Canadian Biomass Magazine

New podcast explores the benefits and potential of wood pellets

July 8, 2021
By Gordon Murray, Executive Director, WPAC

Gary Bull, professor and head of department at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Forest Resources Management.

The future is bright for wood pellets from Canada; from enhancing forest health and improving utilization to contributing to global efforts against climate change. In this recent episode of The Construction Record podcast, digital media editor Warren Frey interviews the University of British Columbia’s Department of Forest Resources Management professor Gary Bull about the potential and current use of bioenergy.

Bull discusses the innovative uses for wood pellets as an energy source in Europe as well as advancements in British Columbia and the potential to supply global customers with a sustainable, environmentally friendly fuel source to displace coal-fired electricity.

The interview covers a lot of ground including:

  • How is biomass used?
  • How does Canada compare to other countries in the adoption of biomass?
  • What are the major opportunities for using renewable fuel like pellets at home and around the world?
  • As a renewable energy source, how do pellets compare to solar or wind?
  • Trees capture carbon, how does the industry address the carbon once the pellets are burned for fuel?
  • Can you retrofit old buildings for biomass?
  • What is the future of pellets?


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