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Comet Biorefining to build first commercial biomass sugar plant in Ontario

Comet Biorefining, Inc. will build its first commercial-scale biomass derived sugar facility in the Trans Alta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in 2018 producing dextrose sugar from locally sourced corn stover and wheat straw.

Comet converts non-food agricultural and forest residues into high-purity dextrose sugars that will be transformed into bio-based products including organic acids, amino acids and bioplastics. Comet dextrose is cost and performance competitive with commercial dextrose sugars, the benchmark raw material for today’s biochemical production.

Comet chose to locate in Sarnia by working together with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and an Ontario farmers’ cooperative on a project to attract sustainable technology providers to the region and to meet increasing demand from chemical suppliers and consumers for low-carbon products.

Comet Biorefining currently operates a demonstration scale plant in Rotondella, Italy.



This is OK as long as the by-products are not used to produce bio-fuel for polluting ICEVs.


here's the problem as I see it - corn stover, wheat straw, farm biomass should be lef tin the field to add organic matter to the soil, to "feed the soil" we are mining our soils, another ectractive industry,.. to create bio-chemicals. But what about the living soils? This increases erosion, fertilizer leaching, need for more fertilizer, etc. Once again ignoring real life cycle costs, it seems to me

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