Terms of Reference - Technical Working Group of the Steering Committee for the Project to Commercialize Agricultural Biomass for Combustion Energy
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The Technical Working Group was formed by the Steering Committee for the Project to Commercialize Agricultural Biomass for Combustion Energy to coordinate the analysis of the technical feasibility of commercializing agricultural biomass for combustion energy in Ontario.
While replacement of coal with agricultural biomass in Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) units is the main focus of this project, the technical analysis will also address other potential users of agricultural biomass including the cement industry, agricultural operations (e.g. greenhouses, livestock operations) and others seeking an alternative fuel source.
The purpose of the Technical Working Group is to coordinate the analysis of technical factors related to commercialization of agricultural biomass for combustion energy in Ontario. The working group's input on technical feasibility from the farm to the aggregator will be a key consideration in the Steering Committee's overall assessment of whether commercialization of agricultural biomass should be pursued.
The working group will focus on technical issues related to agricultural biomass for combustion that cover stages in the value chain from the farm to the aggregator. The issues include:
OPG is undertaking technical studies related to transportation of processed biomass from the aggregator to their generation facilities, combustion chemistry and the fuel specification. OPG's representative on the working group will share information from these studies, as they may impact the farm to aggregator stages of the value chain.
Markets for agricultural biomass other than OPG may also contribute information to the Technical Working Group on their particular needs. Technical information from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture's "Transformative Project to Generate Energy for Ontario by Developing an Innovative Agricultural Biomass Value Chain Sector" will be considered e.g. jurisdictional scan, market opportunity study, aggregation pilot, and farm-scale demonstration plots. Likewise, information from academic, government and private research projects will also be considered.
The composition of the working group may vary over time based on the issues being examined. Experts may be invited to participate on an on-going basis on the working group or contribute on an ad hoc basis. The core members include:
The Technical Working Group will provide information and advice to the Steering Committee and the Business Case Working Group.
While private business may consider the information collected for
the technical analysis, this project is not intended to be prescriptive
about different business case models, technologies or opportunities
to be pursued.
Figure 1. Steering Committee for the Project to Commercialize Agricultural Biomass for Combustion Energy
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