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  • 20 Apr 2012 6:21 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    The recording of this event can be viewed at:

    http://uoguelph.adobeconnect.com/p84tuq2ucyd/

    The seminar is part of OMAFRA-UofG KTT Bioeconomy Seminars

    Title: "Biopreferred: Creating New Markets for Biobased Products"
    Speaker: Ron Buckhalt Manager, BioPreferredĀ® program,
    USDA/Agricultural Research Service, Washington, DC

    Ron Buckhalt spoke about the steps the U.S. government is taking to support the development of the bioeconomy. The BioPreferred program is a mandatory Federal procurement program put in place 10 years ago to help pull the market for biobased products by harnessing the purchasing power of the Federal government by mandating the purchase of products designated by USDA. The program now also has a USDA Certified Biobased Product label which is beginning to appear in retail outlets. Additionally, the Administration is expected to announce a new Federal research thrust to support the bioeconomy.

    Further information on the USA Biopreferred program is found at:
    http://www.biopreferred.gov
  • 19 Mar 2012 9:35 PM | Anonymous
    The following chart tells the convincing story of Organic Composite Boards (fibreboards): Organic Composite Boards form WhiteCloud Innovations

  • 10 Mar 2012 8:10 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    From a biomass perspective the GTM 2012 has been a major improvement compared to last year's conference. The GTM dedicates 2 simultaneous sessions to biomass and solar. This year there was a balanced split of solar and biomass during the first day; the second day was completely dedicated to biomass, resulting in a 75% biomass coverage in total.
    The schedule of the GTM leaves adequate time for networking and visiting the exhibition, including an amazing poster presentation of university students. For me these posters, showcasing sophisticated research work, are an indication that our industry will be in good hands.
    The GTM was a meeting place of most key players in the biomass industry, including producers, researchers, manufactures and key people from various government groups. As a result this conference provided quality networking opportunities and an excellent information exchange among key players.
    Even though biomass based combustion is still a valid agenda item, the main topic was more geared to high quality biomass applications, i.e. products that use various contents of fibre material.
    OPA was represented by a high ranking executive during a general morning session. The expectation was that the new upcoming FIT and MicroFIT rules would be presented. It was a major disappointment that OPA had practically nothing to say and worse, does not seem to see a major role biomass will play in the future. Considering that this was a biomass conference the OPA presence and performance raises some serious questions. Clearly our focus should not be pointing in the Nanticoke direction anymore!
    As in previous years, most of the presentations will be posted on the GTM website. Stay tuned for further updates.

  • 10 Mar 2012 9:02 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    OAFT's AGM was followed by 4 presentations of organizations, which managed to lift their success thanks to OAFT's Rapid Response Program.
    The quality of this event was remarkable. Many of Ontario's biomass industry "heavy weights" were in attendance. All presentations were of high calibre and demonstrated how effective Dr. Gord Surgeoner's Rapid Response Program is.
    From an OBPG perspective the presentation of the President of WhiteCloud Innovations, Catherine Tredway, was the highlight of the afternoon.
    Catherine Tredway, formerly only known to me as the "Fibreboard Lady", made quite an impression. It is encouraging to meet someone with such enthusiasm, drive, ambitions and especially the intention to work closely with all sectors of the biomass value chain, including the growers. Catherine describes her team and network as extended family, which is supported with the fact that her 2 daughters are part of the organization.
    As a biomass producer I am particularly encouraged with Catherine's business model, which includes royalties of her products for producers. WhiteCloud Innovations' products, currently at a prototype stage, have remarkable quality attributes, such as being flame-resistant, waterproof and best of all being cost effective.
    For biomass producers the most attractive characteristics of WCI's Organic Composite Boards is the very high biomass content. A presentation of Ms. Tredway includes more details of the Organic Composite Boards.
    With the support of OAFT's Rapid Response Program, WhiteCloud Innovations managed to market their products in North-America with "blitz" travel tour, including stops in major locations in Canada and the USA. The future client base includes heavy-weights, like IKEA and Steelcase. To-date WhiteCloud has an order book of more than 500'000 tonnes of OCB's.
    OBPG is very much interested to see WhiteCloud succeed and will provide the necessary support to come up with the needed supply of biomass.

    Congratulations and thanks to Gord Surgeoner and his team for organizing this great event.



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