Since the last report in July 2018, C-CBC has recruited 4 faculty members and 3 member organizations, with a current membership of 76 researchers and 40 organizations. Four China-Canada teams have been awarded significant research grants in provincial and federal programs. The Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) funded by the Canadian Foundation of Innovation (CFI) in 2017 is under design and the construction will start in fall 2019 at UBC. Another major funding has recently been granted by Western Economic Diversification Canada, supporting a BioAlliance project on the production of synthesis gas and renewable natural gas (RNG) from forest residues. C-CBC co-organized the 6th International Conference on Biomass Energy (ICBE 2018) in October 2018 at Wuhan, China, and co-organized the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels with Mission Innovation (MI) in April 2019 at Yantai, China. We also initiated and led the Bioenergy Dialogue of the Canada China Track II Energy Dialogue and hosted the first meeting in Beijing in January 2019. In terms of student and scholar training, C-CBC has hosted 17 new postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and visiting students from Chinese member universities.
The C-CBC 2019 Annual Meeting was successfully held on May 31st at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The members discussed plans for the next year. C-CBC will keep leading the Bioenergy Theme of the Canada China Track II Energy Dialogue, and stay involved in the Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge (IC4) of Mission Innovation (MI) initiative. Members will actively apply for new collaboration programs at all levels. Technology development will be further supported and more student and scholar exchanges will be facilitated.
On May 30-31, C-CBC co-organized the IC4 Advanced Biofuels Workshop: Pathways to Market, at the University of British Columbia. It’s a workshop with Mission Innovation (MI) which is a global initiative of 23 countries and the European Union. The theme of the workshop is “Pathways to Market”. Specifically, it is “how to connect dots across the supply chain to produce and use low-carbon fungible biofuels”. The attendance reached over 130 participants from federal and provincial governments, industry, financial sector, advisory groups and universities to give presentations and exchange ideas.
On Apr 18th 2019, Western Economic Diversification Canada announced $2.38 million funding towards the research and testing of clean technologies that generate renewable natural gas (RNG) from forest residues, led by Prof. Xiaotao Tony Bi at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The project will be spearheaded by the UBC BioProducts Institute together with the BC Pulp & Paper Bio-Alliance, a formal partnership between UBC, FPInnovations, the British Columbia (BC) provincial government and all the BC pulp and paper companies.
In conjunction with MI‐4/CEM (Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting and Clean Energy Ministerial Meetings in Vancouver May 27‐29, 2019 ‐ http://cem-mi-vancouver2019.ca/), the co‐leads of the Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge (IC4) in partnership with IEA, BC Bioenergy Network, and C-CBC are organizing a workshop at the University of British Columbia to accelerate the commercialization of sustainable advanced biofuels. The theme of the workshop is “Pathways to Market”. The workshop will explore strategies for facilitating large‐scale supply of biological feedstocks and overcoming barriers to technology demonstration and commercial scale production of fungible biofuels.
On April 2nd to 4th, 2019, the "Mission Innovation (MI)- the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels" co-organized by the Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, the Science and Technology Department of Shandong Province and the Yantai Municipal Government, was successfully held in Penglai, Yantai. More than 70 experts and scholars from 10 countries, representatives of governments and enterprises at all levels attended the opening ceremony. C-CBC Director Xiaotao Bi, member Longlong Ma, Fernando Preto attended the conference.
Congratulations to two groups of C-CBC member organizations for being awarded funding from the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP), National Research Council Canada (NRC). They are our industry member Nexterra Systems Corp. with Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and Highbury Energy Inc. with Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The awarded projects are “Biomass gasification technology research, development and application” and “Breakthrough Technologies for Bottlenecks in Renewable Liquid Fuels from Wastes”, respectively. C-CBC has been included to the “Canada-China Joint Science and Technology Action Plan 2016-2018” since 2016 thus its members qualify for this designated program. C-CBC will strive to gain more opportunities like this for our members.
On January 18th 2019, C-CBC successfully hosted a bioenergy meeting at Beijing University of Chemical Technology for the Canada China Track II Energy Dialogue. C-CBC directors Xiaotao Bi and Tianwei Tan led discussions among a group of academic and industry experts from the two countries on bioenergy development, challenges, and opportunities.
Congratulations to C-CBC partner organizations Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC) and UBC for having received funding from Guangdong Province under the Innovation Strategic Program on International Cooperation in Science and Technology. The Principal Investigators are Prof. Xiuli Yin (GIEC), Prof. Anthony Lau, and Prof. Xiaotao Bi. The title of the project is “Research on thermochemical conversion mechanism of solid and liquid wastes from pulp and paper industry". It includes techno-economic analysis on pre-treatment methods of pulp and paper industrial wastes, formation mechanism and controllable transformation of nitrogen oxides precursors from thermochemical conversion process of pulp and paper industrial wastes, pyrolysis and gasification characteristics of pulp and paper industrial wastes and catalytic reforming of tar.
On December 4th, C-CBC Manager Siduo Zhang participated in the 2018 Canada-China Green Economy and Service Innovation Forum in Vancouver and presented C-CBC to the attendees.
On October 29-30, C-CBC Director Xiaotao Bi, the Manager Siduo Zhang, Chinese members Prof. Guangqing Liu and and Prof. Huili Zhang were invited to attend the 7th China-Canada Joint Committee Meetings on Science and Technology Cooperation. The meetings were held in Beijing. On the 29th, C-CBC representatives participated in the Session Meetings on Clean Technology and Researcher Mobility. The 30th was the all-members summary meeting co-chaired by the Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology also Director of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, Mr. Jianguo Zhang, and the Vice Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Mr. David McGovern.
On October 30th, a delegation from the Asia Pacific Foundation (APF) led by its President and CEO Stewart Beck met with C-CBC Directors Xiaotao Bi and Tianwei Tan at Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT). They discussed bioenergy's role and contribution to the overall energy portfolio in the two countries, and prepared for the next Track II Energy Dialogue meeting between Canada and China.