Alberta Innovates invests in clean technology that converts wood into renewable natural gas

Apr 21, 2017

Alberta Innovates is proud to contribute to a clean technology that will convert waste from the Alberta forest industry (wood residue) into renewable natural gas.

A federal-provincial-industry consortium, which includes Alberta Innovates, is investing a total of $2.15 million in a project being hosted by ATCO Gas at a test site in Edmonton. The project will demonstrate the injection of renewable natural gas (RNG) directly into the ATCO Gas distribution system. The renewable natural gas – a drop-in replacement for conventional natural gas – will be produced using an innovative technology developed by company G4 Insights Inc.

Wood residues are being used for this demonstration project but the technology can also be used to convert agricultural crop wastes into renewable natural gas.

Alberta Innovates has contributed $230,000 in cash and in-kind services to G4 Insights and this project, to support large-scale RNG production and commercialization of G4’s promising technology. This includes a grant of $180,000 from Alberta Innovates’ Alberta Bio Future program, a provincial initiative aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable new bioproducts and technologies that utilize Alberta biomass. The company has also received an in-kind commitment for $50,000 in analytical services provided by Alberta Innovates’ applied research subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta.

Not only do such innovation investments contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, they help to diversify the Alberta economy and strengthen rural communities that rely on agriculture and forestry.