Bioenergy systems & biorefinery

Bioenergy systems & biorefinery

We identify, develop, pilot and evaluate key sustainable bioenergy technologies, prioritized through their techno-economics, environmental and social impacts, for the production of renewable fuels and co-products from waste biomass materials


  • Gasification of biomass residues to syngas and renewable natural gas in two-stage fluidized beds (Research summary)
  • Pyrolysis of biomass to bio-oil and biochar in microwave-assisted pulsed fluidized beds (Research summary)
  • Torrefaction for torrefied pellets using pulsed fluidized beds with catalytic combustion of volatile organic compounds. (Research summary)
  • Biomass pellets from forest and agricultural residues: supply chain and pretreatment (Biomass website)
  • Biofuels for decarbonizing long distance transport in British Columbia (BC-SMART)
  • Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC)
  • China-Canada Bioenergy Centre (c-cbc website)
  • Tools for the prediction of alternate biofuels for aerospace applications (Research summary)
  • Thermochemical sludge conversion through hydrothermal liquefaction (Research summary)
  • IEA Bioenergy Task 39 – Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks: (Website)
        • Progress in commercialization of biojet /Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF): Technologies, potential and challenges- 2021 (Full report)
        • Implementation Agendas: 2018-2019 Update- Compare and Contrast Transport Biofuels Policies-2020 (Full report)

Our projects directly align with Canada’s objective to increase clean tech jobs, develop a bioeconomy to make our resource sector more sustainable, and decarbonize the economy to meet Canada’s GHG reduction targets. The long-term benefits for BC include the increased bio-product industrial sector competitiveness.

We promote joint research, innovation, development and demonstration of bioenergy products and technologies between industry and academia from all over the world.

Theme members

Theme leaders


Jack Saddler                                Tony Bi


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