Biomethane Turns Waste into Clean Energy for B.C.

    BRITISH COLUMBIA, July 22 /CNW/ - A new study released today reveals
clean energy from waste material is closer to becoming a commercial reality in
British Columbia, announced Technology, Trade and Economic Development
Minister Ida Chong.

    The announcement was made during the opening of British Columbia
Innovation Council Day at the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual
Summit in Vancouver, B.C.

    "British Columbia's bio-economy is growing and this study acknowledges
the great energy potential that resides in the Fraser Valley," said Chong.
"The British Columbia Innovation Council has taken a leadership role in
furthering the Province's Climate Action Plan and positioning British Columbia
as a champion of innovation and clean technologies."

    The study led by the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) further
investigates the commercial viability of refining biogas from organic waste
materials into biomethane - a renewable natural gas that can be sold in
existing gas markets. A successful practice in Europe and the United States,
biomethane production provides an opportunity for B.C. to develop and market a
renewable energy alternative to natural gas at a price that competes with
fossil fuels.

    "Taking advantage of growing biofuel and bioenergy opportunities is a key
focus of B.C.'s Agriculture Plan and Bioenergy Plan," said Agriculture and
Lands Minister Stan Hagen. "The findings from this study are significant to
the many agricultural producers in our province who can put their waste
resources to use - benefiting the environment, the economy and all British

    This study uncovers great potential in B.C. to use organic waste
resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and further British Columbia's
clean technology sector and low-carbon economy. Findings from an earlier study
released in November 2007 revealed organic waste material found in the Fraser
Valley could produce an estimated 120 million cubic meters of biomethane per
year, an amount equivalent to the diesel consumed by 80,000 cars or 100
million litres.

    Other BCIC projects underway include a study exploring the cultivation of
microalgae to produce most of B.C.'s diesel needs (with findings to be
released later this year). BCIC has also assembled two advisory groups
composed of members from industry, government, and academia to develop
programs that address the need for commercially viable energy alternatives.

    To download a copy of the study, titled "Feasibility Study: Biogas
Upgrading and Grid Injection in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia", visit

    About BCIC

    The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) advances innovation and
commercialization of applied science and technology in partnership with
government, industry and academia. By supporting all levels of education, BCIC
is focused on developing talented British Columbians. Building a strong future
for the knowledge economy is essential to the success of B.C.'s economy. BCIC
is a Crown agency of the Province of British Columbia. For more information
about BCIC, visit

For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Leung, Communications Coordinator,
British Columbia Innovation Council, (604) 602-5249/1-800-665-7222,

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