Concerns over the depletion of world oil reserves and climate change have spurred global efforts to develop ecological and renewable alternatives to petrochemical products. The term biorefining is commonly used to identify the cluster of conversion pathways used to transform biomass into polymers, composite materials, biofuels and other high value-added chemicals.

Albeit notable exceptions, the Canadian industry sector of biorefined products is still in its infancy. Where some process technologies have reached the stage of pilot-plant testing, others remain confined to the laboratory, waiting for capital injections in their ongoing development.

However, the upward trend of oil prices observed in the past decade combined with the projected growth in the world demand for oil supports a growing view that a tipping point could be reach in the near future. When this new industrial revolution will unfold, many industry analysts assert that the ability to secure long-term access to homogenous biomass feedstock will play a key role in the success of biorefining technology developers in raising the venture capital necessary for bringing their technology to the market.

Understanding clearly the impact this issue holds for the future of the industry, Agro Énergie has dedicated itself to making short-rotation willow coppice a staple resource for the future bioeconomy. Driven by innovation and the continuous improvement of our processes, we are working on making SRWC a stable and cost-efficient source of homogenous lignocellulosic biomass.

Are you developing an innovative biomass processing technology and wishing to investigate the potential of willow in your business model? Agro Énergie is constantly looking for industrial partners to develop new commercial applications for SRWC. Contact us today to find out how Agro Énergie can be the partner of your success.