Engineering Support through a Joint Venture with Honeywell UOP
Ensyn has been at the forefront of large-scale fast thermal conversion since the 1980’s. Years of research, design, development and commercial operations by Ensyn’s multi-disciplinary engineering team has matured the RTP® technology and its products.
The pyrolysis oil, a light, clean-burning liquid produced by Envergent Technologies’ RTP® Rapid Thermal Processing technology, will be used to generate renewable electricity and heat for a co-located sawmill owned by Tolko Industries Ltd… The High North plant will also have the capability of producing a renewable resin ingredient that can be used in the manufacture of wood panel products.
“This project demonstrates how use of RTP technology can turn biomass such as wood residuals into a renewable source of energy while reducing a facility’s overall carbon footprint,” said Mark Reno, managing director for Honeywell’s Envergent Technologies joint venture. “We are proud to support High North to create the world’s largest fast pyrolysis plant for renewable heat and power generation.”
OTTAWA and VERNON, BC, June 7 /CNW/ - ENSYN TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND TOLKO INDUSTRIES LTD. announced today that they have formed a partnership to build the world’s largest commercial fast pyrolysis plant in High Level, Alberta. The partnership, High North BioResources Limited Partnership, has been formed to build and operate a plant capable of processing 400 bone dry tonnes of biomass per day into 85,000,000 litres (22.5 million U.S. gallons) of pyrolysis oil annually.
Organization: High North BioResources Limited Partnership
Project: High North RTP Project
Location: High Level, Alberta
CCEMC funding: $5 million
Total project value: $44.9 million
Estimated GHG emissions reduction over 10 years: 988,607
High North BioResources Limited Partnership is a 50/50 partnership created by Tolko Industries
Ltd. and Ensyn Technologies Inc. to carry out the High North RTP Project.
Tolko Industries Ltd. is a private, Canadian-owned forest products company. Tolko is a major
producer and marketer of lumber, veneer, plywood, oriented strand board, and kraft papers, with
manufacturing operations across Western Canada. Tolko owns and operates the sawmill in High
Level where the energy plant will be located.
Ensyn Technologies is the world leader in fast pyrolysis and the production of pyrolysis oil from
forestry and agricultural biomass. Since 1989 Ensyn’s technology has been used to produce
pyrolysis-oil for bio-energy and bio-chemical applications. Ensyn formed Envergent Technologies a
joint venture in 2008 with UOP a Honeywell company to deploy Ensyn’s RTP technology globally as
well as to develop a complementary technology to convert pyrolysis oil into transportation fuels.
The High North RTP Project will be the world’s largest commercial fast pyrolysis plant. The facility
will be capable of producing 75,000,000 litres (19.8 million U.S. gallons) of pyrolysis oil annually
from 400 tonnes per day of sawmill residual biomass that is currently being incinerated with
no energy recovery. This pyrolysis oil will be used to produce renewable energy in the form of
electricity and heat that will be used in Tolko’s sawmill at High Level. The renewable energy
produced will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by displacing fossil fuel based energy. The
facility will also be capable of producing a renewable resin ingredient that can be used in the
manufacture of wood panel products. The project is expected to create over 100 jobs during
construction and approximately 20 continuing direct full time jobs.
July 18, 2016
The governments of Canada and Quebec announced in July they will provide a combined $76.5 million in funding to AE Côte-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues at its Port-Cartier facility.
The project will employ Ensyn Corp.’s RTP (rapid thermal processing) fast pyrolysis process technology to convert woody biomass to 10.6 million gallons per year of a bio-oil product that, when upgraded to transportation fuels, will remove up to 70,000 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions per year. In March, the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks reserved 170,000 green tons of forest residues from government forests to ensure feedstock supply for the project.