PCE IN THE MEDIA
January 20, 2024
In the future, flax pellets might be used as the main form of heating in the potash industry thanks to a collaboration between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Regina-based company, Prairie Clean Energy.
Dr. Robin Smith with Sask. Polytechnic says the goal of the collaboration is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing the use of natural gas with bioheat, generated by burning locally acquired flax pellets.
January 19, 2024
Earlier this year Saskatchewan-based business, Prairie Clean Energy, received a $1.1 million grant from the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) Network for their innovative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction project. The project aims to revolutionize the potash industry by utilizing locally produced agricultural waste in the form of flax straw to generate low carbon bioheat, potentially reducing GHG emissions by up to 80 percent.
January 12, 2024
Prairie Clean Energy has teamed up with Saskatchewan Polytechnic in a project to turn the province’s agricultural waste into low carbon bioheat.
The Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) Network gave Prairie Clean Energy a grant for $1.1 million for a research project seeking to create heat from flax straw that would otherwise be a waste product.
Prairie Clean Energy is working together on the project with Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s applied research centre, known as Sustainability-Led Integrated Centres of Excellence (SLICE).
January 10, 2024
In collaboration with Saskatchewan-based business Prairie Clean Energy, Saskatchewan Polytech will develop a “living lab” pilot operation at an agricultural site near Moose Jaw to serve as a testing ground for the viability of using prairie biomass to generate industrial heat.
The project will draw on a $1.1 million grant that Prairie Clean Energy received from the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) Network for its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction project.
October 17, 2023
A Saskatchewan-based company that focuses on providing sustainable and clean prairie-based biomass fuel, wants to buy flax straw from producers.
CEO of Prairie Clean Energy Mark Cooper says they’re buying between 6-thousand to 54-thousand tons of straw at a time, within a 100-kilometre radius around Regina and a 75-kilometre radius around Gilbert Plains, Manitoba.
It’s part of their plan to scale up production of flax pellets.
August 23, 2023
Prairie Clean Energy is one of Saskatchewan’s most exciting new cleantech startups because of its game-changing approach to providing an environmentally sustainable solution to agricultural waste.
Prairie Clean Energy recently received $180,000 from the Saskatchewan Advantage Innovation Fund (SAIF) to support the development of a technically viable pathway in Saskatchewan for producing and using flax straw pellets as industrial biomass fuel. This solution addresses the global biomass shortage and provides farmers with an economical and environmentally conscious way to use flax waste.
August 10, 2023
Saskatchewan-based business, Prairie Clean Energy (PCE), has announced they will start buying flax straw from Canadian producers on the prairies this fall as the company starts its first foray into scaling up production of its flax pellets.
PCE will be purchasing flax straw within a 75-kilometre radius around both Regina and Gilbert Plains, Man., where the company has leased time at a facility for the initial production of the company’s proprietary flax pellets.
August 9, 2023
Prairie Clean Energy (PCE) has a vision that turning underused flax straw from the Canadian prairies into sustainable pellets for diverse uses. This company from Saskatchewan said they will start buying this straw soon to begin making their special pellets.
The company is looking for flax straw in two main areas; Regina and Gilbert Plains, MB, within a 75-km radius of each location. Based on the firm’s growth and production outlook for 2024, PCE anticipates buying between 6,000 and 54,000 tonnes of this valuable straw.
August 8, 2023
Saskatchewan-based business, Prairie Clean Energy (PCE), is excited to announce they will start buying flax straw from Canadian producers on the prairies this fall as the company starts its first foray into scaling up production of its flax pellets.
PCE will be purchasing flax straw within a 75-kilometre radius around both Regina and Gilbert Plains, MB, where the company has leased time at a facility for the initial production of the company’s proprietary flax pellets. PCE will be buying anywhere from 6,000 to 54,000 tonnes of flax straw, the range being wide as the company works on production projections and growth plans into 2024.
“We’re thrilled to say we’re now producing pellets and moving from being a Saskatchewan start-up success story into a revenue-producing Saskatchewan success story,” said Mark Cooper, PCE’s CEO and president, adding, “We knew the time was right to start buying straw now as all our hard work, relationship building, and research over the past few years has led to this market opportunity.”
June 27, 2023
Saskatchewan-based business, Prairie Clean Energy (PCE), is thrilled to announce they have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) Network for their GHG emissions reduction project utilizing prairie biomass. Of the 24 projects receiving MICA funding, PCE was the only Saskatchewan recipient. This MICA grant provides yet another opportunity for the fast-growing bioenergy company.
By using PCE’s proprietary, patented flax straw pellets to help heat potash mines, the carbon intensity of heat consumption in these mines can be reduced drastically. PCE’s chief product and supply chain development officer, Mahmood Ebadian, suggests, “This technology has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent when used to displace fossil fuels for industrial process heating.” Meanwhile PCE president and CEO, Mark Cooper, states, “The $1.1 million grant will help PCE continue to drive an energy revolution around the world through the use of our local prairie biomass.”
February 2, 2023
Saskatchewan’s trade and export development minister is to lead a delegation to Japan and South Korea this week to explore new trade opportunities.
Jeremy Harrison will be leading the delegation, the provincial government announced Thursday. The mission will focus on promoting natural resources like uranium and helium, and will also “highlight the importance of partnerships in food security and energy transition.”
Mark Cooper, CEO of Prairie Clean Energy, will also be joining the delegation. He said the mission is an opportunity to further Saskatchewan’s role as a leader in sustainable bioenergy.
“Saskatchewan is one of the most sustainable producers on Earth and we need to capitalize on the opportunity,” Cooper said in a statement.
May 3, 2022
Prairie Clean Energy CEO and President Mark Cooper says Saskatchewan could fill a void because the war in Ukraine has halted biomass exports from Russia. With the war in Ukraine, he said, companies across Europe are eagerly looking for the product because they can no longer source it from Russia.
“The number of requests for meetings has been overwhelming,” said Cooper, the CEO and president of Prairie Clean Energy, during a phone interview from London, U.K. last week. “All of that is very encouraging for us. Their demand is exceedingly high. And their interest in working with stable, reliable government is really high, too.”
Cooper spent the last week of April promoting Saskatchewan biomass in London.
West Central Online
January 25, 2022
Saskatchewan-based bioenergy company, Prairie Clean Energy (PCE), welcomed representatives from Japan’s largest renewable energy developer – RENOVA Inc. – to Regina last week for important talks.
The meetings with RENOVA Inc. highlight the global interest in PCE’s momentum in the bioenergy space, and demonstrate the high-level of demand for a fully renewable and sustainable biomass fuel source like flax straw.
December 7, 2021
Prairie Clean Energy is excited to announce we have been awarded a grant through the Saskatchewan Advantage Innovation Fund (SAIF) and Agtech Growth Fund (AGF).
Through the SAIF and AGF programs, the Government of Saskatchewan is investing in six innovative Saskatchewan companies from the province’s core economic sectors.
August 20, 2020
There may be a solution for what to do with flax straw other than burning it that could make prairie farmers money.
Prairie Clean Energy, a Saskatchewan based company, is processing and selling flax straw for biomass fuel to Canadian and global customers.
July 30, 2020
A Saskatchewan company, Prairie Clean Energy of Regina, has found a way to take the thousands of tonnes of Saskatchewan flax straw that gets burned or trashed on the prairies every year and turn it into something that can provide income to producers and sustainable growth for rural Saskatchewan.
July 28, 2020
The need for biomass fuel has been steadily climbing over the past few years. In the past coal was used for factories before moving over to biomass fuel which used wood in order to better protect the environment.