Open House of New Energy Farms, Leamington, ON

The Open House of New Energy Farms was an event well worth travelling to remote Leamington. Dean Tiessen and his team showcased the entire biomass cycle, starting with the Miscanthus breeding program, planting techniques with customized equipment, harvesting of biomass and planting material (rhizomes) for their customer base. 

NEF use biomass for their own greenhouse operation and manage to do it cost effectively, which is remarkable, considering the extremely low natural gas prices in North-America.
New Energy Farms are directly represented in Canada, the USA and the EU. They have formed partnerships with a multitude of research facilities all over the globe. NEF has the most comprehensive Miscanthus varieties in the world and are the dominant supplier of Miscanthus in North-America and Europe.
NEF have a very comprehensive biomass marketing concept, ranging from low cost biomass for combustion to high grade fibres for top end biomass applications.
NEF’s business model is to work closely with all kinds of partners in the industry and try hard to learn from past experiences and mistakes. 
The Open House was very well attended, mainly with participants from Canada and the USA. One of the visitors was a delegate from BP in Texas. It is very encouraging to see that major energy companies, like BP, see a genuine future business opportunity in biomass.
During dinner, compliment of NEF, Dean Tiessen gave a comprehensive presentation of his operation and the biomass industry at large. While enjoying dinner we had an excellent opportunity for “biomass networking” and getting professional answers to all kinds of questions from Dean.
Congratulations and thank you NEF Team!

Ontario Biomass Producers Co-Op