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celluFuel Brings New Energy to Brooklyn

New Plant Turns By-Products into Clean, Sustainable Fuel

March 19, 2014 - Brooklyn, NS

ReNova Scotia Bioenergy Inc.
Credit: Len Wagg Communications Nova Scotia

The Government of Canada is fueling the startup of a local cleantech innovator, as announced today by Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA).

celluFuel’s pilot plant will transform otherwise low-value wood fibre into renewable diesel fuel for the refinery market. The firm is debuting its technology at ReNova Scotia Bioenergy Inc. in Brooklyn with a long-term plan to launch a full commercial-scale operation in Clare by 2015.

The Government of Canada’s $500,000 repayable investment, through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP), supports the purchase of special equipment to establish the plant. The Province of Nova Scotia previously announced a $1.5 million repayable investment in the project.

Quick Facts

• celluFuel Inc. is a Nova Scotia-based cleantech start-up firm, established in October 2012.
• The commercial demonstration plant is expected to have an initial capacity of 1.3 million litres of diesel per year.
• celluFuel Inc.’s pilot plant uses a technology never before seen in Nova Scotia.


“Our Government is proud to support celluFuel Inc. through our investment in the development,
construction and startup of its renewable fuel plant in Brooklyn. This project will break new ground in
clean, sustainable fuel production while creating new opportunities for forestry jobs in rural Nova

Gerald Keddy
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency (ACOA) and Member of Parliament for South Shore - St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the
Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA)

“Nova Scotia’s forestry industry can be a stronger competitor in the global marketplace as we continue
to innovate and evolve. This means partnering with entrepreneurs, researchers, industry groups,
communities, and the federal government to pursue new technologies and product development that
will move our forestry sector forward."

The Honourable Zach Churchill
Minister of Natural Resources

“We are excited that ACOA and the Canadian Government have committed to provide a repayable
investment for the development, construction and start-up of our renewable fuels project in Brooklyn.
We strongly believe that investments in innovative forestry sector projects such as this are essential to
establishing long-term environmental sustainability and providing a broader base of rural economic
growth for Nova Scotia.”

Chris Hooper
President and CEO, celluFuel Inc.

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