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The aim of this activity is to extend the growing season of agricultural operators in Canada’s northern latitudes using locally-sourced biomass feedstock for combined heat and power (CHP) generation. The biomass feedstock includes agricultural crop residues, purpose grown crops on marginal lands, and forest residues. The technical feasibility of using stationary and/or mobile processing facilities will look into various scenarios for biomass size reduction, pretreatment, densification/agglomeration, and storage. The economic analysis will include the life-cycle analysis (LCA) and explore options for thermo-chemical and biochemical conversion of biomass feedstock to various forms of fuels. Dr. Tabil and Dr. Cree are working with Dr. Tim Dumonceaux and Dr. Edmund Mupondwa of Agriculture and Agri-Food Food Canada, Saskatoon Research Centre to provide multi-disciplinary approach to this activity.

This activity aims to develop and demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of an innovative zero-waste technology for valorization of wet greenhouse waste, farm manures and agro-forestry residues. This breakthrough technology converts biomass feedstock, without the needs of costly de-watering and drying pre-treatment of the feedstock, into multiple high-value products, and water  reused for plants in greenhouses. The bioproducts include biochar for bioenergy or soil conditioner and bio-oil (as bio-polyols), cellulose and lignin  for the synthesis of bio-based polyurethane (BPU) foams used as low-cost hydroponic growing media for greenhouse planting, super absorbent polymers for soil water retention and bio-based formaldehyde-free wood adhesives, etc..

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