Alberta Biorefining Process Granted U S and International Patents
PONOKA, AB, Oct. 5, 2012 /CNW/ – A new Canadian biorefining technology
for processing organic waste has been granted a patent by the United
States Patent Office for a term effective until 2030. This new thermal
hydrolysis and fractionation process, invented by Dr. Erick Schmidt, of
Ponoka, Alberta, transforms food waste and animal by-products including
meat and bones from carcasses into safe nutrient products for organic
fertilizer and biogas production. The innovative technology
incorporates centrifugal separation of the hydrolyzed output, creating
valuable fractions of fatty acids, amino acids and digestible minerals,
and expands the commercial scope of an earlier patent granted in 1999.
In addition to this new US patent (# 8,278,081), sister patents for
this process have recently been issued by Japan, Australia and South
Africa, with additional patents pending in the European Community, Asia
and South America.
The technology, named the “BioRefinex process”, has been adopted by the
178 member countries of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
for the destruction of all infectious microbiological pathogens and TSE
agents causing prion diseases such as BSE (Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy) in cattle and CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) in elk and
deer. The process, which utilizes high pressure and high temperature
steam reactors and integrated centrifuges, provides an environmentally
superior alternative to incineration and landfilling of disease risk
materials such as carcasses, and creates economic value from the
nutrient output materials.
The North American patent rights have been assigned by Dr. Schmidt and
Biosphere Technologies Inc. to BioRefinex Canada Inc. which is
developing an international demonstration and research facility to be
located at Lacombe, Alberta. The Lacombe Biorefinery is designed to
manufacture organic nutrients for fertilizers and biogas produced by
anaerobic digestors for co-generation of “green” electrical power. This
biorefining facility will offset greenhouse gases, and has been awarded
a $10 million grant from Alberta’s Climate Change and Emission
Management (CCEMC) Corporation as part of the total project financing.
The commercialization of this BioRefinex plant will bring major health
and economic benefits to Canadian livestock producers, who now pay a
costly penalty for disposal of SRM’s (specified risk materials) from
cattle over 30 months. This process has been certified by the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for the processing of SRM’s as s part of
Canada’s BSE eradication program.
SOURCE Biosphere Technologies Inc.