From a news release
The federal government has announced an investment of $499,433 to help Competitive Green Technologies of Leamington research and develop a biomass-based alternative material that could replace traditional nylon in automobile manufacturing and other industries.
With technical expertise from the University of Guelph’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), the company is developing a new biocomposite material from resin and natural fibres derived from agricultural waste. This new biocomposite material could be used by the automotive industry to produce stronger, more environmentally friendly car parts using more renewable content at a lower cost. The use of agricultural residues to produce this biocomposite material could lead to new economic opportunities for farmers.
“Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) funding is instrumental in supporting the development of innovative and sustainable biobased materials,” said Prof. Amar Mohanty, Director BDDC and Premier’s Research Chair in Biomaterials & Transportation of the University of Guelph. “We are delighted to collaborate with Ontario-based Competitive Green Technologies on this project. Together we are creating greener materials from agricultural wastes and residues to advance bioeconomy in reducing greenhouse gases.”
“We are really happy to have created an impact by working with AAFC on this project – Nano-enhanced, Ag biomass-based hybrid bio-composites for light-weighting automotive,” said Mike Tiessen, President of Competitive Green Technologies. “AAFC funding has resulted in an industry needle-mover. As a farmer and President of Competitive Green Technologies, I am absolutely delighted to see the value-add to agriculture through this innovative technology break-through.”
The funding was announced on Nov. 16 by Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.