Mission Statement: BioFuelNet is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research and the commercialization of Canadian biofuels innovation, coordinating Canada’s broad and fragmented biofuels research community around key remaining challenges in realizing profitable biofuels value chains.
BioFuelNet Canada is a network that brings together the Canadian biofuels research community to aggressively address the challenges impeding the growth of an advanced biofuels industry, while focusing on non-food biomass as biofuel feedstocks. BioFuelNet includes renowned, multi-disciplinary experts from academia, government and industry working together in a concerted and synergistic way. This group is working to develop and apply novel and innovative science, engineering and socio-economic strategies that will enhance environmental sustainability for future generations.
Canada has a wealth of biomass, as well as many agricultural and forestry waste and by-products that can be used to manufacture biofuels. However, before we can use these sources to produce advanced biofuels, further research is needed to ensure they can be produced sustainably, economically and in large enough quantities to have an impact on Canada’s fuel consumption. In parallel, focused research must be conducted on the most efficient conversion processes, while rigorous testing must ensure the final fuel products are acceptable for use.
BioFuelNet is focused on unlocking the tremendous potential of lignocellulosic feedstocks and other advanced biofuel feedstocks in the production of advanced biofuels. With lignocellulosics making up over 90% of available biomass in Canada, the challenge of effectively converting this biomass into fuels is central to the growth of the Canadian biofuels industry.