Second Generation – Alternative Bioenergy Generation Technologies

Second-generation bioenergy processes are new methods of generating “green” energy separate from oil & gas processes that are currently a foundation of global energy production.

PAMI is engaged in exploring many aspects of second-generation bioenergy processes particularly in using agricultural and non-agricultural biomass to generate energy. PAMI is currently conducting projects in

  • Solid Fuels Combustion: Design, Testing and Demonstration
  • Biofuels Production Technology: Processing, Torrefaction, 
    Gasification and Digestion
  • Biofuels and Bioproducts End-Use: Evaluation, Testing and Emissions

Current projects

PAMI is undertaking a number of second-generation bioenergy projects, including:


PAMI is investigating the feasibility developing of a Solid Fuel Processing and Combustion Demonstration Centre to process biomass for combustion (drying, size reduction, torrefaction, densification). The centre would demonstrate biomass combustion processes and determine operational and maintenance issues related to biomass combustion.

Fact: The energy contained in the surplus straw in SK would heat half a million Saskatchewan homes. 

Anaerobic Digestion

Whether the feedstock is solid or liquid, anaerobic digestion involves using microorganisms to break down biodegradable materials (biomass and/or animal waste) in the absence of oxygen. It is used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste and/or to produce methane that can be burned to create energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. The residue or sludge from the process makes a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Fact: If all the feedlot manure in SK could be digested, there would be 6.2 million GJ of energy in the biogas produced.

PAMI’s research explores:

  • Gas production and quality
  • Recipe development for co-substrates
  • Applications for the solid residue from the process.

For more information on solid state anaerobic digestion please click here.

PAMI has been involved with anaerobic digestion research even before its Applied Bioenergy Centre was operating, both at the lab scale and pilot plant scale.

For details on current projects please email