Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and Helsinki-based UPM are teaming up to grow Carinata oilseed crops in conjunction with farmers in Uruguay and Brazil, the two companies announced this week. Agrisoma says more Carinata production is planned for the future as the company expects to expand production in other regions.
Gatineau-based Agrisoma created Carinata for two roles - the sustainable biofuel production in the aviation industry as well as to produce non-edible oil, suitable for making low-carbon biofuels and nutritious protein for animal feed.
The Agrisoma-UPM agreement is a global first, where a non-food sustainable oilseed can develop into a second, low indirect land use change (ILUC) crop, thereby producing few greenhouse gas (GHG) feedstocks to produce advanced biofuels.
Commercial production of Carinata, tested in South America in 2016, has been seeded as a second crop during the winter growing season, a time when major commodity crops do not grow.
Carinata produced under these second cropping procedures provides finished fuels with a GHG reduction of more than 75% over fossil fuels. Agrisoma believes that as these strategies expand on a broader scale, GHG reductions of more than 100% are possible, providing for "carbon negative" fuels that are price competitive with fossil fuels.