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 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.
The 6th International Symposium on Gasification and Its Application (ISGA-6) was held in the City of Chengdu, China on Oct 25th to 28th. C-CBC member Prof. Guanyi Chen is the Chair of the Symposium and Professors Guangwen Xu and Xiaotao Bi are the Co-Chairs. Dr. Wenli Duo also attended the Symposium.
On October 19th, at the invitation of C-CBC member Dr. Hui Li, 4 Canadian members visited Hunan Academy of Forestry (HAF) in Changsha, China. The 4 members are Prof. Jim Lim, C-CBC Manager Siduo Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ziliang Wang, and PhD student Long Cheng. HAF is one of C-CBC's founding member institutes and so far the only academic member organization in Hunan Province. Up to now, HAF has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of British Columbia, co-published 7 SCI papers, and facilitated 18 scholar exchanges and visits.
The 6th International Conference on Biomass Energy (ICBE 2018) was held in Wuhan successfully from October 16 to 19, 2018 to further explore the future development of the biomass energy industry and promote the exchange and innovation of biomass energy academia. The conference was jointly organized by the China Renewable Energy Society - Biomass Energy Committee, The China Biomass Innovation Alliance, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. C-CBC is one of the co-organizers. Over 20 C-CBC members served on the conference committee or attended the conference. The co-chairs of the conference are also our members.
On Oct 14th, the Shenzhen Talent Training Institute held a symposium on energy and environment. C-CBC Director Xiaotao Bi was invited to exchange ideas with distinguished talents in Shenzhen and to discuss global environmental protection and new energy technology development trends.
C-CBC member Dr. Shahab Sokhansanj received the inaugural Arun S Mujumdar Medal in Drying Science at the 21st International Drying Symposium (IDS 2018) held from September 11 to 14, 2018 in Valencia Spain.
C-CBC researchers and students won two Best Poster awards at the Research Day of UBC BioProducts Institute (BPI) on September 12th. PhD student Ruixu Wang and Post-Doc Ziliang Wang won the first price for presenting “Performance of a prototype pulsed fluidized bed reactor for biomass residues torrefaction”. Post-Doc Eric Dening Jia won the second price on “Heat and mass transfer in pulsation-assisted fluidized beds”.
Prof. Xiaotao Bi has co-authored a recent publication in the journal of Science on global carbon intensity of crude oil production. It is a study led by Stanford University with collaborators from several other universities. The full article can be accessed from: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6405/851
On August 16th and 17th, C-CBC member Prof. Changzhu Li, Director of Hunan Academy of Forestry (HAF), and Prof. Lijuan Jiang from Central South University Forestry and Technology visited UBC and FPInnovations. C-CBC Director Xiaotao Bi and Manager Siduo Zhang, and C-CBC member Dr. Wenli Duo, received the visit. Prof. Hui Li, Deputy Director of the Institute of Biological and Environmental Engineering at HAF who is currently a visiting professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC, accompanied the visit.
A meeting was conducted at UBC to review the collaboration work between HAF and UBC through C-CBC’s platform which includes joint funding application, student and scholar exchanges, affiliated industry program, etc. The attendees planned for the next steps to further the collaboration. HAF is strong in the field of turning woody energy plants into bioenergy and bioresources. The two organizations will develop joint research and development projects, train students and scholars, and commercialize promising new technologies by involving industry members.
On June 28th, a delegation from Xiamen University of Technology (XMUT), led by Zhicheng Lin, Vice Secretary of CPC Committee, visited C-CBC. The delegation had a meeting with Dr. Xiaotao Bi along with Haochen Li, Manager of UBC China Council, and Jonathan Hayes, International Relations Officer of UBC Office of the Vice-Provost International. The delegation introduced XMUT's latest development learned about the UBC engineering areas and C-CBC, and inquired about UBC's international collaboration programs on student and scholar development. XMUT will stay in touch with UBC for further conversations on potential collaborations.
On June 11th, Mr. Chen Wang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress led a delegation to visit UBC and C-CBC. C-CBC Director Xiaotao Bi received the delegation along with the President of UBC Prof. Santa Ono, UBC Vice-Provost International Prof. Murali Chandrashekaran, Chinese Ambassador Mr. Shaye Lu, Chinese Consul General at Vancouver Ms. Xiaoling Tong, other staff members from the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Consulate General, and a group of C-CBC members. The delegation toured our Centre and the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre. The delegation was impressed by our achievement. Mr. Wang encouraged our members to strive for higher goals and enhance the collaboration between the two countries on clean technologies including bioenergy. Together we are confident to will make C-CBC as a leading international collaboration platform on bioenergy.
A delegation from Henan Academy of Sciences visited C-CBC on May 30th, 2018. The Director Prof. Tingzhou Lei accepted Dr. Bi's invitation to join C-CBC and Henan Academy of Sciences also joined as a partner institution.
On May 26th, a delegation from the Department of Energy Conservation, Science & Technology, and Equipment, China National Energy Administration, visited C-CBC. New connections were built after the visit and the group will stay in touch to learn about the latest technologies and the market trend in bioenergy and clean energy field. They will create collaboration opportunities for the researchers and industry players in the two countries for win-win solutions.
We are glad to announce that our Centre has changed its name to China-Canada Bioenergy Centre (C-CBC)! Our website has migrated to a new domain www.c-cbc.center. The previous one www.ccjcberi.com will be valid for another year.
CCJCBERI Directors Tianwei Tan and Xiaotao Bi attended the third annual meeting and academic conference of the Beijing Center for Advanced Innovation in Soft Matter Science and Engineering on April 13th-14th, 2018.
On April 10th, 2018, the Third Annual Meeting of CCJCBERI was successfully held at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Attendees include more than 70 people from governments, research institutes, and other organizations in China, Canada, and the US.