Bioenergy Systems for Viable Stationary Applications program


Global markets are seeing a growing demand for energy generated biomass and wastes to renewable power and fuels. Efficient utilization of these feedstocks has two-fold benefits:

  • the elimination of wastes that are potentially even hazardous and contaminated
  • the production of clean and secure energy

With expertise in biomass and waste stream characterization, biomass into stationary energy and waste-to-fuel conversion, and renewable fuel utilization, the Bioenergy Systems for Viable Stationary Applications program helps Canadian companies capitalize on this opportunity by overcoming technical and cost barriers through the value chain. This program is driven by government priorities and regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and heterogenous wastes, as well as global need for innovative biomass and waste-to-energy solutions.

By delivering clearly defined cost and technical performance outcomes, the Bioenergy 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.


Drawing on extensive experience in adjacent transportation, construction and energy markets, we offer clients access to world class competencies and unique and specialized facilities conveniently located at the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) sites across the country.

Waste material

Waste-to-fuel conversion processes

  • Biochemical processes
    • Advanced anaerobic digestion systems
    • Bioelectrochemical systems
    • Biological upgrading of biogas and syngas to renewable natural gas
    • Upgrading of syngas to hydrogen
  • Thermochemical processes
    • Small-scale gasification
    • Hydrothermal liquefaction
    • Hydrothermal carbonization
    • Fuel and gas clean-up and upgrading

Renewable fuel utilization

  • Reciprocating engines
    • Single fuel and dual fuel combustion optimization and emission reduction
    • Turbine engines
    • System integration – microgrid

Research facilities

  • Turbine engines
  • Microgrid
  • Solid biofuel fabrication and characterization lab
  • Combustion facilities
  • Gasification
  • Hydrothermal liquefaction
  • Biorefinery
  • Mobile anaerobic digestion unit
  • Bioprocesses and bioengineering development for biofuels production
    • Microbiological lab scale testing
    • Pre-treatment/conditioning systems
    • Bench/lab-scale bioreactor systems
    • Bench/lab-scale bioelectrochemical systems
    • Biomolecular systems and analysis
    • Analytical lab
  • Regulated and unregulated emissions monitoring

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

The NRC is looking to engage companies along the value chain – industries with biomass, industries producing challenging wastes (both liquid and solid), technology developers, power plant original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), systems integrators, utilities and renewable fuel end-users – to develop and deploy integrated solutions for both stationary and motive applications. Industries with challenging wastes that require novel solutions may include those with various industrial wastewaters, sludge, food waste, municipal solid wastes, construction and demolition waste, plastics, solid recovered fuels and packaging wastes.

We are also engaging with clients looking to overcome the technical and cost barriers involved in the integration of locally sourced biomass into stationary energy (heat and power) systems.

Our techno-economic and life-cycle analysis capabilities offer the ability to assess and identify optimal pathways at a variety of scales, including off-grid energy systems for combined heat and power (e.g. remote communities) to drop-in gas and liquid renewable fuel and fuel blend utilization (e.g. trucking fleets).

Collaborator benefits

The NRC brings a unique multidisciplinary perspective to industry challenges around both waste-to-fuel conversion 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 renewable fuels and energy-generation costs.

Industry players along the entire value chain can benefit from the NRC's experience with market access organizations, our relationships with industry, and our reputation as objective technical experts. Our 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 costs of their operations.

Contact us

Jennifer Littlejohns, Program Leader, Bioenergy
Telephone: 613-993-0810

Targeted industries

Waste management, landfills, recyclers, sawmills, dairy, slaughterhouse, wastewater treatment, breweries, distillers, forestry, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, 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, hydrothermal liquefaction, hydrothermal carbonization).