Sarnia-Lambton Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster
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Sarnia-Lambton is emergying as a centre for Bioindustrial manufacturing and R&D. The emerging Sarnia-Lambton Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster is based on an extensive infrastructure that is suited to bioindustrial industries, excellent manufacturing locations with deep water marine dockage, the presence of a major refining and chemical complex, R&D facilities, and a very proactive community.
Recent activity in the bioindustrial sector includes:
BioAmber - Currently constructing North America's first Biosuccinic Acid plant in Sarnia
Solutions4C02 - opening 50,000 s.f. research facility in Sarnia; planning for commercial waste carbon capture plant
Woodland Biofuels - building cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant at the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre, at the Western University Sarnia-Lambton Campus
Methese Energies Canada - commissioning Sombra facility for production of biodiesel in St. Clair Township
The Canadian and Provincial governments' recent choice of Sarnia-Lambton as the site of The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre of Canada reaffirms our area's leadership in the field of industrial bioproducts. The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre is located at The Research Park in Sarnia-Lambton. The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre provides companies access to labs and pilot plant facilities. Scientists are on site. Toronto-based Woodland Biofuels Inc. is currently building a $10-million "cellulosic ethanol" pilot plant facility at the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre.
The Western University Research Park, Sarnia-Lambton Campus, is a joint venture of the University of Western Ontario, the County of Lambton, and the City of Sarnia. The Park is operated by the University of Western Ontario. Companies can work with staff at The Research Park to assess their innovation needs, access innovation resources, and unlock the innovation potential in their business, product, service, process, or idea.
Sarnia-Lambton is an active participant in the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. Made up of companies, associations, and individuals representing the chemistry value chain, this group is working to established Ontario as a global leader in innovative, environmentally sustainable, chemical products, technologies and processes.
Companies are taking advantage of Sarnia-Lambton's strengths in the development of industrial bioproducts. Suncor Energy's ethanol plant, located in Sarnia-Lambton, has a production capacity of 400 million liters of ethanol annually; making it the largest ethanol plant in Canada.
Sarnia-Lambton is a an international leader in refining and petrochemical products. The infrastructure and industries already in place in Sarnia-Lambton provide an excellent foundation for industrial bioprocesses, and the area is gaining an international reputation as a bioprocessing and R&D centre.
Sarnia-Lambton is an important agriculture area and an Ontario leader in the production of soybean, wheat and corn, which can be used in the production of grain-based fuels and chemicals. As technology evolves, potential exists for cellulose-based chemicals.
Located on the automotive corridor between Toronto and Detroit, and given the proximity between feedstock, industry, and the presence of The Research Park, there is great potential in Sarnia-Lambton for the development of bioplastics and biocomposites in the production of automotive parts.