Federal innovation fund supports Anaergia

Anaergia is receiving more than $1.7 million through the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) – Research and Innovation Stream to develop advanced processes that pre-treat source separated organic waste.

ACT is a funding program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada that supports the development and adoption of clean technologies by agricultural businesses. The contribution to Anaergia was one of 51 approved projects in Ontario which are receiving over $24.1 in funding.

“Our goal is to help Canadian producers innovate and adopt clean technologies. This new Agricultural Clean Technology Program investment aims to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and leverage technology to be more resilient to climate change,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, at a ceremony at Anaergia’s global headquarters in Burlington, Ontario.

Energy and fertilizer

Through the development and adoption of two clean technologies, it is expected that Anaergia’s project will help to improve the treatment of organic waste and feedstock for anaerobic digesters to create a source of renewable energy and fertilizer for on-farm use. The company will develop processing techniques for processing source separated organics, or SSO–the food scraps and other green waste that are gathered from households and businesses in green bin collection programs.

Diverting SSO prevents the methane emissions that occur when this waste breaks down in landfills and allows it to be converted to renewable fuel via anaerobic digestion. The waste can be combined with agricultural waste at farms to enable more farmers to create renewable energy. Because many farms in Canada do not by themselves produce enough waste for anaerobic digestion, the addition of processed SSO would create enough material to allow for anaerobic digestion on site.

“This funding will support the technologies that transform waste into carbon-negative renewable fuel. These technologies are crucial for reducing emissions of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas,” said Andrew Benedek, chairman and CEO of Anaergia Inc.

“We are grateful that the Government of Canada is supporting these solutions and Anaergia’s mission to accelerate the world’s clean energy transition.”

Anaergia has implemented over 1,000 anaerobic digestion solutions around the world.

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