June 30, 2017 - Wood is the largest biomass energy source today; examples include forest residues (such as dead trees, branches and tree stumps), yard clippings, wood chips and even municipal solid waste. Wood energy is derived by using lignocellulosic biomass (second-generation biofuels) as fuel. Harvested wood may be used directly as a fuel or collected from wood waste streams to be processed into pellet fuel or other forms of fuels.
June 29, 2017 - In the last few years we’ve hosted introductory dust collection courses across Western Canada for dust producing facilities. Regardless of size of the facility or dust particulate produced there are a few key things to look for when evaluating whether or not your system is a fire or explosion waiting to happen.
June 26, 2017 - Earlier this spring 2017, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada Safety Committee (WPACSC) created a new safety working group – the Wood Fibre Storage Working Group (WFSWG) – to facilitate the development of proposed guidelines to assist employers in understanding and assessing the hazards and options for storage and infeed processes along with risk mitigation strategies and assessment.
June 26, 2017 - Wood pellet imports to Asia reached an all-time-high in the 4Q/16 when Japan and South Korea together imported 630,000 tons of pellets. Although import volumes were down slightly in the 1Q/17, they were still over 40 per cent higher than in the 1Q/16, as reported in the latest issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).
June 26, 2017 - Current wood pellet industry safety performance and priorities, including combustible dust in raw material storage areas and risks and best practices regarding syngas in drum driers, were discussed at length at the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada's safety conference, which took place June 13-14 in Prince George, B.C.
June 26, 2017 - On June 13 -14, the Canadian wood pellet industry gathered in Prince George, B.C., for its annual safety conference. This year, for the first time, we included a full day of training on the topic of Process Safety Management, which was presented by Jamie Merriam of ACM Facility Safety.
June 20, 2017 - FutureMetrics has made significant updates to one of its most popular dashboards: Wood Pellets in Coal Power Plants.
June 19, 2017 - SBP, PEFC Chain of Custody, Green Gold Label, ENplus and CANplus – all of them wood pellet certification schemes, some for quality, some for sustainability. No doubt I’ve missed others.
June 12, 2017 - The global annual wood pellet trade is currently about 30 million tonnes and growing at about 15 per cent per year. About half of all wood pellets are sold in the industrial sector for power generation while the other half are sold in the heating sector for residential, commercial and institutional applications.
June 6, 2017 - Lignetics, Inc. (Lignetics) announced the acquisition of the Marth Companies LLC which includes manufacturing plants in Marathon, Athens, and Peshtigo, Wisc. as well as the Marth Transportation trucking assets, giving Lignetics a strong position in the Wisconsin and upper mid-west markets. Lignetics is the largest residential wood pellet manufacturing company in the U.S. which now has a production capacity of approximately 650,000 tons of wood pellets per year. The company is the only pellet manufacturing company that has wood pellet manufacturing plants in the East, Central, and West geography with nine plant locations in the states of Maine, Oregon, Idaho, West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin.
June 6, 2017 - For the last five years most woodworking facilities have seen an increase in efforts to ensure wood processing facilities which create combustible dust meet the safety standards as defined by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). In several instances this is their first exposure to the NFPA and how it affects safety and cost.
May 25, 2017 – Japan is a good news story for Canada’s wood pellet producers. As recently as 2014, Canada exported just 62,000 tonnes to Japan, but by 2016, this had increased by a whopping 350 per cent to 272,000 tonnes. Canada presently accounts for 78 per cent of Japanese wood pellet imports and we aim to maintain this position. As impressive as these figures sound, by 2030, Japan’s wood pellet imports are expected to increase from the current total of 347,000 tonnes to more than seven million tonnes per year!
May 16, 2017 - Rentech, Inc., is reporting a gross loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 of $0.7 million. A year ago the company reported a gross profit of $0.1 million. Operating loss from those continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 was $31.0 million, as compared to $10 million in the prior year period.
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