CHAR Technologies Ltd. has completed Phase 1 of the Thorold Renewable Natural Gas & Biocoal project with the initial production of biocoal.
CHAR relocated and recommissioned its facility from London, Ontario, to the Thorold Multimodal Hub, in Ontario’s Niagara region, where it is now producing biocoal.
The move was facilitated by a $1.5 million investment by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), and over $4.9 million through Natural Resource Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program.
The Government of Ontario has provided $6.4 million for the project through the Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program.
CHAR’s biocoal was developed in collaboration with Canadian industry and is a carbon neutral drop-in replacement for metallurgical steel making coal that provides significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction.
The Thorold project is on schedule, as CHAR now focuses on Phase 2 of the Project, which will increase biocoal production capacity from 1,000 tonnes to 10,000 tonnes per year. Phase 3 will complete the project with the production of 500,000 GJ a year of RNG, which is enough to heat 5,500 homes.
CHAR and Bioveld Canada Inc, a BMI Group company and owner of the Thorold Multimodal Hub, hosted top executives from Canadian industry for a site tour to view the operational facility.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the Honourable Filomena Tassi, the Minister responsible for FedDev, for believing in our vision,” said CHAR CEO, Andrew White.
“With Phase 1 complete, we can focus on scaling up the facility to reach its full potential as Canada’s largest woody biomass to RNG and biocoal facility.”
Following the CHAR site tour Ontario’s not for profit Center for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) presented the NextFor Biocarbon for Heavy Industry Forum. CRIBE presented a much-anticipated Ontario forest biomass availability study that will directly support Ontario industries’ Net Zero decarbonization ambitions.