Green Diesel

An Energy Game Changer

Driven by planetary necessity, consumer demand,market realities and a corporate credo to ‘do the right thing’, Hummingbird Energy has taken steps to bring sustainable, game-changing fuel technology mainstream.

Recent advancements in green fuel production, combined with unique circumstances that exist in British Columbia, have resulted in an unprecedented opportunity to create clean, renewable, green diesel that will entirely replace the petroleum based variety currently used in diesel engines. This technology uses the lowest value forestry wood waste while leaving an abundance behind to ensure forestry health. It benefits from BC’s vast, government managed forests and it takes advantage of currently available technology, in a new and unique way.

Background

BC forestry operations leave behind approximately 2.3 billion cubic meters per year of forestry biomass. If we used only 15% of this biomass, it would produce over one million barrels of clean, renewable, green diesel oil per day. For comparison, Alberta currently produces approximately 1.6 million barrels ofcrude oil per day. Incredibly, BC forests could position Canada as the number one producer of renewable energy worldwide and make it 4th amongst all the world’s oil producers.

Why This Technology and Why Now?

Technological advancements don’t always equal ‘new’ or ‘unproven’. In some cases, new thinking is the advancement that is needed. The Hummingbird Process unites two technologies that are established and proven.

  1. The production of bio-oil is not new. It is, however, a low-value product with limited use. Due to high levels of water and oxygen, the oil ‘gums up’ and performs poorly in lower temperatures.
  2. Hydrogen has been produced from a variety of sources for many years and is the key component in refining bio-oil into green diesel that can be used full-strength in diesel engines.

The combination of these technologies is a recent advancement and a very timely one that has an ability to produce renewable energy from readily available and low-cost waste materials; organic waste (Urban Biomass™) our cities are currently looking to dispose of and wood waste materials that are otherwise burned or becomes a fire hazard in our forests.