar is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of fiber-based products. Battelle has developed catalysts and an integrated process tailored to upgrade pyrolysis bio-oil. (Earlier post.)

Domtar Dryden will use wood waste, which is currently burned for low value, as the biomass feedstock for the process. If successful, the bio-oil will be used to blend into the fuel for Domtar’s vehicle fleet or it could be used internally to offset the use of natural gas.

In this two phase project, phase 1 will utilize wood waste from Domtar’s Dryden mill to produce the higher value bio-oil. Once the process is optimized and results are demonstrated, phase two involves the construction of a 100 ton/day pilot plant, to be integrated into Domtar Dryden’s facility.

The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy is a provincial initiative to transform the forest products industry in Northern Ontario. CRIBE is an independent, not-for-profit research corporation, with $25 million in funding provided by the government of Ontario, that partners closely with other relevant organizations.



It is a shame to use very slow growing trees (up to 100+ years) to produce fuel for our gas guzzlers. Using wood waste is a better solution.


Good idea.


Core bio fuel wants to use the trees killed by the bark beetle. That would thin out forests reducing fire danger and create fuel at the same time.

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