Alternative Renewable Fuels 'Plus' Research and Development Project Outcomes (ARF)

Photo of different bioproducts on display at OMAFRA's Bioeconomy Research Day

This program funded projects that explored new markets and uses for bioproducts, alternative renewable fuels and their coproducts.

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Program purpose

Exploration of new markets and new uses for bioproducts, alternative renewable fuels and their co-products will contribute to the long term sustainability of Ontario's agri-food, energy and rural sectors. Investment in research will help position Ontario to take advantage of new technologies in these areas.

The objectives of the Alternative Renewable Fuels 'Plus' Research and Development Fund were to fund research that would:

  • enable continuous improvement in the alternative renewable fuels industry products and processes
  • promote agricultural value-added opportunities in the bioproducts and alternative renewable fuels industries in Ontario
  • assist alternative renewable fuels and biobased production facilities in Ontario to be major participants in these new worldwide markets

ARF joins the New Directions Research program

In 2008, with the advent of OMAFRA's Bioeconomy-Industrial Uses research theme, the Alternative Renewable Fuels 'Plus' Development Fund (ARF) was consolidated with the New Directions Research Program. Therefore, Calls for Letters of Intent issued during the fiscal years of 2008-09 and 2009-10 through New Directions included ARF priorities.

Priorities for the New Directions Research Program shift annually and will not include priorities related to alternative renewable fuels or the bioeconomy every year.

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Project outcomes

Twenty-four ARF Research projects were jointly funded during 2004-2008 by OMAFRA, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and GreenField Ethanol (formerly Commercial Alcohols Inc.). These projects are listed below by the year in which they were funded. Projects funded since 2008 are supported by OMAFRA through the New Directions Research Program.

'Plus' in the fund name indicates the broadening of focus beyond alternative renewable fuels to include agricultural-based bioproducts.

Projects Funded in 2004

Project #
Lead Researcher
Improving and Sustaining the Value of Co-Product from Dry Mill Ethanol Production Through the Development of New Markets Dr. Phil McEwen, University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus
The Effects of Condensed Distillers' Solubles on Veal Calf Performance, Economic Returns and Carcass Quality Dr. Phil McEwen, University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus
Direct Synthesis of 1,3-Propane Diol from Glycerol Using Transition Metal Based Ionic Hydrogenation Catalysts Dr. Marcel Schlaf, University of Guelph
Hydrogen Generation from Renewable Waste Product Streams Using Supercritical Water Oxidation Dr. Paul Charpentier, The University of Western Ontario
Biodiesel: Processes for Converting Agriculturally-Derived Ethanol, Soybean Oil and Waste Animal Fats to Biodiesel Fuels Dr. David Boocock, University of Toronto
Technical and Economic Analysis of Alternative Processes for Agricultural Waste Fueled Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Dr. Kunal Karan, Queen's University

Projects Funded in 2006

Project #
Lead Researcher
Optimization of switchgrass management for commercial fuel pellet production Roger Samson, Stephanie Bailey Stamler, and Claudia Ho Lem REAP - Canada
Modular, containerized anaerobic digester combined heat and power system William Kemp, Powerbase Automation Systems Inc.
Combined heat and power system using cold-pressed oilseed oil William Kemp, Powerbase Automation Systems Inc.
Optimizing energy production from anaerobically digested manure and co-substrates from medium size dairy farms Anna Crolla, University of Guelph - Alfred Campus
Whole canola as alternative energy source - Phase 1 John Rowsell, University of Guelph, NLARS
Increased ethanol production by commercial yeast strains Dr. George van der Merwe, University of Guelph
Biofuel from degradation of cellulose and chitin Dr. Anthony Clarke, University of Guelph
The effects of feeding sorghum co-product from dry mill ethanol production to growing and finishing feedlot cattle Dr. Phil McEwen, University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus
Renewable and alternative energy financing strategy William McClounie, ACC Farmers' Financial
Experimental use of Ontario grown sorghum (Milo) as 4% feedstock for a full scale ethanol plant Mark Schwartz, GreenField Ethanol Inc.
Energy from biofuels for process heating and power generation Dr. Andrzej Sobiesiak,University of Windsor

Projects Funded in 2008

Project #
Lead Researcher
Optimizing energy production from on-farm manure digesters using agri-biofuel residues as co-substrates Dr. Kevin Kennedy, University of Ottawa
New homogeneous ruthenium- and iron-based catalysts for the hydrogenation of seed and pyrolysis bio-oils to 2nd and 3rd generation bio-diesel Dr. Marcel Schlaf, University of Guelph
Development of High Oil Soybeans for Improving the Production Efficiency of Biodiesel in Ontario Dr. Istvan Rajcan, University of Guelph
Evaluation of agricultural feedstocks for the production of biogas via anaerobic digestion Ron Fleming and Mac MacAlpine, University of Guelph - Ridgetown Campus
The Economics and Feasibility of the Co-Substrates Anaerobic Digestion for Farms in Ontario Dr. Edward A. McBean and Dr. Hamid Salsali, University of Guelph
Sustainable Biodegradable Green Composites from Distillers' Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) and Bioplastics Dr. Amar Mohanty, University of Guelph
Species, soil type, and management interactions on profitability and properties of biomass for pellet production Dr. Bill Deen, University of Guelph

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Author: Rajib Hazarika, Research Analyst/RIB
Creation Date: 1 May 2004
Last Reviewed: 12 November 2014