Bioenergy Systems for Viable Stationary Applications program


Driven by national energy security priorities and regulatory measures designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global markets are seeing a growing demand for energy generated from renewable sources. The Bioenergy Systems for Viable Stationary Applications (BSVSA) program helps Canadian companies to capitalize on this opportunity by overcoming the technical and cost barriers involved in the integration of locally-sourced biomass into stationary energy (heat and power) systems.

By delivering clearly-defined cost and technical performance outcomes, the BSVSA program's research, analysis and demonstration activities will increase business revenue and market opportunities for technology developers and suppliers while reducing energy generation costs for electrical utilities and end-users. To unlock the full market potential of the bioenergy value chain in Canada, the program's resources and projects are planned through to 2018-19.


Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.

Collaboration opportunities

NRC is looking to engage companies along the value chain – feedstock suppliers, technology providers, power plant OEMs, systems integrators, utilities and other end users – to develop and deploy integrated solutions for near-term stationary markets where bioenergy is already cost competitive. These markets include remote communities and industrial operations now reliant on expensive diesel fuel, as well as urban communities where the value of municipal solid waste diversion makes the effective cost of biomass negative.

Sensitive to the needs of both suppliers and end-users, we take a bioenergy systems approach that targets technologies at the interface between biofuels and the power plant. Our multi-year strategy lets us deploy a critical mass of expertise in projects carefully defined to address interdependent biofuel production and utilization challenges, including:

  • Increasing the efficiency of primary biomass conversion technologies;
  • Optimizing processes for biofuel upgrading;
  • Resolving biofuel-power plant compatibility issues; and
  • Lowering capital and operating costs for bioenergy systems and components.

These activities are complemented by technical support for codes and standards and techno-economic analysis and advice to help clients from the project design and feasibility stage, to technology development, integration, testing and demonstration in the field. Co-investment of industry and other stakeholders – through multi-party collaboration or individual fee-for-service agreements – keeps our projects focused on market outcomes and client needs.

Read our complete list of current opportunities for collaboration.

Collaborator benefits

NRC brings a unique multidisciplinary perspective to industry challenges around both biofuel production and utilization.

By delivering to clearly defined cost and technical performance outcomes, our research, analysis and demonstration activities will increase business revenue and market opportunities for technology developers and suppliers while reducing energy generation costs for electrical utilities and end-users.

Industry players along the bioenergy value chain can benefit from NRC's experience with market access organizations, our relationships with technology adopters such as electric utilities, and our reputation as objective technical experts. NRC's unique technology risk management capabilities help companies develop and maintain a globally competitive position, support quality improvements and reduce the capital, operating and end-user cost of powering communities and industrial operations across Canada.

Technical advisory services

Drawing on extensive experience in adjacent transportation, construction and energy markets, we offer clients access to world class competencies and state of the art facilities conveniently located at NRC sites across the country.

NRC capabilities extend across a broad array of disciplines. Our researchers apply decades of experience in emerging and applied technologies in:

  • Materials science
  • Bioprocessing
  • Chemical, mechanical and systems engineering
  • Electrochemistry
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Codes and standards
Research facilities

Clients also gain access to specialized infrastructure and facilities, including:

  • Bioengineering and fuel cell laboratories
  • Biorefining pilot plants
  • Laboratory and pilot scale autoclaves
  • Combustion, engine and gas turbine research laboratories and test cells
  • Advanced sensors and diagnostic equipment
  • Modeling hardware and software
  • Material and gas characterization and analysis

Contact us

NRC engages clients on an individual basis, and through consortia and other multi-partner collaboration models. Contact us to find out how we can work together to bring biomass into Canada's energy mix.

Jonathan Martin, Program Leader, Bioenergy
Telephone: 604-221-3069

Targeted industries

Forestry, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, municipal solid waste, utilities, systems integrators (defense, aerospace, engineering), power plant equipment manufacturers and suppliers (gas turbines, reciprocating engines, combined heat and power units), bioenergy technology developers (anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis, torrefaction).