The industry-funded Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system is contributing $10 million for construction of a $45-million Lacombe Biorefinery.
The clean energy and organic fertilizer facility will be the first in the world to use a technology called BioRefinex thermal hydrolysis. This technology, developed in Alberta, uses high heat, high pressure and water to turn animal and plant waste from agriculture and food processing into organic fertilizer and enough renewable natural gas to heat more than 1,000 homes each year.
The facility will also cut about 40,000 tonnes of emissions each year — the same as taking about 8,500 cars off the road. Enbridge Gas is also contributing $10 million to the project.