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Canadian Biodiesel Plant to Make Fuel from Flax

Submitted by on January 18, 2011 – 9:19 amNo Comment

by Susan Taylor  (Reuters)  A tiny Canadian startup company that is preparing to open a biodiesel plant in Toronto this spring says it will produce clean fuel, animal feed and human food all from the modest flax seed.

Privately held Energy Innovation Corp, which has also developed a way to produce biofuel from used coffee grounds, said its production process creates multiple revenue streams, but no waste.

… It has rights to a process that uses 40 percent of the flax seed for fuel, with the remainder turned into meal.READ MORE and MORE (Globe and Mail)

Excerpt from The Globe and Mail:  Mr. Dwyer expects to announce early in this quarter that his company is the only one in the world to meet the stringent ASTM (American Standard Testing Materials) standards to create biodiesel fuel out of flax. He also anticipates earning a patent on the process this summer.

…Flax Energy’s cold-pressed process also avoids the use of chemicals. “We’re one of the only companies on our scale not using hexane to extract oil,” he said in an interview. Hexane is a hydrocarbon that has been identified by some studies as being harmful to people when exposed to it in high quantities, generally when inhaled.

Flax Energy instead processes the grain in food-grade stainless steel turbines, he explains. The turbine spins and drags the seeds through the machine. “It crushes the seed and organically heats it up, and the heat causes the flax seeds’ vessels to open up and yield the oil.”

Flax Energy, which maintains farms in Manitoba and Hamilton, Ont., sells most of its fuel to Toronto-based Steam Whistle Brewing and the cities of Brampton and Mississauga. Trucks at the Toronto’s Rogers Centre will run on the biodiesel as well, Mr. Dwyer said.   READ MORE

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