Use of lignin-based asphalt concrete in a Canadian context

Consortium Members: Pioneer Construction Inc, FPInnovations, West Fraser, City of Thunder Bay, École de technologie supérieure, Lakehead University, and Laval University.

CRIBE Funding: $200,000

Project Total Value: $1,455,000

Project Goal

The goal of this project is to increase the commercial readiness of lignin polymers and fine chemicals through the commercial demonstration of lignin-based asphalt in Canada.

Pioneer and its consortium will achieve this by:

  • Performing all required tests on the bitumen, the bitumen modified with lignin, and the lignin-modified asphalt to ensure they meet provincial standards.
  • Conducting accelerated testing of the lignin-modified asphalt in a controlled environment at University Laval.
  • Conducting an on-site pilot demonstration on sections of road in Ontario.
  • Completing a full environmental and life cycle cost analysis comparing lignin-modified asphalt to conventional asphalt.
  • Communicating the outcomes of this project throughout the project’s duration, via conferences, scientific papers, reports, meetings, etc.


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