Some of our Success Stories

EnVertis has a unique experience in assisting its clients in the identification and implementation of transformational strategies for commodity and added-value bioproducts, having short and longer-term impact on profitability.

Forest Product Companies

Biorefinery Strategy Roadmap for Corporate Decision-Making

Systematic identification of 6 promising biorefinery strategies for a specific mill using a phased approach. More than 200 process/product options were systematically assessed and triaged using a risk-based approach. Early-stage techno-economics and market assessment provided the basis for a Multi-Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM) activity involving senior executives and board members. This process resulted in an alignement between stakeholders for the definition of their innovation strategy.

 

Systematic Risk Assessment of Biorefinery Project Implementation

Systematic risk identification and mitigation associated with the implementation of a biorefinery project in retrofit to an existing mill involving a non-traditional partnership. A risk register was developed considering different risk natures, different project implementation phases, as well as different probabilities of occurrence and impacts. For each risk, specific mitigation strategies were presented which led to recommendations associated with the project management and/or contractual negotiations with the partner. Residual risks were determined and follow-up actions were identified. As a result of this activity, a dynamic risk register tool was provided for systematic risk monitoring.

 

Biorefinery Opportunities Assessment for a Integration in a Canadian Thermo-Mechanical Pulping Mill

Identification of viable and profitable biorefinery strategies for implementation in retrofit to a TMP mill and development of order-of-magnitude capital and operating costs for the retained options combined with preliminary market analysis. 3 main pathways were assessed: fast pyrolysis, fractionation with a focus on lignin and bio-butanol product portfolio, and the production of TMP fibre-based biocomposites. A set of specific criteria was defined in order to conduct a Multi-Criteria Decision-Making panel involving key stakeholders at the mill and corporate levels in order to identify the most promising biorefinery strategies.

 

Added-value Biorefinery Strategy Involving Biochemical Process

Creation of a competitive environment for negotiation for the sale of a sugar-based added-value chemicals on the market. Unique, non-traditional partnerships were identified and assessed between forestry and non-forestry companies for supporting early-to-market competitive advantage. This biorefinery project received funding from both the federal and provincial governments and is expected to break ground in 2014.

 

Commodity-driven Biorefinery Strategy Involving Thermochemical Process

Techno-economic assessment of 6 product-process pathways leading to the production of biofuels incl. torrefied pellets, engineering wood pellets and pyrolysis oil. A multi-criteria decision making was used to identify the most preferred option for which a preliminary non-bankable business plan was developed including a value proposal and sales strategy involving European off-takers.



Business Strategy for the Sale of Fibre-based Biocomposites

Assistance in the development of an innovative biomaterial strategy including the identification of potential off-takers and the phased approach to market penetration from commodity to added-value market opportunities. 

 

Development of Proposals for Grant Applications

Development of 3 proposals at the Federal level for leading Canadian forest product companies of which 2 were retained for support including a sugar-based strategy and a biomaterials strategy.

Government and Public Institutions

Biorefinery Opportunities Assessment for a Canadian Province

Assistance in the exploration of biorefinery strategies that exploit the forest resource in the Province in a responsible manner and increase/secure employment. Conduction of a Multi-Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM) panel involving key stakeholders within the government in order to identify the most promising biorefinery strategies.



Multi-Criteria Decision-Making for Providing Recommendations to a Provincial Government

Using the investor’s perspective, systematic assessment of a set of sustainable product/process triticale biorefinery options that lead to recommendations for biorefinery implementation in Alberta.



Biorefinery Business Model Evaluation for Various Governmental Programs

Critical review and recommendations on more than 50 biorefinery business plans developed by forest product companies considering biorefinery implementation and seeking funding opportunities.



Market and Sustainability Due Diligence for a Governmental-funded Program

Due diligence evaluations focusing on market strategy viability and sustainability parameters for biofuel production projects in Canada.

Technology Providers and Allied Companies

Assistance in securing governmental funding

Identification of funding sources and development of winning proposals for the first commercial implementation of a innovative biochemical process.

 

Prefeasibility Cost Estimates for a European Thermochemical Platform Developer

Cost feasibility analysis supported by preliminary business opportunity assessment for the production of ethylene-propylene rubber considering the supply of forest-based feedstock in the Canadian context. 



Risk Assessment for Technology Providers Involving Thermochemical and Hybrid Processes

Qualitative and quantitative risk analysis of preliminary business and technology plan for several technology developers leading to risk and mitigation strategies recommendations for further business development.

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