U of S Research Strengths in Biomass Gasification

  • The U of S is a national research leader in biomass conversion technologies and in agronomy of second and third generation fuel crops, and is ideally positioned to become an international leader in biomass conversion research. Our location (natural vegetation regions with grassland, parkland and forest), provides the natural resources needed to research biomass conversion and diversify the Canadian biomass production industry.
  • The University offers a strong Canadian environment for biomass research, bringing together researchers from many disciplines and nearby innovation organizations to form a well-intergrated cluster of activity.
  • The U of S has formal linkages with these cluster members and connections with interested academic and government research groups across Canada and internationally.
  • The University has identified “Environment, Resources and Sustainability” and a Strategic Projects Team (SPT) has been created to accelerate the implementation of larger, cross-disciplinary research projects and programs. Current research themes include: biomass conversion, bio-energy from animal and agricultural wastes, clean coal technology, bio-ethanol, bio-diesel, and energy transport.
  • Strategic activities include a proposed international energy research center, and technology and know-how generated here for energy strategies will be exported around the world.
  • The College of Agriculture recently added “Bioresources” to its name because the U of S is cognizant and supportive of the need to develop research on promising bioproducts, such as biofuels.
  • The College of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Bioresources possess a critical mass of researchers in the area of biomass gasification technology and support.

Partners and Support in Biomass Conversion Research

  • The U of S has assembled some of the best biomass conversion facilities in Canada. Infrastructure to perform laboratory and pilot scale research on biofuels and bioenergy exists mainly in Engineering facilities and the total value of recent infrastructure is approximately $20 million.
  • Assets include world-class laboratories, such as the Ag-Bioprocess Engineering Research Laboratory, large greenhouses and land for agronomy studies on fuel crops and second and third generation biofuels.
  • Facilities at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) and Innovation Place Research Park located near the main campus complement our infrastructure.
  • The U of S is engaged with India in developing strategic partnerships to convert waste biomass into energy.
  • The College of Engineering is conducting ongoing, collaborative research with the Nethlands’ Delft University of Technology in the area of monitoring and control of fluidized beds.
  • The College of Engineering is also in ongoing discussions with Austria’s Technical University of Vienna, a global powerhouse in this research area, on how to create a formal partnership for joint biomass gasification research.