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Jorin Mamen (Executive Director, BioFuelNet) discusses BioFuelNet and international collaboration at World Bio Markets in Amersterdam.

15 March, 2015, Watch here >>

Michael Chae (BioFuelNet Program Manager, Biorefining Conversions and Fermentation Laboratory, University of Alberta) discusses biofuels at Let’s Talk Energy Week (skip to 38.00)

19 February 2015. Watch here >>

Dr. Donald Smith, BioFuelNet Scientific Director, examines the effects of climate change on Canadian agriculture on Manitoba Farm Journal Radio. (skip to 19:00)

18 February 2015. Listen here>>

BioFuelNet release biofuels infographics for Talk Energy Week

18 February 2015. What are biofuels? What are advanced biofuels? What are they made from? How are they produced? All these questions are meticulously answered in this series of educational infographics released by BioFuelNet Canada. See press release here>>

BioFuelNet publie une série d’infographiques sur les biocarburants pour la semaine Parlons énergie

18 février 2015. Que veut-on dire par biocarburants? Qu’est-ce qu’un biocarburant avancé? De quoi sont-ils composés? Comment sont-ils produits? Les réponses détaillées à ces questions se retrouvent dans cette série d’infographiques éducative publiée par BioFuelNet Canada. Voir communiqué de presse>>

Better yield from yeast

5 December 2014 - Like all industrial processes, the creation of pulp leaves a residue of waste. To the Canadian forest-products company Tembec, this waste has spawned a sideline business. Read more in Canadian Biomass Magazine >>

Windsor research helping vehicles run on biofuel

26 November 2014 – These days, fuels for cars vary almost as much as the cars themselves. Each country has its own standards for biofuel content, resulting in a mishmash of fuel compositions. Read more in Canadian Biomass Magazine >>

Fueling Canada’s emerging bio-economy

21 November 2014 – According to Dr. Donald Smith, one of Canada’s leading minds on the subject of the bio-economy and a professor at McGill University, we are only scratching the surface in terms of Canada’s potential to lead in the emerging global bioeconomy. Read more in the Globe and Mail >>  (see page C6)

Transforming toxic waste into green energy

Emerging graduate research at Concordia seeks to turn pulp mills into dynamic biorefineries

28 October 2014 – How can a struggling industry like pulp and paper in Canada be revived? According to Damien Biot-Pelletier, a Concordia PhD candidate in biology, the answer lies in synthetic biology. Read more in Canadian Biomass Magazine >>

BioFuelNet Canada to begin Phase II funding

3 October 2014 - BioFuelNet Canada is almost ready to begin accepting applications for Phase II funding, which could offer up to $10 million in research money to help address the challenges impeding commercialization of advanced biofuels in Canada. Read more here >>

Canada’s Armed Forces have a unique opportunity to drive change

11 August 2014 - Necessity has certainly fueled invention in the energy world. As we continue to work our way through the finite global supply of fossil fuels, countries large and small have been scrambling to develop and deploy clean-energy alternatives. Read more here >>

This op-ed article by BioFuelNet was published in the Hill Times.

Greener heating for greenhouses

20 June 2013 - A new control system for biomass furnaces leaves greenhouses with a smaller carbon footrpint. Read more in Canadian Biomass Magazine>>

Shifting the Canadian biofuels sector into high gear

23  May 2014 – Movers and shakers in the biofuels space put their heads together in Ottawa at the Advanced Biofuels Symposium. See press release>> 

Speakers announced for Advanced Biofuels Symposium

April 29, 2014 -  BioFuelNet Canada has confirmed details for its keynote speakers for the upcoming Advanced Biofuels Symposium in Ottawa. Three keynote speakers will be part of the Symposium, taking place at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre May 27-29. Read more in Canadian Biomass Magazine>>

McGill et l’ETS seront des acteurs majeurs du développement de Griffintown

19 avril 2014 Dans les rues de Griffintown et de la Petite Bourgogne, des bannières se hissent ici et là pour rappeler que nous traversons le Quartier de l’innovation. Read more in Le Devoir >>

Canadian business summit to develop biofuels roadmap

Monday, December 2nd, 2013. Who’s buying biofuels? Who’s investing in biofuel companies? What are the key factors determining the success or failure of biofuel producers? These are questions BioFuelNet Canada intends to tackle at their Strategic Business Summit. Read more in Reuters>>

Greener biofuels: BioFuelNet Canada partners with Florida Energy Systems Consortium

Monday, October 14, 2013 - Today, BioFuelNet Canada and the University of Florida announced a new ambitious collaborative agreement to develop cellulosic ethanol technologies and advanced biofuels. Read press release>>.

Don Smith named to Canada’s Clean50 list

 September 23, 2013 - Don Smith, James McGill Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Scientific Director of BioFuelNet, has been named a recipient of a Canada’s Clean50 Award.  Read More in the McGill Reporter >> Read more in Canadian Biomass Magazine>>

Canada shouldn’t put all its energy eggs in one basket

19 August 2013 –  There are many risks in placing too much emphasis on fossil fuels as the answer to Canada’s energy needs. Read more >> (see bottom half of page)

This op-ed article, written by Dr. Don Smith and Annie Webb, was featured in the Hill Times.

Air Canada, Airbus ask McGill group to study biofuel options

13 May 2013  – Companies want BioFuelNet Canada to recommend best alternate fuel for country’s biggest carrier. Read More in the Toronto Star >>

See original press release: BioFuelNet Canada Joins Forces with Airbus and Air Canada to Develop Advanced Biofuels Solutions for Aviation

From slime to dollar signs?

4 February 2013 – Dr. David Levin is a researcher at BioFuelNet, a network of researchers from 25 Canadian universities, partnering with industry and government, and focused on developing processes to create next-generation biofuels from biomass. Read More in Canadian Biomass Magazine >>

Engineered microbes that convert waste into biofuels

31 January 2013 – Article on Dr. Levin’s and Dr. Sparling’s advanced biofuels research at the University of Manitoba for BioFuelNet. Read More in the University of Manitoba Newsroom >>

Jubilee Medal bestowed upon Dr. Don Smith, President of BioFuelNet Canada

6 December 2012 – Justin Bieber recently made headline news by accepting his Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in overalls. Another notable Canadian from a completely different walk of life, Dr. Donald Smith, McGill University Plant Science Professor and President of BioFuelNet Canada, was awarded the same prestigious medal. Read more >>

NCE R&D models continue to solve today’s innovation needs

19 November 2012 – Now is an auspicious time for Canada to be proactive about the development and commercialization of advanced biofuels. See page 38 in this issue of the Hill Times >>

A next-generation biofuel strategy offers hope for the future

8 June 2012 – Biofuels, including conventional ethanol made from corn or wheat, have had a tough year.  In January, the United States ended a long-standing excise-tax exemption that acted as an ethanol producer incentive, and at the same time lowered tariff barriers that had prevented the import of Brazilian sugarcane-based ethanol. Read more >>

This op-ed article, written by Dr. Don Smith and Dr. Warren Mabee, was featured in the Hill Times.

McGill aura son centre de recherche sur les biocarburants

31 mai 2012 – Le nouveau centre, appelé BioFuelNet Canada, s’établira dans le nouveau Quartier de l’innovation, un projet commun de McGill et de l’École de technologie supérieure. Read more in La Presse >>

Canada poised to become world leader in next-generation biofuel development

30 May 2012 – A plane powered by grass? Sounds unlikely, but thanks to a new research network led by Prof. Don Smith from McGill University’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, this could one day become a reality. Read more in the McGill University Newsroom >>