Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: December 16, 2020

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Dr. Jorge Aburto
Project Leader and Head of Biomass Conversion Division
Mexican Petroleum Institute






“Bioenergy Initiatives of the Mexican Petroleum Institute”

The Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP) is a national research institute on petroleum, gas and bioenergy. IMP also brings technical support to PEMEX, the national oil company, as well as other energy industries in Mexico and abroad. IMP is dedicated also to consulting to the Mexican Energy Secretariat’s (SENER), other governmental offices and private companies.

IMP has been working on different bioenergy initiatives that will be presented:

  • Production of green diesel and bio jet fuel through the HEFA process
  • Production of biobased chemicals for the transport of heavy and extra-heavy oil through pipeline
  • Techno-economic studies for the generation of thermal and electricity power to agroindustries.

About Dr. Jorge Aburto:

Dr. Jorge Aburto holds a B.Sc. in Food Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); the Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) and Ph.D. from National Polytechnique Institute of Toulouse (INPT), France; and was visiting Researcher in the AgroBiotechnology Institute (IFA-Tulln) from the Agricultural University of Vienna (BOKU), Austria.

Dr. Jorge Aburto is Researcher at the Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP) since 2000 and he is actually Project Leader and Head of Biomass Conversion Division and in charge of the Division of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. Dr. Aburto’s main research areas are bio-based chemicals and materials for applications in the petroleum industry, biomass deconstruction and conversion, production of lignocellulosic ethanol, on-road and aviation fuels, enzyme kinetics and applications to the oil industry, petroleum biorefining, precipitation inhibitors of asphaltenes, and petroleum pipelining through O/W emulsions. He is Author of several international articles, book chapters, and patent applications and patents. He participated in the awarded biorefinery project by the 2016 silver prize PRODETES category recognized by Mexico´s Energy Secretariat (SENER), the World Bank and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Likewise, Dr. Aburto has graduated 32 Bachelor of Science, 3 Master of Science and 2 Doctorate students. Currently, Dr. Aburto is part of the Academic Technical Council of the Bioenergy Thematic Network sponsored by CONACyT, is technical leader in the IMP of the Mexican Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CEMIE BIO), clusters of biojet fuel and solid biofuels. He is currently a Level II National Researcher recognized by SNI-CONACyT. Dr. Aburto was designated Mission Innovation Champion of Mexico by the Mission Innovation Initiative in 2019 by his contribution and vision on Bioenergy development and deployment in Mexico.

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Alberta Innovates Two-Part Bioeconomy Webinar Series: November 26 and December 3

Join Alberta Innovates for their FREE two-part webinar in their INVENTURE$ Unbound Connect Series, focusing on the bioeconomy:

Nov. 26:  10 a.m. – 11 a.m. MT – Introduction to Biomass Feedstock Supply Chain Management

On Day 1, Nov. 26, they will introduce you to supply-chain basics and the Canadian Biomass Supply Chain Risk (BSCR) Standards, a critical tool for investment decisions.

  1. Biomass Supply Chain Basics, presented by Michael LeungConsultant to BioAlberta.
  2. Driving Bio-Based Investment in Alberta: Leveraging Canada’s New Standards for Biomass Supply Chain Risk with the BD Zone Initiative, presented by Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat

Dec. 3:  9 a.m. – 11 a.m. MT – Alberta Showcase

Alberta Innovates is pleased to present these two follow-up sessions on Day 2, Dec. 3:

Session 1 – Managing biomass supply, a first-hand experience:

  1. Under Construction: Building Alberta’s hemp feedstock supply chain from the ground up, presented by Aaron Barr Director, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance and CEO of Canadian Rockies Hemp

Session 2 – Two innovative, made-in-Alberta digital tools that could be applied to developing and managing biomass supply chain:

  1. BRIMS – A geospatial information system (GIS) tool for regional feedstock resource mapping in Alberta, presented by Scott Wilson, Resource Analyst, Silvacom
  2. A Success Story: A digital platform’s critical role in  Canada’s Sustainable Beef Initiative, presented by Tom Ogaranko, Chief Innovation Officer, TrustBIX


Opportunities for Advanced Liquid Biofuels in Western Canada: November 25, 2020

Biomass Energy Network (BEN) and BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) have partnered to present a two-panel discussion on advanced liquid biofuels.

