Benefuel advances modular plant engineering with support from BIC

By Ron Kotrba | May 29, 2018

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has approved a project with biodiesel technology provider Benefuel through BIC’s Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI) initiative program. The purpose of the project is to support a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for Benefuel’s 20 MMgy biodiesel production facility to be located in Sarnia, Ontario, announced two months ago.

According to BIC, the execution of the project will provide Benefuel with a well-defined, modular engineering design that can be replicated and constructed by a wide-range of fabricators. The modular design will reduce costs, accelerate development, improve quality and lower the overall risk of execution.

“The COMM SCI funding will enable Benefuel to complete a larger amount of engineering in its FEED study, which will provide a higher degree of certainty and accuracy in its project costing,” said Rob Tripp, Benefuel CEO. “Our refining package will provide for the processing of a wide variety of low-carbon waste feedstocks like distillers corn oil, used cooking oil and animal fats. We are excited to be establishing a modular design for our technology that will allow us to efficiently expand our production in other locations in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. In addition to the investment in Benefuel equity and the project related COMM SCI funding, BIC has been an excellent partner and resource in the development of our project in Sarnia.”

BIC established COMM SCI in 2016 to act as a hub for the commercialization of sustainable chemistry and biobased innovation.

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