UBC opens Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre

September 23, 2021
The University of British Columbia has officially opened the Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), a bioenergy research facility where researchers and industry partners will work toward reducing fossil fuel reliance. The Centre will work toward developing clean energy alternatives, and will embark on a variety of projects related to biofuel technologies, bio-oil and biochar products, and wood pellets. “There is enormous potential for biomass like BC forest waste to help meet both local and global renewable energy needs,” says BRIC director Dr Xiaotao Bi. “BRIC offers a unique opportunity not only to transform organic materials into low-carbon, high-value fuels and other bioproducts, but to do so at a demonstration scale in a virtually risk-free environment.” Bioenergy Insight | Energy Global (BC)