Canadian government and NRC to develop innovative vehicles and construction materials
November 4, 2013 by STAFF REPORT
The Government of Canada and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have launched a five-year, $55-million initiative to help create more fuel-efficient vehicles and greener construction materials.
The Industrial Biomaterials program will allow Canadian firms to transform agricultural and forestry by-products to create new materials and reduce the use of petroleum-based polymers (plastics). It will also combine resources from Canadian businesses to advance research and development in the manufacturing of industrial biomaterials.
Bioresins, biofibers and biocomposites made from Canadian non-food biomass such as wood, lignin, grain husks, flax and hemp stems are environmentally friendly and can provide manufacturers with sustainable and durable green products to use in next-generation automobiles and building materials.
NRC is investing $30 million and the other $25 million is being funded through collaborative projects with industry, academic institutions and other government departments.
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