We are committed to innovation and continuous improvement – it is the key to our prosperity.
We have extensive operational experience combined with the in-house expertise to design and execute major capital projects. Typically, we have about 20 projects in the queue at various stages of development to: (1) improve our core business by creating new value-added products to optimize production and reduce costs; and (2) develop next generation technologies to process non-traditional feedstocks.
In May 2008, our Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Technology, and Research and Development (‘Centre’) opened in Chatham, Ontario. The Centre has extensive analytical testing and pilot facilities and is typically staffed with 15 Engineers, Scientists, Project Managers, Technicians and Operators, referred to as our Greenfield Engineering & Technology (‘GET’) Team. Our research facility occupies 10,000 square feet and includes a complete laboratory, as well as indoor and outdoor continuous process plants for biomass conditioning, pretreatment, hydrolysis and fermentation.
The Centre is the origin and home of our proprietary Cellulosic Ethanol Division where we developed our proprietary ‘Modified Twin Screw Extruder’ equipment technology and cellulosic biomass pretreatment process technology which were incorporated into and validated at our Continuous Pilot Plant onsite.