Saskatchewan company turning flax straw into biomass fuel
By Ellen Cools
Prairie Clean Energy (PCE), based in Regina, Sask., has developed a process for turning Saskatchewan flax straw, which is often burned or trashed, into biomass fuel.
According to Estevan Mercury, PCE is now processing and selling flax straw for biomass fuel domestically and internationally.
“There is a world shortage of wood fibre used to make biomass fuel and almost 670,000 tonnes of flax straw gets burned or trashed on the prairies every year. Flax straw actually burns at higher BTUs per pound than wood fibre, making it a natural alternative to wood, and most importantly, something Saskatchewan flax farmers can make money from,” PCE CEO Mark Cooper told Estevan Mercury.
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