The Nova Scotia Innovation Hub is an organization creating and promoting best in class, investment ready conditions for a low carbon, bioresource economy. The Nova Scotia Innovation Hub has developed several resources to support this effort, and additional resources are developed as required. For further information on any of the resource categories below, please send an email request.

Feedstock

A thorough assessment of available feedstocks was recently completed. The assessment determined volumes of forest, agricultural (short-rotation energy crops), and municipal solid waste feedstocks available to support a biorefinery in Nova Scotia. Based on existing local assets and other strategic factors, seven potential sites were identified as advantageous. An estimate of feedstock volumes by type, within 50, 100, 150, and 200 km of each location was calculated. Based on a scale similar to those biorefineries recently installed or planned in other jurisdictions, there is a long-term feedstock supply more than adequate for each of these sites.

BioFuels

Developing off-take agreements is a typical method to de-risk new investments. The Atlantic provinces are host to large consumers of both heating oil and marine fuels. Roughly 4 billion litres per year of petroleum fuel is consumed in this region.

A study was undertaken to quantify the demand for these fuels by type and the point of consumption, as well as to determine the supply chain structure and technology needs to bring these fuels to market.

A project team conducted extensive primary and secondary research, including consultations with almost 40 key participants in the petroleum fuels supply chain.  The bottom line is that a Nova Scotia biorefinery will benefit from a large local market, and The Nova Scotia Innovation Hub has information and access to those markets to facilitate the potential for off-take agreements.

Supply Chain

To increase demand for biobased fibres in Nova Scotia, continuous improvements to the supply chain efficiency is an ongoing requirement. The Nova Scotia Innovation Hub provides a road map for contractors, industry, and government to integrate innovation, technology, efficiency, project infrastructure and best practices in the forest fibre supply chain. It is with this road map in mind that a supply chain project was undertaken to look at trucking infrastructure, training initiatives for contractors and equipment operators and opportunities to improve the operational planning processes for contractors.

Dynamic Modelling

A Dynamic Modelling project was undertaken to build a linear programming model capable of performing an analysis of the forest products supply chain in Nova Scotia. The modelling team leveraged data from the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, as well as other The Nova Scotia Innovation Hub projects in order to generate an accurate digital depiction of the province’s forest products supply chain.

The model was designed and built to optimise the difference between the aggregate value of all final products produced and the aggregate supply/transformation costs. The data supporting the model describes three basic aspects of the industry: the resource supply (forest), the manufacturing demand (mills), and the infrastructure linking them (harvesting and transportation).