10-02-2017 Canada to benefit from the Finnish bioenergy expertise Finpro’s Waste-to-Energy & Bioenergy Growth Program (W2EB) had a successful visit to Northern Ontario in January 2017. Beyond sharing information, the delegation of five Finnish companies was looking for partners. 
Finnish delegation visiting Ontario Power Generation´s bioenergy plant.

Finnish waste-to-energy and bioenergy experts visited Northern Ontario to share ideas on small and mid-sized combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating systems. The visit included sectoral meetings, B2B meetings with local key stakeholders, as well as participation in the Building Biomass Value Chains Workshop in Thunder Bay.

Saku Liuksia, Project Manager of W2EB is very pleased with the visit. He tells that Finnish companies have an attractive market in Canada and excellent solutions to provide.

“Norther Ontario can greatly benefit from our offering. There is demand especially for small and mid-sized biomass boiler systems. With Finnish solutions e.g. First Nations can reduce their dependency on diesel, avoid skyrocketing energy costs and be able to generate new jobs.” 

Finnish bioenergy know-how gained a lot of publicity

The delegation companies were:
•    Enviroburners – designer and manufacturer of advanced industrial burner systems for energy production and environmental protection.
•    Indufor – one of the world's leading forest consulting service providers. 
•    Mikkeli Development Miksei Ltd. – an organization representing bioeconomy companies based in the city of Mikkeli, Finland.
•    Simosol – provider of forest management software.
•    VTT Technical Research Centre – known for R&D, piloting and testing services related to bioenergy and waste-to-energy.

If you are keen to know what Canadians have to say about the Finnish expertise, please see the following articles:

Finnish companies share biomass ideas in Canada by Canadian Biomass Magazine
Finns offer Ontario bioeconomy solutions by Canadian Biomass Magazine
What the Finns can offer Northern Ontario’s biomass economy by Northern Ontario Business 

Neste & BELT co-operation: a pilot biorefinary to La Tuque

At the Building Biomass Value Chains Workshop in Thunder Bay, delegation member Matti Virkkunen from VTT Technical Research Centre provided an overview of what the biomass economy might look like in Canada based on a project now underway in La Tuque, Quebec.

In January 2017, Finnish company Neste and a not-for-profit company BioEnergy La Tuque (BELT) announced a partnership agreement with the objective of studying the feasibility of producing renewable diesel from forest harvest residues in La Tuque, Canada.  A demonstration biorefinery will be built to determine the feasibility of such a plant, both in terms of technical practicality and economic benefits. 

The BELT project is expected to create more than 500 jobs in the Haute-Mauricie area while supporting economic diversification. According to La Tuque Mayor Normand Beaudoin, the biorefinery is a major project to guarantee the future of La Tuque. 

“We are very happy to benefit from such a nice partnership with Finland to achieve a major society project that combines jobs creation and sustainable development,” says Beaudoin. 

Vesa Lehtonen, the Ambassador of Finland to Canada sees a lot of potential in the Finnish-Canadian co-operation.

"The BELT project is an excellent example of the potential of the economic relations between Finland, the Province of Quebec and Canada. Our companies and research institutes are searching for new innovations and prospects for investments together.”

More about the BELT project: BELT partners with Neste on biodiesel project by Canadian Biomass magazine.