VANCOUVER, June 10 /CNW/ - Lignol Energy Corporation (TSX-V: LEC) ("Lignol" or "the Company"), a leading technology company in the cellulosic ethanol and biorefining sector, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lignol Innovations Ltd. has joined the recently established NSERC Strategic Biomaterials and Chemicals Research Network (the "Network") as an Industry Network Partner.
The Network, which is composed of nine Universities from across Canada, as well as FP Innovations, a research institute based in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, will develop technology platforms for the manufacture of new biomaterials and chemicals from lignin, with the objective of enhancing the future business of the Forest Products Industry. In addition to research, the Network will be training a new generation of scientists and engineers with appropriate skills to support lignin-based industries. The Network will be hosted by the University of British Columbia where Professor John Kadla will act as Scientific Director. Lignol will provide financial support over the 5-year term of the Network as well as serving on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Operations Committee of the Network.
"Lignol is pleased to support the Network, which brings together some of Canada's leading researchers in the field of Biomaterials and Chemicals. Its research and development activities will be extremely complementary to Lignol's own groundbreaking work in extracting high purity lignin derivatives from biomass and engineering them for a diverse range of applications where these biochemicals will replace petrochemicals," said Ross MacLachlan, President & CEO of Lignol. "We anticipate that the work of the Network will generate new discoveries and advancements, expanding knowledge in this important field and opening up opportunities for the use of biomaterials in industrial applications."
"Joining the NSERC Network is a part of Lignol's strategy to collaborate with universitites and institutes across the country in areas of common interest," added Mr. MacLachlan. "This strategy was exemplified in 2009 in our funding agreement with the British Columbia Bioenergy Network, which provides financial support for Lignol's collaborations with Universities in B.C. This has already paid dividends in terms of generating valuable scientific information to support Lignol's development efforts as well as providing Universities with funding for their research activities."
"We are delighted to have Lignol's support and guidance as an Industry Partner within the NSERC Strategic Network," said Professor Kadla. "As a leader in the field of lignin chemistry and applications, we look forward to their contributions and guidance on the research being carried out within the Network and especially on the commercial relevance of the work we will be doing."
Lignol (TSX-V: LEC) is a Canadian company undertaking the development of biorefining technologies for the production of fuel-grade ethanol and other biochemical co-products from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks. Lignol's modified solvent based pre-treatment technology facilitates the rapid, high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of value-added biochemical co-products, including high purity HP-L(TM) lignins. HP-L(TM) lignin represents a new class of high purity lignin extractives (and their subsequent derivatives) which can be engineered to meet the chemical properties and functional requirements of a range of industrial applications that until now has not been possible with traditional lignin by-products generated from other processes. Lignol is executing on its development plan through strategic partnerships to further develop and integrate its core technologies on a commercial scale. Lignol also intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related projects which have synergies with its biorefining technology. For more information about Lignol, please visit our website at www.lignol.ca.
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Certain statements contained in this document may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such forward-looking statements or information include, without limitation, statements or information about our ability to fund our Baseline Operations, (using the definition of "Baseline Operations" as set out in Lignol's Management's Discussion & Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the three and nine-month periods ended January 31, 2010), the ability of the NSERC Strategic Biomaterials and Chemicals Research Network to develop new commercial applications for lignin, the development status of our fully integrated biorefinery pilot plant in Burnaby, British Columbia, the planning and development of our previously proposed cellulosic ethanol commercial demonstration plant, our ability to exploit commercial opportunities and broaden our market opportunities for a range of cellulosic derivatives and environmentally sustainable biochemicals and our ability to pursue these opportunities with strategic partners. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or words and phrases that state or indicate that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements or information reflect Lignol's current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, without limitation, our ability to establish the validity of our technology at the fully integrated biorefinery pilot plant scale, our ability to satisfy the conditions of existing government grants and to obtain new additional grants, our ability to finance and complete the development of the commercial demonstration plant, our ability to develop our products, our ability to obtain requisite regulatory approvals and our ability to enter into agreements with strategic partners on terms acceptable to us. Forward-looking statements and information are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause Lignol's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information, including among other things, the technological challenges that remain to be surpassed in obtaining the necessary operating data from our fully integrated biorefinery pilot plant that is required prior to completing the next design scale-up of the technology, the complexity of the development of the commercial demonstration plant, financial market conditions which will effect our ability to finance our operations, risks relating to the protection of Lignol's core technology from infringement and those risk factors which are discussed elsewhere in documents that Lignol files from time to time with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements or information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements and information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All written and oral forward-looking statements and information attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.
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