The event will take place from 9am to 11:30am PST/10am to 12:30pm MST on Wednesday, November 25th.

The Canadian government’s release of the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) is anticipated to facilitate innovation and the development of new technologies and fuel streams to support compliance. The proposed regulations for liquid fuels in the CFS pose an opportunity for advanced liquid biofuels throughout the nation. Western Canada has abundant agricultural and forestry resources, along with industrial and technical expertise that could be leveraged to promote innovation in the liquid biofuels space. To address this opportunity, the event will feature two panels:

1) Clean Fuel Standard: An Opportunity to Grow the Bioeconomy

2) Breaking Down Feedstock Supply

The first panel will discuss how the CFS will require innovation to support compliance and change in markets. As overarching policy, the CFS will create a new environment that will demand new fuel types and lower carbon fuels. As Western Canada is abundant in biomass and technical capability, how do we seize this opportunity to grow the bioeconomy?

The second panel will discuss feedstock supply chains and their impact on the liquid fuels space in Western Canada. This panel will outline existing obstacles within feedstock supply chains and discuss promising and innovative solutions that could assist in addressing such obstacles.

Download the program here.

View the replay here.

Virtual Bioenergy Symposium: November 18, 2020

Our next monthly symposium guest is Dr. Ataullah Khan Mohammed, Senior Research Scientist and Technical Lead within Bioindustrial Services at InnoTech Alberta. On November 18 from 12:00-1:00pm MST, he’ll be joining us to discuss innovative bio-product development opportunities at InnoTech Alberta.

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For information on past sessions, visit our symposium archive page.



Dr. Ataullah Khan Mohammed
Senior Research Scientist & Technical Lead
Bioindustrial Services
InnoTech Alberta






“Innovative Bio-Product Development Opportunities at InnoTech Alberta”

As one of Canada’s premier applied research organizations, InnoTech Alberta (a subsidiary of the Alberta Innovates family) has a long and established history associated with transforming the energy, agriculture, environment, forestry and manufacturing sectors of the province. The Bio-Industrial R&D (BIRD)  portfolio within the Bio-Industrial Services (BIS) Division at InnoTech offers a diverse range of scientific, engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and unique pilot facilities to support the development of innovative Biomass-based products in energy, gaseous/liquid/solid fuels, construction, forest products, engineered bio-composites, industrial fibres, agricultural -supplements, -inoculant carriers, -organic fertilizers, food/feed additives, flavoring agents and medicinal Cannabis space. In a nut shell, we cover the whole spectrum of terrestrial biomass and its residuals arising from forestry, agricultural, livestock and municipal solid waste operations and our expertise extends all the way from biomass production, characterization, pre-processing, conversion (fractionation), processing (transformation) into more usable high-value bio-products and their end use testing. The BEN talk will focus on showcasing our capabilities, past successes/impacts and future opportunities for prospective innovators and technology developers in the current era of bio-product revolutionization.

Dr. Mohammed is a Senior Researcher and Technical lead for Bio-Thermo Chemical Processing and Biomass Conversion Programs within Bio-Industrial R&D at InnoTech Alberta and also an Adjunct Professor in the Process Systems Engineering, University of Regina. He is also the sector lead for bioenergy initiative at the BQNC (Biomass Quality Network Canada) and a technical committee member on Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 238:Solid Biofuels. At InnoTech Alberta, his research is focused on biomass thermochemical & thermocatalytic conversion pathways to bioenergy, biofuel, bio-chemical or bio-materials. He is a recipient of 2012 Paragon Award for Innovation for the development of innovative catalysts for feed- and process- flexible hydrogen production. He has 3 patents, 1 book chapter, 2 reviews and 30 research articles to his credit. He also served as a Guest Editor for Special Issue on “Metal Oxides in Catalysis” in Molecular Catalysis Journal, Elsevier, 2018 Issue.

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