Researcher’s at the University of Alberta have secured $1 million in funding to construct a pilot plant to produce plastic products from canola.
The Alberta Bioplastics Consortium expect that the plant should be operational by the end of the summer. The consortium consists of institutions, as well as provincial and federal government agencies.
The technology is similar to that used by researcher’s in the USA who are using soy beans as the feedstock. The researchers will be looking to use the technology to manufacture components such as automotive components such as bumpers and panels as well as medical tubing, food packaging and rust-coating products.
If the pilot plant trials go well, they hope to build a full-scale plant and have a commercialised entity within three years.
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