A new bio-oil production facility is taking shape in Guelph, Ontario about 50 miles west of Toronto. Dynamotive Energy Systems
is building the plant to produce 200 metric tonnes per day of oil from waste biomass. The first of eight production modules for the plant was installed last week. The mechanical construction of the facility is due to be completed in February. The plant will use a oxygen-free pyrolysis process to convert 66,000 dry tonnes a year of biomass into 130,000 barrels of oil. The oil can be used for power generation and heating straight out of the plant. With additional processing, the oil can be converted to vehicle fuels and chemicals. Because the process uses biomass for feedstock and fuel, it is carbon-neutral. The plant is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2007.