Success Story

Technology Transfer Partnerships: Agri-Therm (C4)

10/18/2012

Fuel up from waste breakdown

Western University spin-off company Agri-Therm, has developed the first mobile process to use heat to chemically decompose almost any waste material like wood, corn stocks, tires and plastics into high-value biofuels.
The need to meet increased worldwide energy demands in environmentally friendly, efficient and cost effective ways has fuelled an interest in biomass conversion technologies. With the support of the C4 TTN, a spin-off company from Western University called Agri-Therm, has developed the first mobile process to use heat to chemically decompose almost any waste material like wood, corn stocks, tires and plastics into high-value biofuels. The resulting bio oil and bio char can be used to meet world fuel needs while also conforming to biofuel legislation and carbon footprint reduction requirements.

Agri-Therm’s patented process called fast pyrolysis is inexpensive to build and maintain, easy to operate and capable of generating its own power, which has resulted in global interest and sales potential.

Return on Innovation

  • Revenues anticipated to reach $150 million within next five years
  • Potential to generate 100-150 sustainable manufacturing jobs in the London region

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