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Funding renewable energy projects in Alberta 

The Bioenergy program supports the development of a Bioenergy industry that contributes to Alberta’s supply of renewable energy through the production of renewable fuels and novel value-added products. The program invests in projects that develop and/or deploy waste or biomass conversion technologies.

How the program works

The program is an important part of the transition to a new carbon future and circular economy and enables the participation of Alberta’s innovation community, urban and rural communities and industries throughout the value chain. The goals of the Bioenergy program are connected with the ARIF 2030 targets:

  • 50% reduction in organic waste to landfill through innovative technologies
  • Reduce methane emissions by 45% by 2025
  • Attract an additional $3 billion private sector investment in value-added bioindustrial sector

How project funding works

Most funding is provided through a combination of open competition and continuous intake process. Contact Program Director for more information. 

Who is the program open to? 

This program is open to researchers, innovators, small and medium sized enterprises, large companies and consortia who are seeking funding, expertise and/or sector leadership to advance technology development from TRL 3 – 7.

Focus areas

The Bioenergy program focuses primarily on two areas:

Diversion of Residues and Waste

These are opportunities that  focus on waste management practices with reduced environmental footprint.

Renewable Fuels

These are opportunities that include work in:

1. The development and/or deployment of renewable fuels technologies;

a. Renewable fuels include all three forms of gas, liquid, and solid

b. Renewable fuels include fuels under the scope of provincial and federal fuel standards such as transportation fuels, and beyond such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF)

2. The development and/or deployment of enabling technologies that contribute to process improvement and/or economic viability such as feedstock pretreatment, upgrading and refining, and diversification of products

To view final reports and project summaries associated with this program, view our Project Library.