Farmers and industry teaming up in Canada to produce cellulosic sugar from agri residues
In Ontario, Canada, farmers have united to form the cellulosic sugar producers cooperative. They are now teaming up with Comet Biorefining to jointly develop a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain. They developed a business plan to produce cellulosic sugars from agri residues, mainly corn stover and wheat straw. The business plan includes a full assessment of the specific costs for the aggregation, transportation, and storage of agricultural biomass, particularly corn stover from the farm to the gate of the cellulosic conversion plant. This initiative adds extra value to these crops without increasing the land base of the farmers, while not taking away any land from food production, the cooperative said.
They got funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, to elaborate the idea, as it is in a pre-commercial phase. Comet Biorefining has been teaming up with BioAmber for succinic acid production.